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'Imogen Cooper injects every note with strength of personality.' BBC Music

 


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'Superb entrance into a world that journeys from neoclassical to a modernist voice of great originality.' Gramophone 

 

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"The performances are agile, airborne, refreshingly unpredictable and alive with exhila ...
"The performances are agile, airborne, refreshingly unpredictable and alive with exhilarating freedom ..."
The Observer - 14 August - 2016
Recording of the Month
"...superbly satisfying ..."
Recording of the Month
"...superbly satisfying ..."
Gramophone magazine - September 2016

Critic's Choice

"... Conductor Alan Johnson leads an ...

Critic's Choice

"... Conductor Alan Johnson leads an adept six-member chamber orchestra fro the University of Miami's Frost School of Music with stylistic assurance. The Death of Webern is a striking example of how to write an illuminating opera about a famous composer without merely appropriating that composer's music."

Joshua Rosenblum - Opera News magazine (USA) - September 2016

"Her [Kakabadse] work is finely constructed and can be very beautiful ... The m ...

"Her [Kakabadse] work is finely constructed and can be very beautiful ... The mood is sombre throughout and the use of the instrumental ensemble heightens the effect. Again, the performance is exceptional."

**** (Very Good)

Shirley Ratcliffe - Choir & Organ magazine - September/October 2016
***** ( Highly Recommended)
***** ( Highly Recommended)
Brian Morton - Choir & Organ magazine - September/October 2016

"... With their superb blend and impeccable intonation, The Philadelphia Singers del ...

"... With their superb blend and impeccable intonation, The Philadelphia Singers deliver a committed and wholly engaging reading of this 20th-century American choral masterpiece that ought to win it many new admirers."

***** (Highly Recommended)

Philip Reed - Choir & Organ magazine - September/October 2016

"... All the music is sung and played to the highest degree of excellence. Definitely ...

"... All the music is sung and played to the highest degree of excellence. Definitely worth an investment." 

***** (Highly Recommended)

David Ponsford - Choir & Organ magazine - September/October 2016
"... This is a brilliant successor to the equally exquisite volume I."
"... This is a brilliant successor to the equally exquisite volume I."
Rebecca Tavener - Choir & Organ magazine - September/October 2016
"... University organist Christopher Jacobson's well-chosen programme includes spa ...
"... University organist Christopher Jacobson's well-chosen programme includes sparkling performances of the Dupré op. 7  Preludes and Fugues as well as music from England, Howell's sounding particularly apt... The organ is attractively captured and the booklet contains absorbing notes ... this is a fine disc."
**** (Very Good)
Chris Bragg - Choir & Organ magazine - September/October 2016

"... notable interpretations."  

**** (Very Good)

"... notable interpretations."  

**** (Very Good)

David Ponsford - Choir & Organ magazine - September/October 2016
"... there's much to admire ... Entertaining ..."  
**** (Very Good)
"... there's much to admire ... Entertaining ..."  
**** (Very Good)
Michael Quinn - Choir & Organ magazine - September/October 2016

Star Review

"This is an exceptional recording of excep ...

Star Review

"This is an exceptional recording of exceptional music... Klava and his Latvian forces fully inhabit this music, much of which they either commissioned and/o premieres. Throughout, they produce exquisite, refined sonorities. A CD not to be missed." 
***** (Highly Recommended)

Philip Reed - Choir & Organ magazine - September/October 2016
"...Donna Agrell's playing shines ...  A charming disc ..."  ***
"...Donna Agrell's playing shines ...  A charming disc ..."  ***
Paul Ballam-Cross - Limelight magazine.com.au - 26 August 2016
"...Rhorer's astute pacing of the musical drama, consistently persuasive tempi, s ...
"...Rhorer's astute pacing of the musical drama, consistently persuasive tempi, stylish sculpting of orchestral subtleties and sensible casting of singers who prove to be suitable for the vocal and dramatic demands of their roles all means that this very enjoyable recording arguably has an advantage of musical consistency over other recent versions."
David Vickers - Gramophone magazine - September 2015
"... The playing throughout is warm and transparent. Schirmer brings out every glint ...
"... The playing throughout is warm and transparent. Schirmer brings out every glint of the harp and rattle of the snare drum, and caresses Lehár's swirling woodwind countermelodies - but crucially, keeps the action moving forwards. That's probably the single most impressive quality of this recording; that and its sheer generosity. This is the most complete version I've encountered of this often-cut score... this is a fine, affectionate recording: recommendable whether you've just discovered Lehár's intoxicating final masterpiece or, like Octavio, you lost your heart to Giuditta a long time ago."
Richard Bratby – Gramophone magazine – September 2016
"... If you've sought this disc out as the recording debut of furture Wagneria ...
"... If you've sought this disc out as the recording debut of furture Wagnerian Lise Davidsen, you shouldn't be disappointed. She offers richness, depth, presence and character, particularly in the deeper Blake settings Songs of Experience ... Nohr's baritone is warm and embracing ... Liv Oddveig Midtmageli sings with clarity ... and handles Frandsen's angular challenges well. Fine accompaniments, particularly from Orsi Fajger."
Andrew Mellor - Gramophone magazine - September 2016