WORKS for Violin and Orchestra


Joshua Bell has captured the public’s imagination like no other classical violinist of his time. His virtuosity in the most demanding concerto repertoire is second to none, and his bold, charismatic artistry breathes new life into the most venerable masterpieces. Voice of the Violin, spent 5 weeks at Number 1 in the US Classical chart and continues to attract positive press and exposure, keeping Joshua in the Classical spotlight.

“The playing is unfailingly exquisite; the arrangements are generally sensitive - Mozart's Laudate Dominum being notably effective.” --Gramophone Magazine, November 2006


TANEYEV String Quartets Nos 1 & 3


A pupil of Tchaikovsky, whom he replaced at the Moscow Conservatory, Sergey Taneyev was a virtuoso pianist and a teacher of Scriabin and Rachmaninov. Although as a composer Taneyev is best known today for his four symphonies, he also composed a sizeable body of chamber music, including six String Quartets. These beautifully crafted works are marked by technical assurance at every turn, as well as dramatic inspiration and intense lyricism.

“whilst never sounding truly impassioned, and certainly not Russian, the Carpe Diems display a good deal of poise and commitment to Taneyev's deserving cause.” --MusicWeb International, 26th September 2013

VIVALDI Concertos for 2 violins


Vivaldi’s double concertos resemble jousts: ‘the standards are raised, the bystanders comment, analyse, compare, speculate, the betting counter is open’, writes Olivier Fourés. But, he continues, the joust is not for real. It is ‘the stage of a theatre where two solitudes, within a group, meet up, then both size each other up and comfort each other’. There is bound to be comparison between the two protagonists, but in the end the triumph will be collective. And the least one can say is that Amandine Beyer and her illustrious guest Giuliano Carmignola have breathed new life into this dazzling form of musical theatre!

LOCATELLI 10 Sonatas Op.18


“No chance of Locatelli's Op. 8 falling in with the rent-a-crowd Baroque fiddle sonata. Wallfisch invests every phrase with tingling, exuberant life.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2006 ****

“This is amazing violin playing of a kind of virtuosity I do not recall hearing from a period instrument player … No one who admires good violin playing will want to miss Elizabeth Wallfisch's crisp, rhythmic playing, her precise articulation or her impeccable intonation, or indeed her general command of the style and expressive content of this music.” --Gramophone Magazine

DVOŘÁK Stabat Mater

Dvořák's haunting 'Stabat Mater', for solo voices, chorus and orchestra is not only the most famous work of church music by the Bohemian composer - it is also one of the most impressive ever settings of the medieval hymn in which Mary, the mother of Jesus, gives vivid expression to the pain she feels at the sight of her crucified son. The terrible misfortunes that befell the composer, the deaths of three of his children,   during the creation of this work may have been a reason for this.

“Under Jansons, the Bavarian Radio Chorus are in fine voice, crisp of enunciation and excellently balanced against the large orchestra [and] are joined by a distinguished solo quartet…this live performance is excellent in all respects” --Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

ONSLOW Complete Piano Trios Volumes 3 & 4


CPO’s George Onslow complete Piano Trios series demonstrates that the rediscovery of this virtuosic, dramatically expressive, emotionally intimate, and finely crafted music is long overdue. Of volume two Gramophone said the performances by Trio Cascades were “spirited and expressive.”

“This is an interesting starting point for some compelling music.” --Gramophone Magazine, November 2011

DVOŘÁK & SZYMANOWSKI Violin Concertos


“From this recording one would imagine that hers is not a big tone but it is an opulent one, cushioned by ample if well controlled vibrato. That opulence makes her playing of the heartfelt melody in the slow movement of Dvorák's Violin Concerto winningly rich. She is equally successful in bringing out the marked Slavonic flavours in the outer movements... treating the dance rhythms of the finale with sparkling lightness. ...Szymanowski's First Violin Concerto... is a difficult work for soloist and conductor to hold together with its sharp contrasts of mood and tempo, but the alliance of Steinbacher and Janowski achieves that with total conviction. ...a performance that carries total conviction.” --Gramophone Magazine, January 2010

BARBER & BARTÓK Piano Concertos


“Put simply, Jarrett's fierce and authoritative command of Barber's difficult piano part is on a par with John Browning's benchmark performance. The octave onslaughts are not just accurate and assured but they also have shape and purpose...Jarrett's meticulous attention (for the most part, anyway!) to Bartok's phrasing and note values brings out the music's lyrical, speech-like syntax.” --Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“Jarrett's passagework [in the Barber] has a glittering edge, and he gives the music an exhilaratingly improvisatory feel.” --BBC Music Magazine, August 2015 **

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