FAZIL SAY Symphony No. 1 & Concerto for ney-flute

“Say's Eastern-imbued tonal and rhythmic language is driven forwards, sometimes quite relentlessly, by a strong programmatic element...The airy tone of the ney is used to good effect, and both works benefit from energetic and passionate performances.” --Gramophone Magazine, April 2013

“[the Symphony] is a unique piece and in this live performance, absolutely convincing in its aims. It’s superbly recorded and performed...This symphony does not just make a general bow to Turkish orchestral musical culture but is a proper Turkish Symphony and proud of it” --MusicWeb International, 23rd May 2013

PURCELL Fantazias & In Nomines

The work of a young twenty-one year old on the edge of his too brief but meteoric career, Purcell's Fantasias for viols reveal the composer's most intimate expression. A masterpiece of polyphonic thinking to which only the Musical Offering and the Art of Fugue by Bach are worthy comparison. Sit Fast is incomparable in this music, breathing life into the muted colors and arranging them with admirable subtlety. These are performances of an exhilarating intensity.

MARTINU Cello Sonatas 1-3

“These are performances to treasure and comprise the finest renditions of the Martinu Sonatas I have come across...There is a profound understanding and sympathy for Martinu's melodic and rhythmic idiom.” --BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 *****

“Isserlis and Mustonen enjoy considerable chemistry and are so much in the moment that matters of continuity and architecture are mainly taken care of by their headlong momentum. Isserlis makes lower registers growl...Mustonen relishes the interruptive qualities, the outbursts and abrupt changes of direction with a sonority that one might describe as aggressively crystalline.” --Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

POLEDOURIS Conan the Barbarian (transcribed for organ)

"…what Pelster has done is taken a classic film score and reinterpreted it in no way different from some of the electronic arrangement releases of scores that seem to pop up a lot these days. His work here is superbly done with an obvious love for the music he is playing." --Cinemusical, September 2015

"Film buffs, and those looking for recorded excellence, will be dashing out to buy the disc… " --David's Review Corner, August 2015

ENIGMA Works for solo viola

“There are points in Dana Zemtsov’s performance of Michael Kugel’s Sonata – Poème where her double stopping is so perfectly tuned, so varied in colour and with such considerable distances in the intervals between the notes that you would be forgiven for thinking it sounded more like a chamber orchestra or, at least, a string quartet than simply a single viola playing more than one note at once. (...) fascinating and excitingly varied programme (...)  At the very least, this disc is a compilation of hidden gems; at the very best, a snapshot of a great artist at the start of her career." --Gramophone April 2015

SALLINEN Piano Trio, Cello Sonata & From a Swan Song

“[everything here is] beautifully and delicately played. Eminently listenable-to music, even at its most introspective, caught in impressive sound.” --Gramophone Magazine, June 2015

“In well-recorded sound, the musicians deliver captivating and fully-committed performances. Booklet notes by Martin Anderson set the seal on this highly desirable release.” --Musicweb-International, April 2015


“[Pahud's] sound is by turns silvery as a coloratura soprano, dusky as a dramatic contralto…there is suave and polished playing, too, by the Basel Chamber Orchestra under Giovanni Antonini who shapes the music's contours and highlights the pulsating rhythms, surging climaxes and driving energy that enhance its insurgent spirit.” --BBC Music Magazine, June 2015 ****

“[the Devienne is] played with a joyful verve that…closely resembles Pahud's teacher Alain Marion…a most attractive disc and thoughtfully presented, too.” --Gramophone Magazine, June 2015

BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto

Cello superstar Sol Gabetta teams up with the celebrated musicians Giuliano Carmignola, violin, and Dejan Lazić, piano, to form a formidably talented ensemble for this new all-Beethoven recording. The album also includes the famous Coriolan Overture features alongside ‘The Creatures of Prometheus’ and the Egmont overtures.

“Cellist Sol Gabetta, violinist Giuliano Carmignola and pianist Dejan Lazić are here something of a dream team: characterful, distinctive and focused on the same thing. They can be dynamic and crisply propulsive together, but this performance has a lightness of touch that in the finale spills over into playfulness and wit” --The Guardian, 17th September 2015 ****

J.S. BACH Sonatas for violin and harpsichord

“Mullova's warm tone and lightly articulated playing - the Allegro of the A major Sonata affords a particularly rewarding instance - are substantial rewards in themselves, but over and above these she and her keyboard partner prove a stylish and sympathetically matched duo.” --BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2007 ***** PERFORMANCE ***** SOUND

BBC Music Magazine Disc of the month - Proms 2007

LOVE Duets

“[Un di felice] — showcases Costello’s bright, Italianate lyric tenor and stylish elegance of phrasing, well matched by Perez’s flirty Violetta...Unlike most opera singers, Perez and Costello prove just as idiomatic in a selection of duets from Broadway musicals... a disc that should win these hugely likeable young stars a lot of new friends.” --Sunday Times, 4th May 2014

“They are both gifted singers enjoying fast-rising careers but with no obvious sign of monster egos...Pérez and Costello charm...the BBC Symphony Orchestra – an intriguing choice – show their versatility throughout.” --The Guardian, 11th May 2014 ****

HINDEMITH The Complete Viola Music Volume 1

“…the 1939 Sonata that opens this disc… receives a decisive performance from Lawrence Power and Simon Crawford-Phillips. The Sonata Op. 11 No. 4, dating from 1919, is written in Hindemith's early, Brahms-with-chromatic-twists style; it gives Power a chance to show off the gorgeously smooth tone of his 400-year-old instrument. ...the Sonata Op. 25 No. 4 features an uncharacteristically Bartókian finale and a big piano part that Crawford-Phillips... seizes gratefully. Power's acute sense of phrasing makes for an eloquent and elegiac Meditation...” --BBC Music Magazine, July 2009 ****

Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice - August 2009