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Christmas With SOMM

SOMM is celebrating the holiday season with a new playlist of selected tracks from our selection of Christmas recordings – including our new release The Darkest Midnight from Papagena! Listen on Spotify and explore the albums below:

MusicWeb International 2018 Recordings of the Year

MusicWeb International critics have released their 2018 Recordings of the Year nominees, and we’re excited to share that the Londinium Chamber Choir’s The Gluepot Connection received two nominations (1 of only 8 with that distinction), and our Celeste release of Rubbra’s Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Adrian […]

SOMM Receives 2019 ICMA Nomination!

Clélia Iruzun, Jac van Steen, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s recording of Mignone & Albeniz Piano Concertos has been nominated in the “Assorted Programs” category of the 2019 International Classical Music Awards! To celebrate, you can save 20% on the CD and Downloads through Christmas!  

Elgar Orchestral Songs in November 2018 Gramophone

Explore “…Dutch baritone Henk Neven and mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge… are excellently supported in turn by Barry Wordsworth and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Liverpool-born Rudge is in refulgent voice for the darkly passionate Op 60 diptych of 1910, while it’s hard to imagine more sheerly beguiling renderings of either ‘The Wind at Dawn’ (1888) or ‘Pleading’ […]

British Music Society Reviews In Remembrance

The British Music Society reviews the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s new recording in memory of the centenary anniversary of the end of the First World War, In Remembrance: “This issue marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War in a highly appropriate and imaginative fashion. … the professional […]

BBC Music Magazine Reviews The Hills of Dreamland

Explore “…these ‘snapshots’ offer an unusually rounded portrait of Elgar. One strikingly effective song is ‘The Wind at Dawn’. Elgar’s 1888 setting of a poem by his soon-to-be wife Caroline Alice Roberts, heard in its magnificent 1912 orchestration, all the more memorable for mezzo Kathryn Rudge’s very distinctive singing. Indeed, Rudge generally has the best […]

Gramophone Review for Stanford: String Quartets Nos. 3, 4, & 7

Gramophone reviews the Dante Quartet’s recording of Charles Villiers Stanford: String Quartets Nos. 3, 4, & 7 in the October 2018 issue: “All three of the works on this disc are premiere recordings, an astonishing state of affairs for what must surely be the most significant quartet cycle by any British composer before Frank Bridge. […]

Gramophone Reviews Bernstein Broadway to Hollywood

Gramophone Magazine reviews our Ariadne release of Bernstein: Broadway to Hollywood in the October 2018 issue: “[Iain Sutherland’s] Bernstein is strong and trenchant, often exhilarating, never sentimental. The dances from West Side Story blend energy with restraint, the opening bristling with tension, the Mambo hard-driven and electric, the ‘Somewhere’ Adagio clean and very reined in. […]

September Releases in the Gramophone Listening Room

James Jolly adds both of our new Charles Villiers Stanford and Elgar releases to his weekly “Listening Room” playlist on Gramophone: “Sir Charles Villiers Stanford’s Seventh String Quartet came as quite a surprise – beautifully constructed (no surprise) but so eloquent and passionate. I’ve always loved Kathryn Rudge’s rich mezzo voice and have long wanted […]