Hindemith: String Quartets Volume 2

As an elite string player, whose Amar Quartet was one of Europe’s most exploratory chamber groups, Hindemith was perfectly placed to write his powerful sequence of string quartets. One of the greatest quartets of its time, the technically sophisticated No. 5, Op. 32 reveals Hindemith as a master of the medium. Twenty years were to pass before No. 6 in E flat, written in America, which reveals similar qualities of control, whilst No. 7 in E flat was written for himself to play in a domestic setting with female students from Yale University and his wife, an amateur cellist. It concludes one of the twentieth century’s greatest cycles of quartets.

Ferry Tales

'Ferry Tales' is a disc which combines original compositions with imaginative and unexpected arrangements of classics such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Alexander Borodin's Prince Igor. Baadsvik's tuba and Skomsvoll's piano are joined by the Trondheim Soloists, the acclaimed string ensemble.

Schubert: Arpeggione

“these are fine, clear accounts. The Schubert may lack the dream-like quality Britten and Rostropovich find, but its Adagio is presented with long, elegantly spun phrases, due tenderness and limpid clarity...their Debussy Sonata has the greatest sense of elan, and is full of character and pungent sensuality.” --BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ***

“this recording is an accomplishment in both duo playing and musical insight, and everything on it is unforced and unfussy, but perfectly idiomatic in its own way...[it] is the Debussy that is stand-out performance on this disc, played by both as if it were truly in their blood.” --Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

Imperial Fanfares

"There’s nothing better than a bright fanfare to start the day with but there is also such a thing as the law of diminishing returns. In the same way as, just because one apple a day keeps one doctor away it doesn’t necessarily follow that you can keep 76 of them from baying at your door by stuffing 76 apples down your throat in 24 hours, a day which begins with 76 fanfares, imperial or not, will not necessarily be 76 times brighter. There used to be a jolly song about "76 trombones all in a row" but I forget what happened to them.

Mendelssohn: Piano Music

Bertrand Chamayou, described by Gramophone as a “young French pianist of an impeccable pedigree”, is already firmly established as one of the most thoughtful and fascinating pianists of his generation.

“There was a time in the 19th century when Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words were regularly regarded as the third great collection of piano music after Beethoven's 32 sonatas and Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues. While Chopin's piano music is still dominant, Mendelssohn's star as a pianist-composer has faded. 

Prokofiev: The Prodigal Son, Etc

"The final disc in the series collects extremely rare music by this undoubtedly great composer, and Prokofiev admirers will simply have to have this, not only because the music is so infrequently encountered but also because it is so very well done." --International Record Review

"Fabulous playing here, and among the couplings is some of the music that didn’t make it into the ballet, recast as the finale of the Divertimento. The other items emphasise the value of Järvi’s Prokofiev series." --BBC Music Magazine

The Romantic Harp

The importance of France in late romantic harp repertoire will be evident from the repertoire included in the present recording, culminating in the Ballade of the great French harpist Carlos Salzédo, who went on to develop a wide range of possible techniques and sonorities. It was largely through the work of French performers and teachers that the instrument developed from an elegant salon appurtenance to an essential feature of the modern orchestra, with an independent and characteristic repertoire of its own.

Dvorak & Schumann: Cello Concertos

“ardent, tonally penetrating and skilfully structured. Ferrández is unfailingly elegant in the Schumann Cello Concerto...El cant dels ocells is the most revealing of Ferrández's individual voice, and just what he is capable of in terms of sound, line, and dramatisation. A gem on this promising debut disc.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ****

“He's a fine performer, with a warm tone and an impulsive, if refined, lyricism that makes him a natural interpreter for Schumann's concerto, with its melancholy elegance and flashes of mercurial wit.” The Guardian, 14th March 2014 ****

Onslow: String Quartets Op. 54, 55 & 56

“The playing has an airy, unemphatic brilliance that's perfect for the more showy passages, and an unusual purity of sound. Stylish use of portamento enhances any tender, expressive moments...this is outstanding quartet playing, making a powerful case for a neglected composer.” --Gramophone Magazine, August 2010

“It's a fascinating historical snapshot, beautifully rendered by the Diotima, who lavish immense care on every bar.” --The Guardian, 22nd April 2010 ****

Four Season of Love [from 192/24bit]

Four Seasons Of Love is Donna Summer’s Gold-certified classic. Reaching the Top Twenty on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums, the recording is a conceptual masterpiece unveiling the story of a love affair. This international smash features the hit singles “Spring Affair” and “Winter Melody.”

Spring Affair (1976)

Voices of Bach: Works for Oboe, Choir and Orchestra

Bach has many voices, and this disc is a bold attempt by one of the world's leading oboists to sing many of them himself. Albrecht Mayer takes chorales, sinfonias and a whole Bach cantata to create a sequence of new oboe solo works. He makes a gloriously rich sound, and the alto solo "Widerstehe doch der Sünde", with its astonishing dissonances, works well. Odder are the sung chorales with solo oboe, which are too bass-light, and the four-movement concerto. The modern oboe is joined by period strings in "new" works: a telling example of our mixed approaches to this great music.