HAYDN String Quartets, Op. 50, Hob. III/44/49 ‘Prussian Quartets’ (1787)


Hearing Haydn’s string quartets is one of the finest experiences in music; especially when they are played in recital. It can also be uplifting to attend recitals by new generation string quartets. Their youthful enthusiasm and freshness of performance often communicate a special sense of discovery. Certainly those qualities apply here with this new release by Quatuor Zaïde a relatively young ensemble founded in 2010 recording works by Haydn in its fifth year as a quartet.




BLISS Morning Heroes & Hymn to Apollo


“this new recording is a revelation for its clarity (notably of the composer's vivid orchestral palette and imaginative choral writing), coherence and sheer emotional intensity” --Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

“Sir Andrew Davis's performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus surpasses Sir Charles Groves's fine 1974 EMI Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra account with urgent tempos, choral singing of full tone and incisive attack, eloquent orchestral playing, and an excellent, open recording” --BBC Music Magazine, December 2015 *****

SONGS by Beethoven, Mozart & Haydn


“Mark Padmore combines an acute intelligence with an unvarnished directness in all he sings. In symbiotic partnership with fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, Padmore 'lives' all of these songs, noticing everything, exaggerating nothing ... Padmore is an eager and touching storyteller ... In An Die Ferne Geliebte Padmore and Bezuidenhout catch naturally, unfussily, the oscillations between stillness and excited anticipation, dream and desire. This is a true dialogue between voice and keyboard, as it should be.” --Gramophone Magazine, May 2015


RESPIGHI Sinfonia Drammatica


"This latest recording of Respighi's Sinfonia drammatica (the third so far) is by a long way the best, and the consequence is that the work has never sounded more convincing. Of course Respighi doesn't so much reveal his influences as flaunt them: there are some moments which might almost be by Franck or Strauss, Rimsky-Korsakov or Scriabin, until you try to locate where Respighi borrowed them from ...This is a stunning performance, intensely responsive to the work's emotional core; it is most magnificently played and sumptuously recorded, and has such conviction to it that the indulgent smile (''poor old Respighi! Pretending to be a symphonist!'') is quite often wiped from one's face.'" --Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

PIECES for Cello & Piano

Matt Haimovitz is considered a musical pioneer. A grammy-nominated cellist, he is renowned for his visionary approach, innovative collaborations, and groundbreaking recording projects. He also regularly tours and mentors at McGill Universitys Schulich School of Music. Christopher ORiley is a pianist who has stretched the instrument far beyond its conventional boundaries. He regularly transcribes the likes of Radiohead, Elliot Smith, and Nick Drake. His transcriptions of Radiohead earned him four stars from Rolling Stone. The first disc of this set contains well loved pieces from standard repertoire. Bernard Herrmann, Leos Janacek, and Igor Stravinsky are featured here. The second disc is intriguing, featuring OReileys arrangements of Radiohead, Arcade Fire, and A Perfect Circle. 

The DRESDEN Album

Handel's visit to Dresden 1719 is the starting point of this exciting collection of chamber music from the Saxon court. Director Johannes Pramsohler unearthed some rare gems by composers associated with Dresden – highly virtuosic and fascinating music that is far too good to fall into collective oblivion: trio sonatas by Handel, Telemann, Fasch, Fux and Tůma. Amongst them three world premiere recordings.

Johannes Pramsohler was born in South Tyrol, studied in London and is now based in Paris. He has established himself internationally as an eminent expert of historical informed performance. He is regularly invited to lead Europe's most important baroque orchestras.

SCHARWENKA Piano Concertos Nos. 1–4


“All Scharwenka’s Piano Concertos together for the first time, this ricochets with musical rewards. Echoes from Chopin to Rachmaninov are all brought out in Markovich’s prodigious pianism.” --BBC Music magazine, September 2014

“Jarvi's watchful support and...control of orchestral dynamics gives Markovich more room to shape phrases effortlessly: his playing is especially fine [in the Scherzo of No. 1], cool-headed, but always meticulous...[in No. 2] Markovich blends fiery virtuosity with affecting warmth, too.” --International Record Review, May 2014

CZECH Piano Trios


“[The Eben] is the sort of score that the Florestans seem to relish, music full of subtle shades, many of them tucked carefully within subsidiary voices...[The Smetana] is an immensely imposing piece, written in the wake of great personal loss, and the Florestans do it justice...this is an excellent programme.” --Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

“The Florestan are particularly successful in the two 20th-century trios. The brief Adagio of the Martinu is remarkably moving. If anything, the Eben is more impressive with the players completely in command of his distinctive and often introspective idiom.” --BBC Music Magazine, July 2010 ****

CZECH Music from Norwich Cathedral Organ


“Iain Quinn has performed an important service in bringing these interesting works into the spotlight in performances which are reliable and worthy and, in the case of the Ropek Variations, surprisingly absorbing. ” --Gramophone Magazine, June 2008

“The playing of this young musician is, as I have implied, very fine and at all timed highly musical. His registrations are excellent and the detail of his part playing is first-class. Here is a rare collection, splendidly presented and recorded, which is very strongly recommended” --International Record Review


MOZART Violin Sonatas


Mozart's Violin Sonatas span his entire career. The early ones are billed as piano sonatas with optional violin accompaniment, and they develop over the years into the first triumphs of the modern genre. Alina Ibragimova and Cedric Tiberghien have been enthralling audiences worldwide with these works, the first volume of an ongoing series.

“It would be hard to imagine more persuasive performances than we have here from the ever-rewarding Tiberghien-Ibragimova duo: delicate without feyness, rhythmically buoyant..., and never seeking to gild the lily with an alien sophistication.” --Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

New SEASONS

“Kremer is one of those rare musicians capable of illuminating a new work in such a way as to reveal its true greatness…[his] performances, as ever, bring the music to full bloom: truly a 'musician for all seasons'.” --Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

“The four movements [of Glass's American Four Seasons] are interspersed with a prelude and three short 'songs' for solo violin, which bring further textural variety to the party, thrown with absolute conviction by Gidon Kremer…Kremerata Baltica and soloists embrace the extremes of [Giya Kancheli's] writing - from its eastern-sounding melismata for cello to brooding climaxes to sentimental strings - with compelling results: it has some astonishment moments.” --BBC Music Magazine, November 2015

Une vie de ROSSINI


Karine Deshayes (Victoire de la Musique Classique 2016) is one of the greatest Rossini singers on the international opera stage. In this first solo album, featuring excerpts from some of his most beautiful works, she traces the different stages in Rossini's life. A musical prodigy, Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) revolutionised lyric art with his forty-odd operas composed between 1810 and 1829. A facetious personality, enamoured of life's pleasures, far from the clichés of the Romantic musician, he left the stage at the age of 37, at the height of his glory.