Time Lapse 2 Chile. The Paranal Observatory, Atacama desert.

Prokofiev & Shostakovich: Cello Concertos

“In the first movement Isserlis conjures some surprising, visceral sounds from his instrument, ratcheting up the tension with a febrile, nervy vibrato up high...The soloist contributes his own lively and individualistic booklet-notes, enhancing the value of a fascinating, I'd say unmissable project.” --Gramophone Magazine, April 2015

“Here at last is a recording to persuade sceptics that Prokofiev's Cello Concerto is not just an interesting but rather drab failure...both Isserlis and Jarvi leave their competition standing when it comes to expressive eloquence.” --BBC Music Magazine, Awards Issue 2015 *****

Brahms: The Piano Concertos

“Like all great Brahms interpreters, Barenboim gives the music space…[the Berlin Staatskapelle] produces a Brahms sound of rare depth and beauty under the direction of Barenboim's chosen collaborator Gustavo Dudamel. Some of the quiet playing has to be heard to be believed.” --Gramophone Magazine, September 2015

“ [this recording] conveys all the energy and buzz of a very special live event . . ..” --Classic FM , August 2015

Scriabin: Piano Sonatas, Scriabiniana for Flute and Piano

"With the issue of this disc, Boris Bekhterev completes his cycle of Scriabin’s sonatas for Camerata and provides carefully thought out and imaginative readings of all three major works... The eight pieces arranged for flute and piano by Boris Bekhterev which complete the disc are recorded here for the first time under the collective title of “Scriabiniana”. The recorded sound on this disc has good presence and is consistent. For those who are not yet familiar with Scriabin’s music this disc offers an excellent starting place." --musicweb-internacional, August 2014

Debussy: Ochestral Works

Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmonic join forces to perform live, a collection of Debussy's most original and popular orchestral works.

The most influential piece of orchestral music by Debussy is the Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (‘Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun’), based on a poem by Mallarmé. This was later used for a ballet, with choreography by Nijinsky, who created a considerable scandal at the first performance. The music evokes a pagan world, as the satyr of the title takes his ease in the afternoon shade on a summer day.

Wild Territories

SPARK, the classical band, comes forward on its Berlin Classics debut album Wild Territories with a bold release on which the ECHO-winning group pursues the logical development of its wholly personal sound in the space between post-classical, minimal music and avant-garde. Virtuosic and unfettered, the five young musicians move between the poles of contrasting musical worlds and eras and forge tradition and innovation into a thrilling new sonic experience attuned to the zeitgeist. The album title tells a story.

Julius Isserlis: Piano Music

“While Russian Romanticism permeates Isserlis's idiomatic and skilful keyboard-writing, the harmonic language is strikingly akin to composers such as Holst, Bax, Scott and Bowen … Haywood's sensitive, nuanced, technically assured interpretations ought to generate interest among pianists seeking out unusual, effective and accessible short pieces. The disc's centerpiece and most substantial work is the multi-thematic Ballade for cello and piano, originally written for Pablo Casals. Guest artist Steven Isserlis's fervent, big-boned artistry surely does his grandfather's impassioned cello-writing proud. Hyperion's superb production makes this disc all the more welcome.” --Gramophone, February 2014

Hans Pfitzner: Symphony in C major

"Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony on this new Naxos play with plenty of gusto… if you love beautifully-crafted and wonderfully engaging symphonies, are curious enough to want to discover more of them…do seek out Pfitzner’s joyous, one-of-a-kind contribution to the genre." --American Record Guide, January 2013

"The major work here is indeed the Pfitzner Third Symphony…Schwarz’s performance here is much more than just a ‘run-through’. He has obvious affection for the music, and he gets his orchestra to deliver a performance than is ripe and satisfying; the brass playing at the beginning, rich and virile…one cannot imagine that they would have bettered the reading here." --MusicWeb International, January 2013

Debussy: Images & Préludes II

“Hamelin's stature, extraordinary from the start, increases with every new issue. And here in his latest album he subdues his legendary, transcendent technique to convey Debussy's very essence with a surpassing ease and naturalness....Hamelin's glistening sonority is flawlessly captured by the Hyperion team. This is a disc to treasure.” --Gramophone Magazine, November 2014

“The hallmarks of Hamelin's style are always in evidence, and the clarity with which the polyphonic aspects of Reflets dans l'eau come through gives a sense of momentum rarely perceived in this piece. Indeed, it is the lack of impressionism in Hamelin's playing which guarantees the effectiveness of Debussy's impressionistic whimsies.” --BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 ****

Ravel, Respighi & Granados: Violin Sonatas

"Urgently recommended for their stylistic penetration and general musical insight, as well as for their tonal attractiveness and technical security, the performances should appeal to all kinds of listeners." --Fanfare, July 2010

"This is a remarkable piece of music that deserves to be better known and is played here by two virtuoso young performers. Saeijs and van Bueren…are an exciting partnership and one I shall look forward to hearing more of." --International Record Review, March 2010

The Tempest Inspired by Shakespeare

“Choral blend and enunciation are immaculate, at their very best in Martin's Songs of Ariel…it's particularly good to see 'Let mine eyes run down with tears' among the more familiar numbers - a neglected gem of rare intensity, performed here with tremendous poise” --Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

A profoundly modern dimension emerges from this confrontation between English works from the 17th century (Henry Purcell, Matthew Locke) and works from the 20th and 21st centuries (Philippe Hersant, Franck Martin, Thierry Pécou).

The Club Album

Violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter created a sensation at Berlin’s über-cool Neue Heimat night club venue in May this year, as part of Deutsche Grammophon’s ground-breaking "classical-goes-clubbing" series. The event was staged in the former railway station venue by Yellow Lounge, a club night which combines performances from stars of the classical world with cutting-edge DJ and VJ sets in urban spaces.