PROMS


One of the world’s most celebrated and talked about annual classical music festivals, with over 70 concerts between July and September. More than 300,000 people attend Proms concerts each year, with a reach of 16 million people worldwide via BBC TV, radio and online platforms. This special 3CD collection represents the most popular and inspiring pieces of classical music, plus all the traditional ‘Last Night’ favourites – from ‘Jerusalem’, ‘Rule Britannia’, and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. Featuring world-class conductors and ensembles.


PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No 2, Sonata for Two Violins, Violin Sonata No 1

“This splendidly recorded performance of the Second Concerto accentuates its stark and sudden contrasts...In the Sonata for two violins, Jansen and Brovtsyn employ a wide range of tone colour, matching each other in expansiveness and virtuosity.” --Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

“Jansen is the most subtle of interpreters, and always a sensitive partner. In the Second Violin Concerto, she keeps sentiment at bay...She responds cannily to Prokofiev's pared-back orchestral forces. This is not the usual patchwork of ideas, but an argument that Vladimir Jurowski keeps urgently on the move with the LPO soloists...Jansen's colleagues in the companion pieces are her equals, too.” --BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 *****

RACHMANINOV The Bells, TANAYEV John of Damascus

"A first class performance of Rachmaninov's thrilling choral masterpiece, in excellent sound, coupled with a work that deserves to be better known." --MusicWeb International

"A magnificent performance, immaculately prepared, benefiting from the rock-solid sound of a professional Russian choir. [In] the second movement, [soprano] Marina Mescheriakova is simply enchanting and this movement as a whole is completely bewitching under Pletnev. [The] third movement reading offers transparent sound and a convincing feel for the sweep and drama of the music. [In the last movement, baritone] Vladimir Chernov brings a pleasing amount of subtlety to what could be a stereotypical vocal role... Pletnev’s sound is also excellent [and] the orchestra is exceptional." --BBC Music Magazine, November 2005

LAURO Guitar Music Volume 2


In 1938, Antonio Lauro became the first Venezuelan to complete formal studies in classical guitar. Although it was through the waltz that Lauro found his way as a composer (his Venezuelan Waltzes are available on Naxos 8.554348), his output includes other rhythms and forms that span his country’s history and geography. The main work on this recording, the Sonata, written after Lauro’s imprisonment in 1951-52 for opposition to the ruling military junta, combines elements rooted in the musical heritage of Venezuela with western scholarly references.

ARIAS for Farinelli

‘Rivals’ explores and celebrates the music of Farinelli and his castrato rivals: Caffarelli, Carestini, Bernacchi and others. These singers dominated the stages of Europe and it was not always Farinelli who reigned supreme... David Hansen’s album features nine world premiere recordings. He is accompanied by Alessandro de Marchi and his orchestra Academia Montis Regalis.

Recorded at the famous Academia at Mondovì in Piemont with Alessandro de Marchi and the musicians of the prestigious Academia Montis Regalis, the choice of arias demonstrates the remarkable breadth of David Hansen’s phenomenal technique, his musical versatility and expression.

BARTÓK Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta & Divertimento


Probably the best loved of Bartók’s orchestral compositions is the Concerto for Orchestra. Other important orchestral works that form not infrequent parts of concert programmes are the Divertimento for Strings and the challenging Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta.

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe plays both works as if its collective life depended on it, and taken as a whole this excellently recorded disc further confirms Harnoncourt's claim to be considered one of today's podium greats. Not to be missed." --ClassicsToday.com

CHARPENTIER Psaumes et motets

Less materially successful than his Paris contemporary Lully, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) nevertheless won considerable esteem. A prolific composer, he wrote extensively for the church and with slightly less fecundity for secular purposes. He was in the service of the Dauphin and held important positions at the Jesuit Church of St. Louis and later at the Sainte-Chapelle.

"This is definitely a recommendable release. Charpentier composed a great deal, and much of what he wrote was preserved. Little of it has been recorded, however, so every bit counts. Especially when the performers are as pleasant to hear as Ensemble Correspondances... This is a superb CD" --Fanfare

PISENDEL Violin Sonatas


Johann Georg Pisendel was the leading German violinist of his day. Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Philipp Telemann and Tomaso Albinoni all dedicated violin concerti to him.

“technically flawless.” --Classics Today

“…Steck and Christian Rieger bring expressive fantasy and galant charm to the music with a unanimous partnership of evenly matched and eloquently punctuated dialogue.” --BBC Music Magazine, September 2004 *****

POSADAS Oscuro abismo de Ilanto y de ternura, Etc


Posadas has developed his own models of composition, such as the translation of architectural spaces into music, and the exploration of the acoustic features of instruments at “microscopic” level. His works have been performed at many festivals by prominent musicians such as Ensemble intercontemporain and the Arditti String Quartet.

“They are all challenging, densely packed scores, their tangled surfaces underpinned by elaborate mathematical models often derived from processes in the natural world. But the sheer impact of the music is hugely impressive in its own right.” --The Guardian, 20th January 2011 ***

LOCATELLI Concerti Grossi, Op.1


The concerto grosso form was popularized by Corelli, and Locatelli’s Op 1 is a marvellous example of the genre: its solid craftsmanship, imaginative textures and exciting virtuosity bringing it into the top rank.

"I cannot imagine more persuasive performances than these." --BBC Music Magazine

"Glorious … stunning performances … a marvellous release by any standards." --Classic CD

STRAVINSKY Symphonies


“The real highlight of this CD is Rattle's pressing but never impatient account of what in my view is Stravinsky's greatest symphony, the terse and poignant Symphony in C… Stravinsky himself is faster and lighter… but Rattle gives us both urgency and tonal body. Henceforth, his is a digital front-runner.” --Gramophone Magazine, August 2008

“The slow movements of both the Symphony in Three Movements and the Symphony in C are beautifully done.” --BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2008 ***

FONTANA Sonate a Violino ed altri strumenti…

Born in Brescia around 1571, Giovanni Battista Fontana lived in Venice, Rome and Padua, where he died during the plague of 1630. His music surprises by the mastery of counterpoint, the simplicity and the expression of its slow movements, the complexity of its ornamentation and the elegant vivacity of its short dance sections. Nicknamed 'dal Violino' and described as "one of the most singular virtuosos the age has seen". Fontana has left us an outstanding example of early Baroque instrumental music.

“This perfectly balanced disk is beautiful…Cuiller and his partners are passionate advocates of fontanas multi-facated and skilfully constructed music.” --Early Music Review, August 2014

ONSLOW Complete Piano Trios Volume 2


George Onslow’s Piano Trios features two trios from different stages of the composer’s life. Onslow's late Trio op. 83 from the 1850s, which seems to have been his last composition, is distinguished from his earlier trios by its length, its lyricism, and the depth of its themes occasionally reminiscent of Mendelssohn. Trio op. 3 was written much earlier and is clearly influenced by the musical language of Beethoven. Both trios demonstrate that the rediscovery of Onslow’s music is long overdue.

“The performances are spirited and expressive…” --Gramophone Magazine, June 2009

FAURÉ Piano Trio & Works for Cello & Piano

“[S] projects a range of sound and character that makes one listen. He has as well a 'speaking' quality to his tone, from time to time, more intimate in manner, that I particularly like.” --Gramophone Magazine, April 2012

“With [P.M.] as a gloriously responsive partner for [S] and [L.S.], this performance is another that goes straight to the top of any list of recommendations...this is a disc that can be recommended with all possible enthusiasm: it includes some of the most perceptive Faure playing that I've ever heard...I would urge anyone who loves Faure's music to hear this exceptional recording.” --International Record Review, June 2012

BACH Inventions & Partita


“In a performance of BWV 1004 so vividly alive, the wary can relax. ..the great Chaconne is both purposefully plotted and breathtakingly executed - listen to the inexorably screwing-up of the tension as the music builds to the central D major section.” --BBC Music Magazine, January 2008 ****

“Both sets of Inventions receive exceptional performances, bursting with spirit and imagination. …[in the Partita] … Janine Jansen's…playing is remarkable for its sense of continuity and feeling for the long line. Her Corrente and Giga have a joyful élan...” --Gramophone Magazine, Janurary 2008