2 June 2020

Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 9 - Robin Tritschler
Studio Master: CDJ33129  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘A selection that focuses on the lyrical and folk-like, thus playing to several of Robin Tritschler’s particular strengths, not least a certain fresh directness of interpretation, if interpretation is the word for such unmannered and non-interventionist singing. Much is achieved though Tritschler’s care for line and tone and word-meaning, without seeming on first hearing to do much more than deliver what is written. But this is an art that conceals art, and this particular selection of items is supremely well served by it. Of course he is blessed with the most appealing vocal charm, instantly recognisable, and an instinctive feeling for style. But here the honey-toned Irish troubadour comes of age as a great lieder singer … very highly recommended. After six years or so of reviewing for this site, I have yet to suggest an unassailable personal ‘record of the year’ for MusicWeb’s annual listing. Now I have one before May is out’ (MusicWeb International)» More
1 June 2020

Beethoven: The Piano Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68291/3  3CDs  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘It is a tribute to the quality of Stephen Hough’s musicianship that the new cycle’s most memorable performance should be that of Beethoven’s Janus-like Third Piano Concerto, the one—on record at least—that has often proved the most elusive … a soloist whose fineness of touch and sharpness of delineation recall those of such predecessors as Solomon and Gilels’ (Gramophone)
1 June 2020

Handel: Messiah … Refreshed!
Studio Master: SIGCD610  Download only  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Dishing up a rich, lusciously executed bowl of nostalgia, Jonathan Griffith conducts with evident relish and affection … it'll be interesting to see if others follow where Griffith has boldly led’ (BBC Music Magazine)
1 June 2020

Homage to Godowsky
Studio Master: CDA68310  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Gugnin's masterful fluidity in the scurrying passages [of Blumenfeld's Étude pour la main gauche seule] is impressive; so is the judicious use of pedal. As with the subsequent Gabrilowitsch study, it's diffcult to believe that this music is performed by just five digits … Gugnin brings out the Chopinesque colours in [Hofmann's] 'Vision' and 'Nenien', while 'Jadis' is more playful. The sound quality is pristine throughout’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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1 June 2020

Howells: Missa Sabrinensis & Michael Fanfare
Studio Master: CDA68294  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The combined forces certainly make a glorious noise, at its most impressive with the extensive Gloria section, while in the Credo with 'et sepultus est' the orchestra, finely recorded, sounds suitably tenebrous and macabre, followed by the choir's startling 'Et resurrexit' … uplifting’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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1 June 2020

Howells: Missa Sabrinensis & Michael Fanfare
Studio Master: CDA68294  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘A texturally high-definition performance from David Hill and the superbly trained amateurs of The Bach Choir … it’s an electrifying performance: one of those you never knew you were waiting for but can’t imagine now ever doing without’ (Gramophone)
1 June 2020

Jančevskis: Aeternum & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68328  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘From haunting stillness to exquisite plangency, the Latvian Jančevskis's choral music captivates with its sheer intensity. It is superbly sung here by the highly polished Riga Cathedral Choir’ (BBC Music Magazine)

1 June 2020

Rachmaninov: Songs
Studio Master: CDA68309  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Sitkovetsky sings with real passion, and is emotive … she is duly ecstatic in ‘Spring Waters’ and she hits the top notes of ‘How fair this spot’ with beautiful shading of dynamics. Vignoles is at his finest in the shimmering piano colours of ‘Lilacs’, a gorgeous performance’ (Gramophone)
1 June 2020

Schumann (C) & Mendelssohn (Fanny): Piano Trios & String Quartet
Studio Master: CDA68307  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘These well recorded and beautifully played performances get inside the musical dynamics of these enormously appealing works and in the case of the piano trios make a good case for their having an enduring presence in the repertoire’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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1 June 2020

Schumann (C) & Mendelssohn (Fanny): Piano Trios & String Quartet
Studio Master: CDA68307  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The impression of this music being taken seriously on its own merits only intensifies when you press play … to say this disc makes the case for Schumann and Mendelssohn standing on their own two feet, away from the music of their menfolk, is something of an understatement’ (Gramophone)
31 May 2020
The Sunday Times, David Cairns
Elgar & Beach: Piano Quintets
Studio Master: CDA68295  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Both the Beach and the Elgar quintet—that strange, haunted self-communing of his later years—receive powerful, expressive performances from the Takács Quartet and Garrick Ohlsson’ (The Sunday Times)
30 May 2020
BBC Record Review, Andrew McGregor
Elgar & Beach: Piano Quintets
Studio Master: CDA68295  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘For me, the outstanding thing here is the coupling, the Piano Quintet from 1907 by American composer Amy Beach. It's Brahmsian in ambition and Romantic range, but hers is an original voice and I don't think I've ever heard the slow movement lingered over with such loving expressivity … Garrick Ohlsson with the Takács Quartet—a really potent partnership. And the power and passion at play in the outer movements means this definitely doesn't come over as the lesser piece alongside Elgar's Piano Quintet in an equally heartfelt performance’ (BBC Record Review)
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