SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9

"[Shostakovich 9]: A stern-sounding fanfare -- the BSO horns have played brilliantly of late under the direction of the former trumpeter Nelsons -- makes the fourth movement, Largo, sound dramatic, but not tragic. The finale is a piece of concluding genius, played with professional exuberance . . . [Shostakovich 5]: The music is gripping, innately classical in concept, and full of originality. From the opening . . . listeners are engaged." --Record Review Wbur FM (Boston), 26. May 2016

Andris Nelsons is the Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and in fall 2015 he was announced as Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, commencing in the 2017/18 season.

SUK Orchestral Works

“Belohlavek's pacing enhances Suk's abundant inspiration, often with intoxicating results. Throughout, the BBC Symphony Orchestra responds magnificently as an ensemble, bringing an almost operatic excitement to Prague...Both performances stand very high measured against the exacting tradition of some great Czech performances and are well served by this excellent recording.” --BBC Music Magazine, October 2012 *****

Gramophone Awards 2013 Winner Orchestral
BBC Music Magazine Awards 2013 Orchestral Finalist

WAGNER Orchestral Works

“If he had written nothing more, Wagner's Symphony in C would still have prefigured his extraordinary genius - but not its direction...It's still a pleasure, though, fresh and vigorous; Neeme Jarvi's fairly brisk reading, beautifully played by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, amply explains why Clara Schumann warned Robert he had a new rival.” --BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 *****

“Jarvi and the RNSO don't skimp on the music's surging bombast and the Chandos sound has abundant character character: great depth of perspective and no loss of clarity.” --Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

TELEMANN Trios and Quartets

“tempi are generally quite quick but never driving, their slow movements invariably graceful.” --Gramophone Magazine, August 2011

“A very talented group of musicians display both the technical prowess but also the musical insight to bring life to the music.” --Early Music Review, February 2011

“The strongly contrasting period instrument timbres create tension in these virtuosi's hands. In the Trio in F, the cooing, naive recorder opposes the gamba's nimble whine...They blend best in the fugue of the A minor Concerto which pumps along with joyfully complex precision.” --Classic FM Magazine, August 2011

RAVEL Piano Works

“There are plenty of deft touches here, but the music does not always flow” --BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ***

“There are good things in the faster numbers of Valses nobles and she manages to convey the vigour of the opening without becoming percussive...On the whole, Wagner is most convicing in the fast music; in slower numbers her rubato is arguably over-generous.” --Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

RAUTAVAARA Works for Children’s Choir

“best of all [is] Rautavaara's celebration of innocence and experience in his Children's Mass - a mini missa brevis of childlike settingss, interspersed with stern and sombre string-orchestral interludes. All delightfully fresh performances in a satisfying programme.” --BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ****

“his release, besides containing some wonderful music, should serve as a sobering message to local music educators as to what’s possible for talented students…I salute everyone involved in this project. Choral music fans should snap this up immediately…” --American Record Guide, March 2012

BEETHOVEN Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3

“It's an all-round winner of a disc, with superlative playing from both soloist and orchestra, and a recorded sound to match. Andsnes's view of the music is fairly traditional...[his] pedalling is a shade cautious, but he plays the piece so beautifully that there are no grounds for complaint...Overall, this looks set to be a highly enjoyable journey.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 *****

Gramophone Magazine Disc of the Month - November 2012

SVENDSEN Orchestral Works Volume 3

“... all of the works on this third volume of his orchestral output are pleasant and attractive, and in the capable hands of Neeme Järvi, the Bergen Philharmonic, violinist Marianne Thorsen, and Chandos’s engineers, beautifully played and recorded: ...” --Fanfare, September/October 2013

“Järvi and his Bergen players sound most happy together, playing with a fluency suggestive of more joint live performances than they could pssobly have had. The engineering supports them at every turn.” --Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

MOZART Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 12

The programme includes one of Mozart’s first early master-pieces, the ‘Jenamy’ Concerto (previously known as ‘Jeunehomme’) composed in 1777 before he had moved from Salzburg to Vienna. 

“The Cologne Academy is a small band...but its playing under Michael Alexander Willens is lively and stylish throughout...What's impressive about [Brautigam's] playing is not just its sprightliness, but also its expressive character...If you prefer your Mozart played on period instruments, you're unlikely to find better performances than these.” --BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 *****

HAHN Oeuvres pour Ensembles

“The performances are all wonderfully idiomatic. The Concerto's slow movement is breathtakingly done, though the farandole finale could do with a bit more's a fine achievement overall, sensuous and elegant in equal measure. Very enjoyable.” --Gramophone Magazine, September 2015

“While Reynaldo Hahn’s art songs are well loved, his instrumental works are little known. His lyrical gift is sure throughout this lovely recording.” --New York Times, 11th December 2015

KABALEVSKY The Complete Works for Piano & Orchestra

Dmitri Kabalevsky is ranked with Shostakovich and Prokofiev among the former Soviet Union’s leading composers, although his music is lesser known.

“A first-rate set of Kabalevsky's complete piano-orchestral works” --BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 *****

“the balance between orchestra and Michael Korstick's bright, enthusiastic performances is well judged.” --Gramophone Magazine, November 2012

ONSLOW String Quartets

André George Louis Onslow (1784–1853) was an Anglo-French composer. He was widely recognised as a gifted composer during his lifetime but is virtually forgotten today. His 36 string quartets and 34 string quintets were, during his own lifetime and up to the end of the 19th century, held in the highest regard, particularly in Germany, Austria and England, where he was regularly placed in the front rank of composers.

BEETHOVEN Complete Works for Cello & Piano

“This superb recording achieves a rare balance between Melnikov's miraculous transparency and Queyras's airy, limpid elegance, and non-vibratoed purity of sound. Their approach is ideal in the filigree exuberance of the three Variation works where Melnikov's witty sense of timing sets up a delicious teasing tension.” --BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 ****

“Queyras and Melnikov prove excellent partners throughout...Queyras is a flexible, vibrant cellist, full of the vigour and emotion of the early works, but the passion of the late works does not elude him either. This set confirms Queyras as an estimable talent with a lot to offer.” --MusicWeb International, 20th January 2015


“[the Penderecki's] not the sort of music that comes off if played half-heartedly, and the Royal String Quartet, with a detailed, clear recording, give it a natural precision and direction...[the Lutoslawski] clearly encourages heightened listening between these players: the structure and pacing remain taut, and it packs the emotional punch. This is great chamber music.” --BBC Music Magazine, April 2013 *****

“Whatever this music's challenges, the emotional disparities of Penderecki or the relative abstractions of Lutoslawski, the Royal Quartet meet them head on.” --Gramophone Magazine, May 2013