Vincent d’Indy: Orchestral Works 6


This is the sixth and final volume in Chandos’ survey of orchestral works by Vincent d’Indy. The project, with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Rumon Gamba, has aimed to bring the composer’s neglected, eclectic, and richly orchestrated works to a wider audience. Exceptionally, this final recording is issued on SACD; previous volumes have garnered many awards, from Volume 1 (Grammy-nominated) and Volume 2 (Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’) to Volume 5 (‘Choc de Classica’), confirming Chandos’ reputation as a top label in groundbreaking search for neglected musical gems.


Mortari, Galeotti, Tedeschi: Music For Harp


Three composers, Tedeschi, Galeotti and Mortari, with three completely different musical styles - what they share is the sound of the harp and the rediscovery of its Italian repertory, which is mostly still unknown, or very nearly so.







Clara & Robert Schumann: Concertos


In addition to the highly virtuosic Concert for four Horns and Orchestra by Robert Schumann and the Piano Concerts in A minor, Op.7 by his wife Clara, this recording presents two other extremely listenable concert rarities by Schumanns. Jozef De Beenhouwer has completed and orchestrated the concerts in A minor and F minor by Robert and Clara Schumann.

 



Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.7; Piano Concerto No.3


Tchaikovsky's Symphony in E-flat, was commenced after the Symphony No. 5, and was intended initially to be the composer's next (i.e. sixth) symphony. Tchaikovsky abandoned this work in 1892, only to reuse the first movement in the single-movement Third Piano Concerto, Op. 75, first performed and published after his death in 1895. Two other movements were reworked for piano and orchestra by Sergei Taneyev as the Andante and Finale, which was published as Tchaikovsky's Op. posth. 79 in 1897.



Fauré: The Complete Music for Piano


'Sumptuously recorded. A true and dedicated Francophile … [Kathryn Stott] is clearly among the more stylish and intriguing of all young pianists' --Gramophone Magazine

‘I never expect to hear this music better done’ --Classic FM Magazine

'A major contribution to the recorded literature of French piano music, strongly recommended' --Fanfare, USA


CPE Bach Project


“the group's well-nigh impeccable ensemble and palpable enthusiasm make it an ideal vehicle for CPE Bach at his most stormy and passionate. In the concertos, the energy is lightly handled, Gaillard dancing off-the-string with impressive bow-control.” --BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 ****

A portrait, on the tercentenary of the composer's birth, of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), probably the most gifted of the sons of Johann Sebastian Bach. Highly admired in his own century by Haydn, Gluck and Mozart, he stands out today as a brilliant and highly original composer.

Kalevi Aho: Chamber Symphonies Nos 1–3


“a fascinating trilogy and a spectacular vehicle for this fearless ensemble. Superb SACD and CD sound, as one expects from this label.” --Classical Music, 21st April 2012 *****

“The Tapiola Sinfonietta's performances are splendid, crisp and lithe in Nos 1 & 2 under Asbury's taut direction. Kantorow elicits more expansive but no less electric playing in No. 3, where they partner Kelly (the original soloist on dazzling form here) as equals. BIS's SACD recording is first-rate, the acoustic of the Tapiola Concert Hall affording these works the finest possible environment in which to be heard at their best.” --Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

Time Present and Time Past


“If you buy only one record of harpsichord music in your life...buy this sensational album...he emerges as a superstar whose musicianship, imagination, virtuosity, cultural breadth and charisma far transcends the ivory tower in which the harpsichord has traditionally been placed.” --The Times, 8th May 2015 *****

“Esfahani’s playing brings the old face to face with the new.” Financial Times, 16th May 2015 ****


Respighi: Roman Trilogy


“Rarely has this music sounded so well on CD...The Trevi fountain dénouement and climax section of Pines let rip, but Neschling also unearths startling subtleties. Festivals tends to be played as a blunt crowd-pleaser, but Neschling is careful to emphasisie the push-pull rhythmic contrasts of the finale and incidental details...The best Roman trilogy of recent times.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2011 *****

“It may seem bold of BIS to rely on a relatively untried orchestra and its Brazilian conductor but such confidence has amply paid off...The spectacular BIS recording in SACD brings out all the atmospheric qualities” --Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

Porpora: Cantatas for soprano


“Some of the most genuinely enjoyable and captivating performances of eighteenth-century vocal music I have heard on disc for a very long time … these are brilliantly written recitatives, clearly, but with Fedi’s clarity of diction and conviction of delivery, they are transformed into something truly exceptional. Yet to single out the recitatives, when the instrumental colouring of the arias and sinfonias is so magical, is to do a major disservice both to Porpora and to Auser Musici … here is music-making of such infectious happiness that this disc is destined to be a constant companion for the foreseeable future” --International Record Review

 

Smetana: Piano Works


“Stott’s approach is more measured, and more poetic. In her hands , the showers of notes garlanding the melody in On the Seashore have irresistible beauty, while the Czech dance entitled ‘Hulan’ (‘Lancer’) has an extraordinary tenerdness. These pianists have open up a treasure trove…” --BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2007 *****

“Stott shows how much Smetana owed to Liszt. The Hungarian’s shadow lies over other works on the Chandos disc, the splendid Concert Study in C and transcription of Schubert’s Der Neugierge not least. Another pearl in Stott’s programme is the knockabout Fantasy on national songs." --Gramophone Magazine

Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Works Volume 5


“We have here a good proportion of Goldilocks… Kim Criswell and William Dazeley do the vocal items justice… and… Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Concert Orchestra provide performances full of panache which are absolutely in the authentic Anderson orchestral style.” --Gramophone Magazine, December 2008

“Criswell is joined by baritone William Dazeley, the two of them proving fine exponents of some appealing material. Slatkin and the BBC players do sterling work throughout, including in the filler suite of well-known Christmas carols, scored for woodwind only.” --BBC Music Magazine, January 2009 ****