Telemann: La Chasse, Tragikomische Suite, Etc

French horns play a prominent role in this program of Georg Philipp Telemann's orchestral suites: the 'Alster' Suite is a suite "with horn quartet," and the horns frequently come to the fore in the suite for winds, 'La Chasse.' The hornists of the Berlin Academy of Ancient Music bring expert technique to the whole, and are certainly the stars of this disc. All of that is not to say, however, that the performances of the rest of the ensemble are at some lower standard. All of the playing is superb, and Telemann's evocative writing is brought to life to great effect. 

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 "Romantic"

Bruckner, born near Linz in 1824, is known chiefly as a symphonist. He trained as a schoolteacher and organist, serving in the second capacity in Linz until moving in 1868 to Vienna to teach harmony, counterpoint and organ at the Vienna Conservatory. His success as a composer was varied in his lifetime, his acceptance hampered by his own diffidence and his scores posing editorial problems because of his readiness to revise what he had written. He was nine years the senior of Brahms, who outlived him by six months. Bruckner continued Austro-German symphonic traditions on a massive scale, his techniques of composition influenced to some extent by his skill as an organist and consequently in formal improvisation.

Spicy: Exotic Music For Violin

“The Stainer violins sound is almost as if having them in their hands has spurred Meret Luthi and her companions to ever greater freedom, for they make a mighty, fruity sound...There are times when they could tone things down and little...but frankly I'm finding this thrilling debut disc pretty hard to resist.” --Gramophonen December 2013

Bel Canto from Monteverdi to Verdi

“The programme is expressly devised so that Kermes can shed new light on 19th-century vocal writing, applying the stylistic approaches she has developed in music of earlier eras: her trademark blend of dazzling technical accomplishment, vital imagination, care over detail and a willingness to take unconventional but special addition to any Italian opera collection.” --BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ****

Chamber Music for Flute, Viola and Piano

"La interpretación de los tres artistas es supremas, con un sonido impecable y una gran propiedad en las texturas." --CD Compact, September 2004

"A stunning program of chamber music ... the trio achieves a beautiful sound that is light an uninhibited but also very warm in color." --American Record Guide, September 2004

"Beautifully recorded, and played by these distinguished artists with a dreamy panache that fits hand-in-glove with the music, this is one of those albums that shouldn't be passed over ... a highly distinguished release." --International Record Review, April 2004

Nielsen & Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos

“Frang makes almost as much of a strange adventure out of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto as she does of Nielsen's typically quirky specimen...There can be no higher praise for Eivind Hullberg Jensen and his mellow, warmly recorded Danish orchestra than to say that they're unobtrusive but always likeable companions, matching Frang's chamber-musical sensitivies.” --BBC Music Magazine, August 2012 ****/*****

Gramophone Awards 2013 Finalist - Concerto

Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 15

“Petrenko's hallmark of winning careful but always meaningful articulation from his Liverpool players is as apparent in the outlines of the woodwind and brass uproar at the centre of the early collage as it is in the last Symphony's skeletal solos...As so often, Petrenko shows the deepest sensitivity in going straight to the heart of the matter, and forward sound-balances for violins and celesta especially serve him well.” --BBC Music Magazine, June 2012 *****

Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos 1 & 2

“Immaculate, mesmerising Mendelssohn. Here is a Mendelssohn recital with a difference, sandwiching two of his finest keyboard works between the perennially enchanting piano concertos. Jean-Yves Thibaudet, is clearly in his element. This is Mendelssohn rejuvenated.” --Gramophone Magazine – Editor’s Choice

Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2001

Ginastera & Boïeldieu: Harp Concertos

This disc explores that rarity of the classical repertoire, the harp concerto. The musical characteristics of the harp can provide somewhat of a challenge for the composer if writing a concerto for the instrument, but this disc boasts two wonderful examples that show seemingly endless possibilities.

The very best of Tchaikovsky

“Truly there would be reason to go mad, if there were no music.” Tchaikovsky

Fêted throughout Europe and America in his lifetime and still one of the most frequently played composers in today’s concert hall, Tchaikovsky was unquestionably the most gifted melodist in all of Russian music. All his most famous tunes can be enjoyed on this outstanding 2 CD compilation, which features his charming ballets, his dazzling Symphonies and his beloved Piano Concertos. Ideal for newcomer and collector alike, this is the perfect way to experience one of the most popular composers of all time.

Saint-Saëns: Suite und Romanze; Dvorak: Cellokonzert

”…Hornung seems to come from another planet. [He] is a man who has reached maturity early, and who combines the cool confidence of a veteran performer with the youthful abandon of a rookie” (Die ZEIT)

With his striking musicality, instinctive stylistic certainty and musical maturity, the young cellist Maximilian Hornung, whose career began when he won the German Music Council’s Competition in 2005, is taking the international music scene by storm. 

The Virtuoso Clarinet

“Virtuosity is at the heart of this appealing, exhilarating disc...Collins first recorded the Weber, Messager and Lovreglio back in 1992...This time round, he lives up to the standards he set then, both in technical ease and in subtlety of phrasing. Piers Lane makes a stalwart contribution.” --BBC Music Magazine, January 2011 ****

“Brilliant playing in every sense: the musical equivalent of a tray of bonbons crafted by Gordon Ramsay and a must for any clarinet fan.” --Classic FM Magazine, Janurary 2011 *****