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October 2012

8.572910 WALCHA Chorale Preludes Vol. 1

“A fine introduction to the music of one of the 20th century’s most influential organists but, equally, a fitting tribute to the genius of one of its greatest organ builders.”
-Chris Bragg, Choir & Organ Jan/Feb 2013


“The Spanish ensemble Capilla Antigua de Chinchilla offers a marvellous, well-researched programme featuring troubadours and mystics.”
-Rebecca Tavener, Choir & Organ Jan/Feb 2013


8.111393 SIBELIUS Symphony No 1
“There are wonderful moments…this is a highly perceptive reading.”
-Anthony Hodgson, Classical Recordings Quarterly Winter 2012


8.572764 DELIUS Appalachia
“The Florida Orchestra… is well up to the mark… Appalachia here is beautifully done, with nicely judged rubato and plenty of Delian ebb and flow… The choir is excellent: vigorous and forthright, and sizeable too.”
-Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review January 2013

“Sanderling’s interpretation of this imaginative score is sympathetic… The tempi are well chosen and the handling of Delius’s poetic orchestration, not least in its richer Straussian garb, is nicely garbed.”
-Jeremy Dibble, Gramophone December 2012

“This fine orchestra has a superb violinist leader… plus serious class in every department, the brass in particular. The choral singing, too, is exemplary in its firm-toned accuracy: Delius’s tricky chromatic demands are sailed through with ease… the firepower and up-front honesty of [Leon Williams’s] singing do real justice to a great solo part.”
-Malcolm Hayes, BBC Music Magazine – Christmas 2012


8.573049 JACKSON Requiem
“The music feels as spontaneously descriptive as Eric Whitacre’s… [Jackson’s] use of syncopation is a straightforward vehicle of joy… performances under Jeremy Backhouse meet the formidable challenges without audible strain, never shrinking away from the music’s intense emotional content.”
-David Patrick Stearns, Gramophone December 2012

‘You don’t have to believe that [Gabriel Jackson’s way of describing this work] to relish the sheer accomplishment and virtuosity of the Vasari Singers’ performance… [They] breast the difficulties confidently, crucially maintaining a full modicum of poise and tonal balance in the process… Of the shorter pieces I specially enjoyed Francis Pott’s When David Heard… The Vasari Singers grip the work with evident relish and commitment, producing the CD’s most potently arresting performance’.
-Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine – December, 2012

‘Backhouse and his Vasari Singers perform this music to the manner born, with gorgeous tone that rejoices in the rich harmonies and fluid part-writing. Pott’s Tomkins-inspired When David Heard is a particularly effective reading, but it is to Jackson’s Requiem that this listener will return. Once again Naxos are to be congratulated for their support of British contemporary choral music’.
-Philip Reed, Choir & Organ Magazine – November / December, 2012


8.572987 PATER NOSTER A Choral Reflection On The Lord’s Prayer
“A wonderful tribute to the Christian religion that its creed and teaching inspired so much that is unforgettably beautiful… Find out for yourselves what a rewarding CD this is, gloriously sung and perfectly recorded.”
-Ivan March, Gramophone December 2012

‘There are few vocal ensembles that can work up a concept album like The King’s Singers, and this… blossoms into something rather wonderful as they are grouped into sections commenting on aspects of the Lord’s Prayer… The performances have all the panache that we associate with this group’.
-Anthony Pryer, BBC Music Magazine – December, 2012


8.572871 Choruses for Male Voice & Orchestra
“Throughout, Hold-Garrido conducts with great dynamism and the Malmo Opera orchestra also goes for the gusto. The engineering is exciting and ideally balanced.”
-Raymond S Tuttle, IRR February 2013

‘Seven resonant Romantic rarities… are enthusiastically performed’.
-Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine – December, 2012



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