Prokofiev & Ravel: Piano Concertos


“And this is Ravel a performance that bristles both on the keyboard and in a series of fabulous orchestral solos… a lurid delight.” --BBC Music Magazine, July 2008 *****

“Yundi Li's performance of the Prokofiev, in its prodigious, unflagging power and brilliance, far surpasses any other in the catalogue. He is no less attuned to Ravel's charm and vivacity, to music seen through a glass brightly rather than darkly.” --Gramophone Magazine, May 2008

Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice - May 2008

Saint-Saëns: Piano Trios


“Well, the Florestan Trio have done it again… such is the cumulative emotional impact of these performances that, I don’t mind admitting, I wept during the wonderful fortissimo climax of the E minor trio's first movement - that even before the astonishing intensity of the final, precipitous Allegro.” --Gramophone Magazine, May 2006

Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice - May 2006



Bach: Secular Cantatas III

“Suzuki and his singers are at ease with this carefree Bach, introducing the Quodlibet with background babble, and singing with exaggerated nasal accents...[Lunn's] lyrical, sustained aria in BWV36c is glorious. Two further high points in BWV36c are a rustic bass dance-aria and the admirable oboes d'amore and strings of the opening choral movement.” --BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 ****

“As ever, Suzuki and colleagues are excellent, their collective experience as Bach interpreters enabling them to gel as one. You feel you are ever safe in their hands; but if you think that simply means no surprises, listen to them cut loose in the lusty Wedding Quodlibet” --Gramophone Magazine, September 2013

Virtuoso Timpani Concertos


"Concertos for the timpani or kettledrums, the big boys of the orchestra, are certainly unusual but not entirely neglected. In recent times, even minimalist composer Philip Glass tried his hand at the genre. The heyday for timpani concertos, however, was in the early Classical era when most of the works on this CD are written... Although, this disc is off the beaten path, it should fascinate anyone with a passion for the lesser-known composers of the 18th century. Recommended!"--classical.net, CD review 2005

 

Sanz: Laberintos Ingeniosos


Xavier Díaz-Latorre is a graduate of the Schola Cantorum in Basel, where he was a pupil of Hopkinson Smith, after studying the modern guitar with Oscar Ghiglia at the Musik-Akademie of the same city. He appears with today's foremost Baroque ensembles, including Jordi Savall's Concert des Nations, René Jacobs Concerto Vocale, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and Concerto Köln. He brings to the world of the Baroque guitar not only his scholarly training at Basel, but also the Spanish roots that lie at the very basis of the instrument. He offers us an Iberian manifesto, with pieces taken from the Instrucción de música para la guitarra (Instruction in the music of the Spanish guitar) of Gaspar Sanz.

John Adams: Harmonielehre


“The music is played with huge élan by the RSNO...The results are highly charged and exciting performances of three works that place Adams at the very forefront of American contemporary classical music and deservedly so.” --MusicWeb International, 18th December 2013

“the RSNO under Peter Oundjian manage very effectively to project this single sweep of sound from beginning to end. Brass and percussion stand out for all the right reasons...but it's really a sense of collective unity imparted by the orchestra during the loud sections that is most impressive.” --Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

Forqueray: Pieces de Viole avec la Basse Continuë

Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray represent the two leading figures from the world of the French viola da gamba with – in the opinion of a contemporary in Hubert Le Blanc – the former playing like an angel and the latter like a devil. And fiendishly difficult to play, of course, are many of the pieces brought together in the volume prepared by Jean-Baptiste Forqueray (“le fils”) in 1747, two years after the death of his father, and drawn from sketches and memories. These Pièces de viole avec la basse continuë, dedicated to Princess Henriette of France (the younger of Louis XV’s twin daughters), serve as a final and grand homage to an instrument, which after seventy years of an absolute rule was by that time starting to cede territory to the cello...

Brahms: Clarinet sonatas & trio


“…the young Swede Martin Fröst plays with elegant phrasing and beautiful, even produced tone… In the two sonatas, he's perfectly matched by his compatriot Roland Pöntinen in performances which capture Brahms's serious, autumnal mood without undue heaviness... cellist Torleif Thedéen proves as adept as his colleagues in producing singing tone and velvet pianissimos, and equally sympathetic to the ageing Brahms's elusive blend of resigned melancholy and abiding generosity of invention.” --BBC Music Magazine, February 2006 *****



Schoenberg & Sibelius: Violin Concertos


“The Schoenberg is simply astonishing. Hahn and Esa-Pekka Salonen shows how much beauty and brilliance there is in this work.” --BBC Music Magazine, May 2008 *****

“Where Heifetz warily trod, Hahn strides to a triumphant performance ... The Schoenberg performance is, as I say, magnificent. ” --Gramophone Magazine, June 2008

“Hilary Hahn's performance of Schoenberg's Concerto is magnificent recording. When the last chord sounds its full stop, the sense of satisfied finality is exhilarating.

Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade


“Recorded under live conditions but without an audience in St Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, this Scheherazade is the most red-blooded, exciting account of Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral warhorse currently available, helped by full, immediate sound of a richness rare in Russian recordings. The magnetism is established from the start, with Gergiev completely dispelling the feeling that this is a work which keeps stopping and starting too often for its own good.



Concerning Babell & Son


Music composed, arranged and transcribed by Charles and William Babell

Since it foundation in 1986, Trio Basiliensis has performed in many countries and has recorded numerous works for broadcasting companies in Europe and beyond. The succes of their concerts and CD recordings is borne out by excellent reviews that praise their lively playing, the stylistic soundness of their interpretationes and the technical brilliance of the three musicians.


Leclair: Violin Concertos Volume 3


“This disc contains Leclair's most vivacious and attractive works, played with great élan, sensitivity and neatness, and recorded with exemplary clarity and balance. The concertos represent a high-water mark in 18th-century violin technique, with extensive double-stopping, an extended range that soars up to heights scarcely ventured previously, rapid scales and flying arpeggios, and elaborate figurations of all kinds.