7 August 2018

The Lily & the Rose
Studio Master: CDA68228  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The Binchois Consort performs with stylishness and a real feeling for this period, mostly adopting broad tempos that underline the music’s natural ebb and flow, melodic invention and austere grandeur, and also encompasses jubilation, warmth and touching intimacy … included in the handsome booklet is an erudite note, texts and enticing images’ (Classical Source)» More

7 August 2018

Byrd: Motets
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‘The choir of King’s College Cambridge had been singing divine service for well over a century when William Byrd assumed his first major post at Lincoln Cathedral around 1563, and his music is woven through the choir’s lengthy discography … Stephen Cleobury stakes his claim on a clutch of Latin motets artfully arranged to chart the onward march of the liturgical year’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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7 August 2018

Charpentier: Leçons de ténèbres, Litanies & Magnificat
Studio Master: CDA68171  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘It epitomises the qualities of this flexible group and their indefatigable director Jonathan Cohen: interesting and under-appreciated repertoire, wonderfully elegant, stylishly executed playing, and adroitly chosen soloists … I would argue these sensitively played and truthfully engineered performances demand to be heard. Indeed I found the whole disc both spiritually fulfilling and artistically rewarding’ (MusicWeb International)» More
7 August 2018

Handel: Handel's Finest Arias for Base Voice, Vol. 2
Studio Master: CDA68152  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Christopher Purves … scores another triumph in this recital of solo Handel arias … few singers can match the colours, plush timbres, and rugged muscle of Purves’s instrument, and no singer surpasses his dramatic imagination … Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo … enrich the recording with a fiery rendition of Handel’s Concerto Grosso in F major, HWV315’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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7 August 2018

Paganini: 24 Caprices
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‘As Roman Simovic moves through the micro-worlds of Paganini’s imagination, he has a nice line in rubato, and already in the second caprice there’s a good sense of his intimate relationship with the music, intensified in the portamento octaves in the third, and the contrasts of tempo in the fourth … the famous variations of the 24th [are] dispatched with elegance’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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4 August 2018
TheArtsDesk.com, Graham Rickson
Couperin (L): Dances from the Bauyn Manuscript
Studio Master: CDA68224  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Kolesnikov makes it sound easy, his improvisatory freedom hand-in-hand with shrewd musical intelligence. He knows just how long to sustain the notes, the squelchy dissonances resolving to enchanting effect … magical stuff’ (TheArtsDesk.com)» More
3 August 2018

MacMillan: String Quartets
Studio Master: CDA68196  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Written at roughly ten-year intervals from 1988 to 2007, Sir James MacMillan’s three String Quartets (to date) are finely crafted and rewarding works that combine intensity of expression with austere, craggy beauty. Their formidable demands are dispatched with astounding assurance by the Royal String Quartet … this release enjoys excellent annotation and sound’ (Classical Source)» More

1 August 2018

Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 7
Studio Master: SIGCD807  Download only  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘With a rich palette of 42 ranks at his disposal, Goode has no difficulty in unfailingly refreshing the listener's ears … a deeply satisfying programme from a player at the peak of his powers’ (Gramophone)
1 August 2018

Beethoven: Piano Concerto; Mendelssohn: Double Concerto
Studio Master: SIGCD523  Download only  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Pianist Min-Jung Kym and violinist Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay meet [Mendelssohn's] considerable technical demands with aplomb … there's both tenderness and poise in the Adagio … the finale dances with a graceful, playful ease’ (Gramophone)
1 August 2018

Handel: Handel's Finest Arias for Base Voice, Vol. 2
Studio Master: CDA68152  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Purves is surely unique among today’s Anglophone singers in fusing an easily produced high baritone, by turns mellifluous and incisive, with a clean, resonant bass register … characterisation is always apt and specific, yet never at the expense of beauty of tone and firmness of line … a Handelian winner’ (Gramophone)
1 August 2018

Light Divine
Studio Master: SIGCD526  Download only  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Rykkvin and Bennett duet with impeccable poise and judicious trills in the opening section of the Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne … Rykkvin's polished technique and confident musical personality yield a lovely account of Télaïre's lament from Castor et Pollux’ (Gramophone)
1 August 2018

Rheinberger & Scholz: Piano Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68225  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The Rheinberger Concerto sets off in a mood of confident pomp, its chest metaphorically puffed out, and Callaghan has the technical wherewithal to encompass all its challenges—from big chordal textures to glistening passagework—while the supremely gifted Ben Gernon coaxes terrifically colourful playing from the BBC Scottish SO’ (Gramophone)
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