17 December 2020

Sacred treasures of Christmas
Studio Master: CDA68358  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘This disc is a valuable addition to any collection of Christmas music. I have greatly enjoyed this disc, and I am sure you will enjoy it too’ (MusicWeb International)
16 December 2020
Morning Star, Simon Duff
Tavener: No longer mourn for me & other works for cello
Studio Master: CDA68246  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘An overwhelming, emotionally accessible triumph [Mahámátar] … premiered just a few days after Tavener’s death, [No longer mourn for me] is a sublime work of tenderness and beauty and it concludes what will surely become a classic album by Isserlis and his gifted team, an essential part of this extraordinary canon of spiritual work’ (Morning Star)
13 December 2020
Classic FM, David Mellor
Sacred treasures of Christmas
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‘Beautifully sung … strongly recommended’ (Classic FM)
12 December 2020
Le Devoir, Christophe Huss
Bach: Goldberg Variations
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«Kolesnikov nous livre « ses » Goldberg, sans déformer « les » Goldberg. Et cet apport est aussi majeur que fascinant» (Le Devoir)» More
11 December 2020

Tavener: No longer mourn for me & other works for cello
Studio Master: CDA68246  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Steven Isserlis ends his booklet notes with a ‘hope that this recording as a whole will serve not just as a fitting memorial to John, but also as a catharsis for all of us whose lives were touched by this extraordinary man.’ Well, I would say ‘job done’ to all concerned, especially to the performers for creating such an extraordinary and moving account of every work here, but also to the recording engineers for capturing everything with clarity and empathy to make this a very impressive and memorable release indeed’ (MusicWeb International)» More
9 December 2020

Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 10 - Sophie Rennert
Studio Master: CDJ33130  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Sophie Rennert doesn’t sound the slightest frail but she sings the song [Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer] so beautifully and sensitively that I feel transported back to the days of Erna Berger … she has a well-schooled high mezzo-soprano, beautiful and capable of both rhythmical lilt and dramatic exuberance … her interpretations are well up to the general standard of this series and collectors should with confidence invest in this final issue. This project is a worthy companion to Hyperion’s mammoth series with Schubert’s complete songs, also masterminded by Graham Johnson. Did I write that his accompaniments are just as masterly as they have ever been? They certainly are! Congratulations to Graham and Hyperion for bringing yet another song project to a successful close’ (MusicWeb International)» More
7 December 2020
Limelight, Australia, Greg Keane
Beethoven: Variations
Studio Master: CDA68346  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Hewitt invests this work [WoO80] … with the spirit of the Baroque and the austere elegance of the chaconne and the sarabande. The soft ending seems to come as a gentle reproof to anyone who thought he couldn’t do much with the original theme. Here, Hewitt combines both technical bravura with thematic and tempo cohesion. In the almost equally obscure Op 34 Six Variations on an Original Theme in F, which, Hewitt insightfully notes, is 'made' by the penultimate C Minor variation which, in her hands become a dark harbinger of the Funeral March of the Eroica Symphony. The theme in the succeeding 15 variations and a fugue, Op 35, the so-called Eroica Variations, is the best-known piece here and in Beethoven’s jaunty and most famous 'earworm' she is at her most exuberant, soaking up the generally (except the sombre minor key 14th) 'carnival' mood … Angela Hewitt at her best’ (Limelight, Australia)

6 December 2020

Tavener: No longer mourn for me & other works for cello
Studio Master: CDA68246  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Cellist Steven Isserlis frames this personal, moving tribute to his friend Sir John Tavener with his own eight-cello arrangements of two choral works, the title piece and Preces and Responses, Tavener’s final opus. In between there’s the mantra-like Mahámátar—a mesmerising contribution from Sufi singer Abi Sampa—and two dramatic late works, The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Popule meus. Isserlis’s burnished playing, ably supported by a shrunken Philharmonia Orchestra under conductor Omer Meir Wellber, weaves its usual irresistible spell’ (The Sunday Times)
6 December 2020

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5 & Scenes adapted from Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress
Studio Master: CDA68325  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress preoccupied Vaughan Williams for longer than Wagner worked on The Ring. Its themes, which permeate this Second World War-era symphony, are first found in his stage music of 1906, yet his opera based on the allegory was only finally performed in 1951. The symphony is spaciously, nobly conceived and Kitty Whately makes a touching Angel’ (The Sunday Times)
5 December 2020
Daily Mail, David Mellor
Beethoven: The Piano Concertos
Studio Master: CDA68291/3  3CDs  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Stephen Hough’s complete set of the Piano Concertos is impeccable in taste, judgment and, of course, virtuosity’ (Daily Mail)
2 December 2020

Mäntyjärvi: Choral Music
Studio Master: CDA68266  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘The opening Ave Maria d’Aosta is heavenly and the concluding O magnum mysterium remains in my head long afterwards. This is a disc to immerse oneself in and return to—both for the totality and for picking one’s personal plums. It is a triumph in every respect’ (MusicWeb International)» More
1 December 2020

Bach: Goldberg Variations
Studio Master: CDA68338  RECORD OF THE MONTH   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

‘Kolesnivov’s playing is consistently lovely, and I would defy anyone not to enjoy it’ (BBC Music Magazine)
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