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Gramophone Reviews Stanford String Quintets and Intermezzi

“it’s worth reiterating just what a debt of gratitude lovers of British music owe to SOMM and the Dante Quartet for their commitment to Stanford’s chamber music. Listening to this vibrant new recording, what struck me was… the freshness, the spontaneity, the instinctive ‘rightness’ of Stanford’s writing for strings. This might be the most satisfying […]

Gramophone Reviews Leon McCawley’s Haydn Sonatas Volume Three

Gramophone Magazine’s January 2021 issue features a review of Leon McCawley’s Haydn Piano Sonatas Volume III: “In McCawley’s vivid realisations …Each sonata emerges as a succinct, self-contained drama, with airtight plot and an endless variety of characters. In the exquisite Adagio of the A flat Sonata (HobXVI:46), for instance, McCawley is all artful simplicity, letting Haydn’s eloquent […]

Gramophone Review for One Hundred Years of British Song, Vol. 1

Gramophone Magazine’s January 2021 issue features a rave review for James Gilchrist and Nathan Williamson’s first volume of One Hundred Years of British Song: “James Gilchrist’s contribution is past praise in its probing range of expression and unfailing sensitivity to the text. What’s more, he enjoys immaculate support throughout from Nathan Williamson, who also provides […]

Gramophone Reviews Clélia Iruzun’s new Piano Concertos recording!

Clélia Iruzun, Jac van Steen, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s new Oswald & Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos recording is in the Gramophone Awards Issue: “ I was at least charmed by the … reading by Clélia Iruzun and Jac van Steen. I warmed to the slow movement, with its echoes of Fauré, and thoroughly enjoyed the tarantella […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Gramophone Spotlights Charles Villiers Stanford

Gramophone Magazine’s October 2019 issue profiles the Charles Villiers Stanford Musical Revival and features SOMM’s recent and upcoming recordings of his string quartets with the Dante Quartet and the upcoming release of Stanford’s opera “The Travelling Companion”. “The recording of The Travelling Companion gives us a unique opportunity to hear a side of Stanford’s musical […]

Gramophone Magazine Finds A Lot to Enjoy in The Leipzig Circle

“It’s an attractive idea: a programme of chamber music by four mutual friends, Robert and Clara Schumann and Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn. Two D minor piano trios anchor the programme – by Fanny and Robert – while salon pieces by Felix and Clara fill out the running time very appealingly, as well as providing brief […]

Beethoven Plus, Vol. 2 is a Gramophone Top Beethoven Chamber Music Album

Gramophone‘s Richard Bratby features his top recordings of Beethoven’s Chamber Music in the September 2019 “Gramophone Collector” column and Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong‘s Beethoven Plus, Vol. 2 is part of his collection: “In their ‘Beethoven Plus’ series on SOMM, violinist Krysia Osostowicz and pianist Daniel Tong have found another [way of renewing Beethoven] — […]