1 February 2019
Presto Classical, James Longstaffe
Shostakovich & Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA68239  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘An immensely satisfying performance not just of this movement but of the entire [Shostakovich] sonata … [the Rondo in memory of Prokofiev] makes for a poignantly contemplative close to an exceptionally thoughtful selection of works’ (Presto Classical)» More
1 February 2019

Shostakovich & Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA68239  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Isserlis and Mustonen make a strong case for [the Kabalevsky Sonata] in a performance of grand gestures that proves a real roller coaster ride. Isserlis’s intensity and Mustonen’s pianistic weight suit the piece wonderfully well, and the tolling opening chords sound at once solemn and threatening as Isserlis traces the sorrowing first subject over them. The first climax has an almost shocking ferocity that seems to haunt the meandering scherzo-cum-waltz that eventually follows, and the finale is both hair-raising in its manic energy and thrilling as a display of technical prowess … Isserlis and Mustonen play [the Rondo in memory of Prokofiev] with the combination of lyricism and drama that characterises the rest of the disc. Very fine’ (Gramophone)
1 February 2019
American Record Guide, Charles E. Brewer
Machaut: The gentle physician
Studio Master: CDA68206  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘As in all the earlier releases the booklet contains a very informative essay and complete texts and translations based on the new complete edition … the new recording of the Lay de Confort is particularly welcome’ (American Record Guide)
1 February 2019
MedioEvo, Italy, Franco Bruni
The Lily & the Rose
Studio Master: CDA68228  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

'Grazie a un’emissione particolarmente curata delle otto voci maschili (tre contralti, quattro tenori, un basso) la fusione sonora ottenuta è ottimale, garantendo fluidità e un amalgama equilibrato tra le parti. Una registrazione di grande pregio, affidata a uno dei migliori gruppi specialisti del repertorio medievale che la discografia possa oggi offrire' (MedioEvo, Italy)» More
1 February 2019
American Record Guide, Rob Haskins
The Passinge mesures
Studio Master: CDA68249  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Mr Esfahani is an all-too-rare presence in the harpsichord world. First, he is erudite and indefatigable in his study of the context surrounding the music he plays. (His far-reaching liner notes excite me as much as his performance.) Second, he has amazing technique, amply illustrated by many tracks on this recording, including the notoriously fiendish Barafostus Dreame of Tomkins. And finally, he never allows the often doctrinaire world of historically-informed performance to interfere with his musical instincts and his search for a truly expressive solution to every phrase he plays … each performance is as close to perfection as I can imagine’ (American Record Guide)» More
31 January 2019

Amarae morti
Studio Master: CDA68279  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Lovers of Renaissance polyphony will find that this programme is full of magnificent music from start to finish. The singing of El Léon de Oro is consistently accomplished and full of conviction. I haven’t encountered them before but I’m seriously impressed by what I’ve heard and I hope that Hyperion will record them again. Of course, they could scarcely have more authoritative direction in repertoire such as this than from Peter Phillips … this is a very rewarding disc and I look forward to hearing more from El Léon de Oro before too long’ (MusicWeb International)» More
31 January 2019
AllMusic, USA, Blair Sanderson
Amarae morti
Studio Master: CDA68279  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘A sublime survey of sacred music of the high Renaissance … the 33-voice Spanish choir El León de Oro presents luminous interpretations of these sometimes melancholy but often ethereal pieces, and the direction of early music specialist Phillips, who also leads the famed Tallis Scholars, is as impeccable as ever, with an ear to finding the clearest textures in even the richest part writing’ (AllMusic, USA)» More

31 January 2019
The Guardian, Andrew Clements
Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, troisième année & other late piano works
Studio Master: CDA68202  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Tiberghien never flaunts his total command of those challenges and with an exemplary range of touch and keyboard colour, concentrates instead on these pieces purely as musical statements … Tiberghien presents all of them as perfectly conceived miniatures that often pose more questions than they answer’ (The Guardian)» More

29 January 2019

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No 3 & other works
Studio Master: CDA68201  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This is a distinguished performance … a most enjoyable CD which augurs well if, as I believe, it’s to be the first in a series. The recorded sound is good and Roger Nichols’ note is valuable. Encore, s’il vous plait’ (MusicWeb International)» More
21 January 2019

Amarae morti
Studio Master: CDA68279  NEW  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This is glorious music that unfolds with commitment … a commendable selection sung with considerable accomplishment’ (Classical Source)» More

16 January 2019

Clarke (R): Viola Sonata; Bridge: Cello Sonata
Studio Master: CDA68253  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Natalie Clein proves a dramatic, wholehearted interpreter of the cello version of Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata … the sonata positively sizzles in this performance … if you’re looking for high-octane performances of this repertoire, then make the Clein-Hadland duo your first port of call’ (MusicWeb International)» More
14 January 2019

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

‘The material is always gripping and memorable: there is nothing dull about these works. And, though they must be demanding to play, they are real quartet music, in that you could not imagine them scored in any other way … these are all impressive and rewarding works. They are played with superb confidence and panache by the Royal String Quartet’ (MusicWeb International)» More
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