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Recent reviews

8 December 2014

Debussy: Images & Préludes II
Studio Master: CDA67920  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Marc-Andre Hamelin's stature, extraordinary from the start, increases with every new issue. And here in his latest album he subdues his legendary, transcendent technique to convey Debussy's very essence with a surpassing ease and naturalness … he offers profoundly expressive yet lucid and transparent insights into the composer's teeming imagination … The poetic sheen and finish of all these performances are things to marvel at, leaving me to long for more Debussy, to say nothing of Faure and Ravel, from an artist supremely attuned to the French repertoire, as to so much else. Hmaelin's glistening sonority is flawlessly captured by the Hyperion team. This is a disc to treasure' (Gramophone)» More
8 December 2014

Music for Remembrance
Studio Master: CDA68020  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'This is an exquisite performance of the Durufle Requiem, beautifully evoking the inherent intimacy of the version with chamber orchestra and organ accompaniment, yet wielding great power at the climaxes, where the weight of the Westminster Abbey organ comes into its own. The playing of the Britten Sinfonia is superb, Robert Quinney's fluid immensely colourful organ-playing a joy to behold and Roderick Williams a supremely compelling soloist. The Abbey Choir boys occasionally sound pressured (as in their exposed divided 'Christe eleison') but for the most part this singing is simply divine, and James O'Donnell moulds and shapes every moment with infinite care, the chant-infused lines dovetailing impeccably … as a beautiful listening experience it is in a class of its own' (Gramophone)» More
8 December 2014

Oswald & Napoleão dos Santos: Piano Concertos
Studio Master: CDA67984  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'One cannot imagine these works more convincingly and sincerely executed. What verve and flair he brings to the stamina-sapping solos, and with what gracedul lyricism he invests the cantabile writing. He is only the third pianist to champion the Napoleao concerto. Interestingly, as a child he studied with Evaristo de Campos Coelho (1903-88), who gave the work its first performance in 1941, over half a century after its composition' (Gramophone)» More
8 December 2014

Schumann: Novelletten & Nachtstücke
Studio Master: CDA67983  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'The bravura writing has to be savoured, and there's a lot of it, as well as the unremitting rhythmic energy. And many of the pages are to be counted among Schumann's most inventively complex in their textural detail. Of the eight, only the first and the elaborate last one are often heard; Nos 4 and 5, a waltz and a polonaise respectively, hardly ever. So, lots of discoveries to be made. Danny Driver is commanding and personable. He never fails to establish character and to provide the understanding and flair of a virtuoso in leading us on, in getting from one thing to another' (Gramophone)» More
2 December 2014

Schumann: Novelletten & Nachtstücke
Studio Master: CDA67983  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'In every regard, Driver proves to be an ideal interpreter of Schumann. His technique is exemplary, and his feeling for the emerging Romanticism of Schumann’s music is impressive … The Novelletten are character-pieces, not technical studies: in the Fourth, we are in a kind of ballroom that verges not so much on the wild as on the flamboyant; Driver is admirable here, and in the relatively scaled-down Fifth his grasp of the nature of the music is total. Schumann reserves the most challenging piece until last, but Driver is more than its equal, making the myriad sectionalised construction flow with impressive unity and inevitability. It would surely be impossible to imagine finer accounts than these … In the Nachtstűcke, Driver continues to show himself as the perfect Schumannian, the music being rhythmically well held together and revealed with much sensitivity of touch and natural phrasing, displaying all of the composer’s fanciful invention. And in the F sharp major Romanze, the inherent difficulty of phrasing the finest melody ever written for the thumbs is surmounted with ease. Add to the excellence a recording quality which is perfectly balanced and the result is a truly outstanding disc of great music that for no good reason is relatively little heard' (ClassicalSource.com)» More
2 December 2014
Hi-Fi Critic
Schumann: Novelletten & Nachtstücke
Studio Master: CDA67983  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'The eight Novelletten, whether taken as a set (of nearly 50 minutes’ duration) or as individual pieces, are full of wonder and energy; each might paint a picture and certainly each is full of human feeling, the music itself unpredictable and emotionally heightened, all of which Driver has under his fingers and in his heart and head. The four Night Pieces, as might be expected, as more reclusive and shadowy, but not without their own vigour, Schumann’s characteristic enigma always present to tell us that something – much – lies between the notes. To end the recital, the second of the three Romances is ineffably lovely and lovingly played. Excellent sound; immediate but not intimidating' (Hi-Fi Critic)
1 December 2014
The Whole Note, Canada
Bach: The Art of Fugue
Studio Master: CDA67980  2CDs for the price of 1   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Bach’s monumental late work … [With] The Art of the Fugue, Hewitt has now tackled this set of 18 fugues and canons, which she describes in her detailed booklet notes as 'completely overwhelming, both intellectually and emotionally'. Hewitt’s stylistic trademarks are here—dancing rhythms, nuanced touch and sparkling clarity. She colours each voice so distinctively, you can hear right into the complex textures. But her greatest achievement is to reveal the spiritual depth that suffuses this work' (The Whole Note, Canada)
26 November 2014
The Telegraph
Schumann: Novelletten & Nachtstücke
Studio Master: CDA67983  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'These are vintage Schumann, radiating as they do that typical mix of beguiling poetic inspiration, vital virtuosity and lyrical allure … there is an unbroken thread of thought running through Driver's interpretation, with the fluxes of harmony and the nuances of dynamics artlessly etched in and a natural flow and impetus to the music from its very start to its hushed finish. The poise, focus and imagination that Driver brings to the "Novelletten" are equally applied to the four "Nachtstucke", the crepuscular atmosphere of the first one being set against the shifting lights and images of the other three. This is playing of a most perceptive order' (The Telegraph)

25 November 2014

Rameau: Pièces de clavecin
Studio Master: CDA68071/2  2CDs   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'This, as you would expect, is a beautifully produced and presented recording of Rameau’s complete Pièces de clavecin … Mahan Esfahani is a brilliant technician, but more than that he is a master at delivering the character in these pieces. Dark minor-key drama, dancing rhythms and elegance are created with the utmost refinement, and refinement is a major strength of this set as a whole' (MusicWeb International)» More
23 November 2014
The Sunday Times, Hugh Canning
Bach: Mass in B minor
Studio Master: CDA68051/2  2CDs   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Jonathan Cohen's choir of 20 can convey the inward spirituality of Et incarnatus est and the laudatory éclat of the Gloria and Et resurrexit with equal efficacy. The excellent high-voiced soloists are Lydia Teuscher and Ida Falk Winland, duetting sensuously in the Christe eleison, and Tim Mead’s rapt alto in Qui sedes and Agnus Dei. Samuel Boden’s lithe tenor and Neal Davies’s solid bass blend ideally with their colleagues' (The Sunday Times)» More
21 November 2014
The Listener, Germany
Hymns to Saint Cecilia
Studio Master: CDA68047  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

' Kurz und gut: Dieses Album ist hochgradig inspirierend. Vermittelt es doch nicht nur einen absolut frappierenden Einblick in die britische Chormusik der letzten zwei Jahrhunderte. Es zeigt auch, mit wie viel Inbrunst und Hingabe selbst als eher „säkular“ bekannte Komponisten Musik schrieben, wenn es um die Ehrerbietung für die heilige Cäcilia ging. Man könnte meinen, in vielen dieser Stücke würde der Musik selbst gehuldigt. Nikolaus Harnoncourt nannte die Musik sinngemäß einmal einen „Strahl des Göttlichen, der in unser weltliches Leben scheint“, und das fasst diese CD vielleicht besser zusammen, als man es mit vielen anderen Worten beschreiben könnte.

Dank des britischen High Quality-Labels Hyperion ist auch der Sound ausgezeichnet ausgefallen, sodass man eine Natürlichkeit des Klangeindrucks erhält, die man auf anderen Chormusik-CDs leider allzu oft mit der Lupe suchen muss. Großartig' (The Listener, Germany)

18 November 2014

Bach: The Art of Fugue
Studio Master: CDA67980  2CDs for the price of 1   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

' Hewitt’s account, characteristically, is clean and precise but always pianistic—she never seems, like some pianists, to be imitating a harpsichord, whereas her delicate touch means that the music is not burdened with undue heaviness. Her ‘Contrapunctus 2’, for example, dances with carefree abandon. Hewitt is fluent and homogenous, her effective expressive and dynamic contrasts made subtly within an overarching, unifying concept, solemn but not overbearing' (International Record Review)» More
18 November 2014

Bruch: Violin Concerto No 3 & Scottish Fantasy
Studio Master: CDA68050  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'The Second Concerto … is a three-movement piece whose formal dimension – notably the weighty opening Allegro – follows on directly from Beethoven and Brahms. Jack Liebeck projects the combined rhetoric and supplication of the main theme with assurance, finding due tenderness in the ruminative melody that follows. The BBC Scottish Symphony is heard to advantage in the bracing initial and central tuttis, Martyn Brabbins ensuring a close coordination with the soloist in this avowedly symphonic conception. For all its inwardness, the Adagio evinces scarcely less intensive interplay – Liebeck conjuring some exquisite arabesques, not least in the melting coda, while the finale contrasts the robust vigour of its folk-like main theme with more elegant ideas in a rondo whose underlying momentum holds good through to a coda in which virtuosity is deployed to decisive formal ends … Those looking for an impressive new version of the Third Violin Concerto cannot go far wrong with Liebeck' (International Record Review)» More
18 November 2014

Debussy: Images & Préludes II
Studio Master: CDA67920  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'There will always be a special place for playing of Marc-André Hamelin’s quality and insight … The discretion of his pedal work and dynamic control creates layered vistas of perspective, with the notes themselves nuanced precisely to the graphic character of the music at any given moment. The effect is akin to standing in front of a painting and allowing eyes and brain to synch and study every detail, while still nailing the whole picture … With beautifully wrought sound that captures just the right amount of ambient space around a Steinway that must have been prepared by a master technician, seize the day or night with Hamelin at the earliest opportunity. He offers much to learn from as well as to wonder at' (International Record Review)» More
12 November 2014

Hymns to Saint Cecilia
Studio Master: CDA68047  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Gabriel Jackson's La Musique is attractive and beautifully imagined; this is another example of Jackson’s highly inventive ear for unaccompanied choral textures. The soprano solo line, which is a gift for a singer like Dame Felicity, contrasts with and complements the choral parts most effectively. The music is gorgeous, not least the soft, rapt conclusion … This is a most interesting and nicely varied programme of music. The singing is consistently fine. The choir’s blend is excellent and I admire very much the fresh tone that they produce. Rupert Gough, as we know from previous releases, trains his choir marvellously and this disc is another notable achievement. With Adrian Peacock and David Hinitt serving as producer and engineer respectively it’s no surprise that the recordings are excellent. Quite a few of these pieces will be unfamiliar to many collectors, which adds to the attraction of this splendid disc' (MusicWeb International)» More
12 November 2014
The Guardian, Tim Ashley
Schumann: Novelletten & Nachtstücke
Studio Master: CDA67983  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Schumann’s eight Novelletten form the biggest and arguably the most challenging of his piano cycles ... The demands of sustaining the strenuous emotional pitch over the work’s 50-minute span are such that it’s rarely performed whole, either in concert or on disc. Danny Driver, however, who is going from strength to strength at the moment, turns in a powerhouse performance on his new Schumann album, playing with great technical prowess, and admirably alert to the fluctuations of mood and feeling within the prevailing intensity of the whole. His subtle, deeply felt reading of the melancholy Nachtstücke of 1839 provides contrast and relief, and the recital closes with the calm Romanze in F sharp, exquisitely done. Recommended' (The Guardian)» More

1 November 2014

Bach: Mass in B minor
Studio Master: CDA68051/2  2CDs   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'This is a performance where character and rich dimension emerge from within a patient and naturally projected vision of Bach’s most celebrated compendium. The work infrequently speaks with such gracefulness, freedom or conviction' (Gramophone)» More
1 November 2014

Medtner & Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA67936  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'This new recital has proved something of a revelation. Steven Osborne’s recording of the expansive Sonata Romantica, Op. 53 No. 1, reveals colours, and light and shade, that made me listen to the work anew. Lasting almost 25 minutes, this is a big piece, and what’s so impressive about Osborne’s account is not only the superlative technical command but the musical imagination he brings to the work – finding a range of nuance and expressive depth that makes the most urgent and compelling case for large- scale Medtner that I’ve ever come across' (International Record Review)» More
1 November 2014

Music for Remembrance
Studio Master: CDA68020  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'This disc offers a stimulating programme, beautifully performed and very well recorded. The choir is on excellent form and the soloists drawn from its ranks also deserve separate commendation, helping to make this a fine contribution to this year’s remembrance observations' (International Record Review)» More
1 November 2014

Oswald & Napoleão dos Santos: Piano Concertos
Studio Master: CDA67984  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Portuguese-born Artur Pizarro is a natural choice for this repertoire. (A charming booklet photograph shows him as a boy with his teacher, Evaristo de Campos Coelho, who gave the first complete performance of Napoleão’s Concerto.) His playing has all the dash and flair the pieces demand, and the gentler, more lyrical passages are played with an evident understanding of the idiom. He is a brilliant champion for these neglected works. Martyn Brabbins and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales provide the solid support we now expect of them. I hope they thoroughly enjoyed themselves; it certainly seems so. The recording is well up to the exalted standards of the house' (International Record Review)» More
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