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April 2008

8.570554 Godard: Violin Concertos
“In the two concertos, Chlöe Hanslip produces a rich tone for Godard’s operatic, legato lines and she deals impeccably with the flights of virtuosity…”
- Roger Nichols Performance 3*, Sound 4* BBC Music Magazine

“Chlöe Hanslip has inspired a devoted following…”
- Number 3 in the Bestsellers Chart BBC Music Magazine

“Chlöe Hanslip is in her element, making the most of the showy passagework, enjoying finding the right tone of voice for the different styles of melody – elegiac, sensuous or graceful – and attacking with a passion the dramatic recitatives that join the movements of the Concerto romantique.
- Duncan Druce, Editor’s Choice, Gramophone Magazine


8.570534 Bartók: The Wooden Prince
“…the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Marin Aslop gives a fine, colourful and insightful account.”
- Christopher Dingle Performance 4*, Sound 4* BBC Music Magazine

“This muscular performance of Bartók’s expressionistic ballet score The Wooden Prince (1917) follows fine recordings of Bluebeard’s Castle and The Miraculous Mandarin, confirming Alsop as a hugely compelling advocate for this music.”

“She relishes the work’s extravagancees and her reading is impressive for its sense of architecture. The BSO sound gratifyingly warm.”
- Stephen Pettitt, 4* Review, The Sunday Times


8.570283 Strauss: Four Last Songs
“German-born Ricarda Merbeth’s beautiful, bigger-than-average soprano voice soars wonderfully through the glowing soundworld of Strauss’s Four Last Songs.

“The accompaniment is ear-catching too, with conductor Michael Halász securing a feast of burnished tone-colour from an orchestra that’s clearly on the way up…”
- Malcolm Hayes, 3* Review, Classic FM Magazine


8.559362 Carter: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5
“The sound has ideal clarity and warmth, and there are revealing notes from Bayan Northcott and the composer. If the second disx maintains such a level, this will certainly be the Carter quartet cycle to have.”
- Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone Magazine


8.570417 Finzi: Dies Natalis
“…a lachrymose cycle elegantly sung by James Gilchrist.”

“…the underrated BSO plays with great beauty under the meticulous David Hill.”
- Anthony Holden, The Observer


8.570833 Dohnányi: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
“The easeful Romanticism of the work is sensuously captures in two poised performances.”
- 4* Review, The Scotsman


8.570529 Roussel: Symphony No. 2
“[A] probing account by Stéphane Denève and the RNSO…heated treatment from Denève.”
- 4* Review, The Scotsman


8.570149 Purcell: Theatre Music Vol. 1
“Under Kevin Mallon, the Toronto-based Aradia Ensemble play with verve and rhythmic imagination, while soprano Nicole Bower and bass Giles Tomkins are the pick of a personable bunch of young soloists. A Purcell bargain.”
- Richard Wigmore, The Daily Telegraph



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