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BBC Music Magazine Names George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra – The Forgotten Recordings a Historical Critic’s Choice

George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra — The Forgotten Recordings receives a five-star review and the Historical Critic’s Choice distinction in the June 2021 BBC Music Magazine: “…it’s fascinating to hear the partnership when their much-vaunted precision was well in progress, if not immaculate. … The stereo recordings… show how far the orchestra had come… […]

BBC Music Magazine Gives The Open Window 4 Stars!

BBC Music Magazine gives Simon Callaghan’s George Dyson: The Open Window recording a four-star review: “even with the fingering is simple and the length very brief, Dyson usually packs in plenty of substance, with tricky rhythms, surprising harmonies that belie his conservative image and considerable authentic charm. …in the Open Window set of 1920, Dyson […]

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 […]

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. […]

BBC Magazine Reviews “The deeper the blue…”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ BBC Magazine Review “Janet Sung shines in the lyrical episodes of Vaughan Williams’s Violin Concerto, most especially in the beautiful Adagio – Tranquillo central movement. … Kenneth Hesketh’s richly colourful and evocative orchestral soundscapes… complement Sung’s by turns gleaming harmonics, bird-like song and yearning lyricism. … Sung and the Britten Sinfonia play Ravel’s lush […]

Leon McCawley’s Haydn Piano Sonatas, Vol. Two Receives a Four Star BBC Review!

“a well-balanced selection of six sonatas… recorded with appropriate crispness and cantabile in Turner Sims hall. The sparkle of McCawley’s touch is instantly apparent… as is his evenness of fingering in the passagework… Most impressive throughout the disc is McCawley’s command of subtle nuance and rubato without ever sounding self-conscious or mannered. The impression, so […]

Five Stars for Alexander Karpeyev’s Composers at the Savile Club

BBC Music Magazine‘s November 2019 issue features a five-star review for Alexander Karpeyev’s Composers at the Savile Club recording: “What do Elgar, Walton, Parry, Virgil Thomson, and Arnold have in common? Answer: they were all members of the Savile Club… Stylistically it ranges widely, from the sweepingly Brahmsian Prelude of Parry’s Hands Across the Centuries […]

Five Star BBC Music Review for Beethoven Plus!

“It’s an elegant idea, and it has paid off. … aside from being very winning in its own right, Kurt Schwertsik’s Unterwegs nach Heiligenstadt prepared the way for Op. 30 No. 1 so effectively that I genuinely found myself listening to the Beethoven with new ears. Matthew Taylor’s Tarantella Furiosa emerges compellingly… David Matthews’s Sonatina… […]

Five Stars for The Tippett Quartet’s Alwyn And Carwithen Recording

“[Carwithen’s Quartet No. 1]’s technical fluidity suggest a much more mature composer…Quartet No. 2 dates from five years later, and the emotional intensity has heightened. … It’s a compelling piece of musical argument, played with bold incisiveness by the Tippett Quartet. Alwyn’s Quartet No. 3…It’s tautly argumentative opening gives way to an Adagio whose generous, […]

Mark Bebbington Brings Astonishing Force to Arnold Bax

“…the lava tumbles out with astonishing force from Mark Bebbington, who plays with tremendous authority, supported by a vivid recording with an appropriately wide dynamic range. In its orchestrated symphonic form…the music writhes with a tumult of colours; but Bebbington proves that Bax’s first thoughts, testing piano and pianist to the limit, have their own […]