25 March 2021

Vida breve
Studio Master: CDA68260  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This is a terrific disc with world class playing. Hough's technique is staggering in all respects but that never overshadows the music and I am constantly drawn in by his artful melody lines, elegant phrasing and masterful pedalling. Death does indeed come to us all but Hough demonstrates that the path to it is an enriching and affirmative experience’ (MusicWeb International)» More
18 March 2021

French duets
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‘What an absolute treat. If you have played piano duets, the chances are that at least one of these Gallic offerings has passed under your fingers. Rarely, though, has this music sounded as good as in the hands of Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne … in short, this is pure enjoyment from start to finish’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More

18 March 2021

Guerrero: Magnificat, Lamentations & Canciones
Studio Master: CDA68347  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Peter Phillips in his notes writes: ‘An album of Guerrero, sung by Spaniards, which not only shows off his best sacred music, but also puts some of his secular writing in the frame, has long been overdue.’ That alone is a reason to acquire this disc … a strong passion and commitment to the music’ (MusicWeb International)» More
18 March 2021

Guerrero: Magnificat, Lamentations & Canciones
Studio Master: CDA68347  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The 38-strong Spanish choir produces a sound that is rich yet at the same time remarkably intimate and crystalline. The group’s honorary director is Peter Phillips and something of the silvery polish of his ensemble The Tallis Scholars seems to have rubbed off here. Choral textures are lucid and diction is generally clear … there is … a moving sincerity to these accounts’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More

18 March 2021

Ligeti: The 18 Études
Studio Master: CDA68286  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘No other piano music written as recently has established a place in the repertoire like Ligeti’s Études … these works are here to stay, in the distinguished line of études stretching back via Debussy to Chopin. They require even more virtuosity, sometimes of a brain-teasing sort, and Danny Driver supplies it all’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More

18 March 2021

Haydn: String Quartets Op 76
Studio Master: CDA68335  2CDs for the price of 1  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Here we have some of the greatest, most formally innovative, inventive and deeply felt string quartets ever composed, delivered by a quartet of players of faultless intonation, unanimity and blend, whose approach to Haydn has matured through eight much-praised previous albums of his quartets, and who have evidently prepared the present set with minute care’ (BBC Music Magazine)
16 March 2021

French duets
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‘Here we have two superb pianists working in perfect equipoise and harmony and the results are superb … two very fine musicians are having fun and those of us who hear the disc reap the benefits’ (MusicWeb International)» More
15 March 2021
Classics Today, David Hurwitz
Stanford: A Song of Agincourt & other works
Studio Master: CDA68283  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘These performances present all of the music in a positive light. Howard Shelley makes a thoroughly committed advocate, Stanford scholar Jeremy Dibble contributes superbly written notes, and Hyperion’s engineers capture it all in vivid, lifelike sonics … Fairy Day, though, is worth the price of the disc. It’s a real find.’ (Classics Today)
14 March 2021

French duets
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‘The partnership of Lewis and Osborne has already produced one exceptional disc: Schubert’s music for four hands, including the Fantasie in F minor, one of the genre’s masterpieces. They renew their collaboration in a programme of French duets—plus Stravinsky of his Parisian years—framed by two of the most popular pieces in the repertoire, Fauré’s Dolly Suite and the original version of Ravel’s Ma mère l’oye. The two pianists lavish an almost orchestral palette of colours on both: limpid, translucent textures, vital rhythmic address and shapely phrasing of both composers’ melodies … an absorbing and brilliantly played programme’ (The Sunday Times)
13 March 2021
BBC Record Review, Andrew McGregor
Ligeti: The 18 Études
Studio Master: CDA68286  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Danny Driver’s performances are intensely focused but always alive to the deep humanity of the exercises, not just their ingenuity and complexity … and it's a luminous, detailed recording as well’ (BBC Record Review)» More
6 March 2021
BBC Record Review, Andrew McGregor
French duets
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‘[Osborne and Lewis are] decorous guides to the old-world charms of [Debussy's] suite after delighting in the more piquant rhythms and harmonies of Poulenc's Sonata for four hands and the beautiful fairytale tints of Ravel's Mother Goose. It's excellent piano sound as well’ (BBC Record Review)
3 March 2021
The Daily Telegraph, Ivan Hewett
French duets
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‘A meeting of two finely balanced, subtle musical minds’ (The Daily Telegraph)
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