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BBC Gives Four Stars to Rosa Mystica

BBC Music Magazine gives a four-star performance and recording review for Paul Spicer and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir’s Rosa Mystica: “The programme concept here is a familiar choral conductor’s standby, music in honour of the Virgin Mary: but the selection is anything but hackneyed. … The experienced choral director Paul Spicer is an […]

Gramophone Reviews Roderick Williams and Susie Allan’s Somervell Recording

Andrew Achenbach reviews Roderick Williams and Susie Allan’s new recording of Sir Arthur Somervell: A Shropshire Lad & Maud in the August issue of Gramophone Magazine: “Superbly partnered by Susie Allan (whose deft touch and ingratiating tone are a constant source of pleasure), Roderick Williams gives an outstandingly sympathetic rendering, his consistently perceptive characterisation especially […]

The Telegraph Celebrates SOMM’s 25th Anniversary!

Simon Heffer celebrates SOMM’s 25th Anniversary with an article titled “In classical music, there’s one label I can always count on” in The Telegraph: “One of the glories of classical music today is Somm Recordings. Established in 1995 and celebrating its silver jubilee, Somm has concentrated on discovering and rediscovering British composers, while also producing […]

Three SOMM Recordings in the July Gramophone!

“While certain pianists approach Mozart sonatas in the manner of visual artists who favour pastels and subtle hues, Peter Donohoe often applies primary colours in broad brushstrokes. … Donohoe’s full-throated yet stylistically contained Andante cantabile corroborates the composer’s essentially operatic DNA. … The A major K331’s theme-and-variations first movement seems to play itself by virtue of Donohoe’s simplicity, […]

From Five Continents Receives Four Stars from BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine gives a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Performance and ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Recording rating to our new Penelope Thwaites: From Five Continents recording in the July 2020 issue: “All except one of these choral compositions and songs receive their first recordings in this set and to say they are lively, catchy and imaginative is probably not saying enough. […]

Gramophone Reviews for Treasures from the New World and British Violin Sonatas

The June 2020 issue of Gramophone Magazine features reviews of our new Treasures from the New World and British Violin Sonatas recordings: “Howick’s flexible tone is well suited to the fragile dissonance of Walton’s harmony and the prevalence of seventh intervals in the composer’s thematic shapes (rather similar to the Violin Concerto of 1939) is […]

Gramophone Reviews Papagena’s Hush!

Gramophone Magazine’s Alexandra Coghlan gives a rave review for Papagena’s new recording, “Hush!” in the May 2020 issue: “Taking a King’s Singers approach to mixing repertoire, the group slip easily from Georgian and Sephardic folk songs to English part-songs, music by Scarlatti and Tchaikovsky and a generous selection of new works, with even a cheeky […]

Gramophone Hails Gianluigi Giglio’s 19th Century Guitar as Revelatory

“in a Sor recital that tapers sensitively from sets of variations through fantasies to pieces of sweet repose. Giglio has a remarkable ear for the latent expressivity of a single tone, whether in isolation or in the company of its brethren. Moreover, his playing throughout is as lyrical as it is expository. But it is […]

Gramophone Reviews The Dante Quartet’s Third Volume of Stanford String Quartets

The March 2020 Gramophone issue reviews the Dante Quartet’s Stanford: String Quartets, Volume Three recording with a rave for the whole set: “Hats off, folks: the completion of the first full recorded cycle of Stanford’s string quartets deserves a moment of acknowledgment. … the more you listen to this music, the more distinctively Stanford’s own […]

The Strad Reviews The Deeper the Blue…

The Strad Magazine Reviews Janet Sung, Simon Callaghan, Britten Sinfonia, and Jac van Steen’s recording, The Deeper the Blue…, in the February 2020 issue: “this enterprising programme focuses intentionally on music more celebrated (rightly or wrongly) for its stylistic flavours and colours than for its architectural rigour.… Indeed, it is Janet Sung’s deft ability to […]