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August 2011

8.669032-33 ALDRIDGE Elmer Gantry
‘This superbly crafted, irresistibly enjoyable work strikes me as poised to take its place among the finest operas to have emerged from the U.S…The performances are wonderfully vivid: without exception, they’re vibrant, exceedingly lively and strongly sung…As the Grammy suggests, the recording is marvellously engineered – an achievement that seems greater when one remembers that it was captured ‘live’.’
-Christopher Ballantine, Opera, May 2012


8.660300-01 PETITGIRARD Guru
‘Vocally, the recording is superb.  Hubert Claessens is charismatic in the title role, his strong, seductive baritone at once commanding and beguiling…The chorus and smaller parts are finely controlled, and the orchestral playing is incisive.  The composers himself conducts-excellently.’
-Christopher Ballantine, Opera, March 2012


8.572040 HAYDN Piano Trios Nos. 24, 25, 6 and 31
‘Andrew Keener’s sound gives each musician plenty of space, allowing a fine balance between the instruments of this notoriously tricky combination.  But what matters is the music; and any group that it willing to take it seriously is guaranteed to reap the dividends.’
- David Threasher, Gramophone Magazine, January 2012


8.572649 HOLBROOKE Violin Sonatas; Horn Trio; Mezzo-Tints
‘All the pieces are of a high standard, often brilliant and imaginative, and I was particularly impressed with Kerenza Peacock’s lithe, elegant violin-playing and her easy conquest of the virtuoso demands of The Grasshopper.’
-Duncan Druce, Gramophone Magazine, December 2011


8.572712 MAXWELL DAVIES Linguae Ignis; Vesalii Icones
‘The Italian ensemble and especially solo cellist Vittorio Ceccanti bring the music prancing off the page….The CD box mentions this work’s ‘profound ritualistic expression’, yet the Italians never neglect the lighter, more humorous aspects.  They come into their own swinging the end of the Purcell fantasia off its quirky wall.’
-Jessica Duchen, Classic FM Magazine, November 2011


8.570145 ALWYN Concerti Grossi Nos. 2 and 3
‘The music of Alwyn, in all its diversity and passion, appears to have an unstoppable momentum under the committed baton of David Lloyd Jones and Naxos.  This highly entertaining and gripping recording, crisply executed by the RLPO, has an energy, drive and polish entirely apt for the compelling admixture of Alwyn’s post-Romantic and neo-classical language.’
-Jeremy Dibble, Gramophone Magazine, November 2011

‘…the music is such a delight to listen to: not just a pleasurable background noise, but for the way it entertains while elegantly dodging the predictable at every turn…The performances are lovely, with David Lloyd-Jones approaching each score – even the rather less impressive Moor of Venice and Seven Irish Tunes – on its own terms’.
-Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine, October 2011

‘Lloyd-Jones, as you would expect of a past master in this repertoire, leads his polished Liverpool players in atmospheric performances of tender affection’.
-Jeremy Nicholas, Classic FM Magazine, October 2011


8.572706 BRITTEN Complete Scottish Songs
‘The Scottish tenor (Mark Wilde) has matured into one of our finest artists with time’s passing, musically astute, vocally impressive and a generous communicator…He’s eloquently partnered by harpist Lucy Wakeford in A Birthday Hansel, their partnership tapping the emotional heart of Britten’s deceptively complex writing’.
-Andrew Stewart, Classic FM Magazine, October 2011



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