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Elgar: Symphony No. 2
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Life, Love & Afterlife: A Liszt Recital
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Home to legendary artists: VIKTORIA MULLOVA, AUGUSTIN DUMAY, MARIA JOAO PIRES, ANNE SCHWANEWILMS, MIDORI, SUSAN GRAHAM, PASCAL ROGE, SIMON TRYPCESKI, DEJAN LAZIC, JAMES EHNES, EHNES QUARTET, LEONARD ELSCHENBROICH, JOSEPH MOOG, FLORIAN BOESCH, HENK NEVEN, CHEN REISS, BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC, BORUSAN ISTANBUL PHILHARMONIC, SASCHA GOETZEL, KIRILL KARABITS, VASILY PETRENKO, ANDREW MANZE, MELVYN TAN, SHAI WOSNER, RALPH KIRSHBAUM, KUSS QUARTET and more!
RECORD OF THE YEAR 2017 at the BBC Music Magazine Awards for Tchaikovsky Symphonies 1, 2 & 5 from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko ! Bravo to all the team in Liverpool!
This recording also won the Best Orchestral Award - quite an evening at this year's awards!
Also in Liverpool, the very next day, Andrew Manze and the RLPO recorded Vaughan Williams Symphonies 5&6 , Volume 3 of their RVW cycle, for release in 2018.....
Into the UK classical chart at No.8 for Vaughan Williams Symphonies 3&4 from Andrew manze and the RLPO. A rave 5 star review from the Observer as well!
Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO's new Elgar Symphony No.2 storms into the UK classical at No.4!
'Even if you have a recording of Elgar's second, you should get this one, because Petrenko's understanding of this elusive and problematic piece is so profound' David Mellor/Classic FM
More news from Merseyside - both volumes of the Tchaikovsky Symphonies from Petrenko and the RLPO are in the UKtop 30 classical chart!
"This passionate account of Elgar’s Second Symphony is a vivid reminder of the Mahlerian complexity of the score, and of how much more craggy in texture and ambiguous in mood it is than the First. Petrenko’s tempos in the long opening movement are admirably flexible, but it’s in the last two that interpretation and playing seem to me finest; the finale achieves a noble grandeur and melancholy. Three of Elgar’s charming miniatures complete the disc' .The Sunday Times ONYX4165
Tchaikovsky Symphonies Volume 2 are a Gramophone magazine editors choice -I commend Petrenko’s as the finest modern cycle of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies currently available.' Gramophone
Sunday Times 'Album of the Week' Tchaikovsky Symphonies Volume 2.Petrenko & RLPO
'...the charismaticis often electrifying in his native repertoire, and his startling accounts of No.4 and No.6 are among the more distinguished of recent issues...No.4 ..finale taken at a breathtaking speed
The Mail on Sunday 'Album of the Week' Tchaikovsky Symphonies Volume 2
5 star review
'I think Petrenko, with these readings, rises to the top of the pile, also because of his disciplined intensity and clarity in the 'Pathetique', where he makes sense of the descriptions of each of the four movements found, after his death, among tchaikovsky's papers: 'Life' Love, Disappointment and Death'
'..Petrenko exerts a grip that ratchets up the intensity to the maximum. Even the Symphonies No.4 and 6, so familiar on disc , seize the attention early on and refuse to let go'
GRAMOPHONE EDITOR’S CHOICE
"it is anguished, yes, but in place of rough-edged abandon we get a razor-sharp, perfectly blended precision that verily slices through the air. The Andante is equally grabbing for its organically spun long phrases, and a first-violin solo of heart-rending beauty and vulnerability. The Ehnes Quartet’s Sibelius tells a similar story of deep soul painted with a panoply of colours, dynamics and emotion, with a natural dramatic flow throughout. I never would have thought of putting these two works together, but in this group’s hands it has resulted in something wonderful.” Ehnes Quartet review for their Death and the Maiden /Intimate Voices album
"The Kuss Quartet artfully exploits its disruptive mischief and innate asymmetry … Wit lights up this accounf, every joke perfectly timed, every nuance explored … Mojca Erdmann…is in her element for three Brahms songs, sung with touching simplicity and radiant focus.”
BBC Music Magazine - The Kuss Quartet: Brahms & Schoenberg
Soprano Mojca Erdmann is on commanding form and well placed within the body of the quartet as a fifth voice.”
Gramophone, January 2017
'The playing is introspective and intense, with plenty moody self-reflection in the dark ebbs and whispered nostalgia of the First Cello Sonata' Guardian review of Leonard Elschenbroich's new Schnittke album
HAYDN, LIGETI: CONCERTOS AND CAPRICCIOS Shai Wosner, piano; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Nicholas Collon, conductor (Onyx). 'To galvanizing yet ruminative effect, this disc brings together the bright, witty, unexpectedly heartfelt music of two Central European composers: Haydn (1732-1809) and Ligeti (1923-2006). The centerpieces are piano concertos: two by Haydn and Ligeti’s uproarious, rhythmically knotty contribution to the genre. Between are alternately dreamy and lively capriccios by both; all is played with style, flair and velvety touch by Mr. Wosner, given spirited support by Mr. Collon and the Danes'.
The New York Times
Compelling....sonically impressive' Financial Times review for MacMillan Violin Concerto and Symphony No.4 premier releases on CD. Vadim Repin, soloist in the concerto is the dedicatee, the conductor Donald Runnicles is the dedicatee of the symphony. ONYX4157
'The progression [Beethoven, Czerny, Liszt], for me , is from marvellousness to absolute delectation: Tan's Liszt. His playing is always exquisite, but much more than that' Sunday Times reviewing Master & Pupil, Beethoven, Czerny & Liszt, from Melvyn Tan ONYX4156
'Absolutely compelling' said BBC Radio 3 Record Review of Melvyn Tan's superb recital album Master & Pupil, going on to praise Tan's 'technical and dramatic clarity'
Melvyn performs the complete programme of this CD at the Wigmore Hall, London on 13 October. The concert is broadcast live on BBC Radio3
Hear Melvyn on BBC Radio 4 'Front Row' talking about his new album on 29 September, and on Radio 3 'In Tune' on 12 October
'A beautiful survey of the impact of Spain on 20th Century song composers....Neven's lightish, sensual baritone speaks volumes in both Ibert's Chansons and Don Quichotte a Dulcinee...he brings into play an extraordinary range of colour and dynamics, beautifully deployed and controlled .....'.Gramophone magazine praises the new album from Henk Neven and hand Eijsackers ONYX4132
Financial Times gives 4 stars to the Tchaikovsky Symphonies Vol.1 from Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO 'taut exciting performances'.
Meanwhile the Daily Telegraph awards Petrenko and the RLPO 5 stars commenting on 'the supreme quality of the orchestral playing'
Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO storm into the UK Classical Chart with their outstanding Tchaikovsky Symphonies Vol.1
James Ehnes' & Andrew Armstrong's Debussy, Elgar & Respighi Sonatas album chosen as BBC Radio 3 Record Review programme as Disc of the Week
'Splendidly vivid recordings' says The Sunday Times of Vasiliy Petrenko's Tchaikovsky Symphonies Vol.1. 'The lovely woodwind skirl that opens Winter Dreams (No.1) is a good augury for the fine quality of the Liverpool players in all sections of the orchestra....Petrenko's Tchaikovsky is authentically Russian in its bright, sharped edged colours and rhythms'
Lovely ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review in July's BBC Music Magazine of Andrew Manze's 'very special recording' of the first in a new cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for Onyx Classics. Orchestral Choice of the Month
A terrific review for the first CD in the new Vaughan Williams symphony cycle from Andrew Manze and the RLPO! Bravo to the RLPO, and Andrews Manze & Keener!
Andrew Manze and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra release the first volume of their Vaughan Williams Symphony cycle for ONYX with Nos 2&8 - and debut in the UK Classical Specialist chart at No.11!
BBC Radio 3 Record Review called the new CD 'All in all an excellent start to this new cycle' adding that 'The sound is excellent'. The programme also commented on 'The clarity of texture...lightness, and illuminating qualities of Andrew Manze's interpretation with the RLPO.
Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO have just completed the recording of Elgar Symphony No.2, the eagerly awaited follow up to their superb recording of No.1 last year. The second symphony will be released next February
Ehnes & Armstrong have a new album of sonatas by Debussy, Elgar and Respighi which the Daily Telegraph raved about, saying the Elgar performance would ' cause shivers to run up and down the spine'
‘[Mullova’s] interpretation dances on the edge of an abyss and somehow ends up on its feet. 50 minutes of death-defying music must be heard to be believed’
"Moog surmounts the piece’s formidable technical hurdles to make sumptuous, glistening and, indeed, memorable music. The disc would be worth having for the Moszkowski alone, but the Grieg acquires a freshness and new momentum in the clarity, panache and melodic warmth that Moog brings to it.”
BBC Music Magazine 5 star review for Elgar Symphony No.1!
‘The lasting impression for me is of a conductor with an intelligent, informed but deep love of this music. The recording is beautifully suited to both performances – the entry of the organ inCockaigne has rarely sounded so luscious. Strongly recommended.’
More accolades for Petrenko's Elgar - 'Sunday Times Album of the Week' Elgar Symphony No.1 & Cockaigne Overture
'this outstanding disc opens with a rollicking account of Cockaigne, one of the wittiest I know......playing of the highest order
'one of the finest Elgar albums of recent years' said The Mail on Sunday in a 5 star review for Elgar Symphony No.1 from the RLPO & Vasily Petrenko!
Elgar's 1st Symphony under Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO is praised by the Independent on Sunday and the Daily Telegraph
'The Symphony No.1 setting out at a strikingly slow pace , is given both monumental weight and graced with individual playing of character and loveliness, the woodwind particularly splendid' IoS
'..this performance of the First Symphony testifies to his (Petrenko's) absorption in the qualities that make the music so distinctive.He exerts a natural pliability on the phrasing which lends the symphony the suppleness that is quintissential to its fabric..' Daily Telegraph
Information about our new releases for 2017 are to be found on the Coming Soon page.