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To celebrate the release of Viktoria Mullova's latest album of Bach concertos with Ottavio Dantone, Onyx is pleased to offer a free track from the CD. DOWNLOAD IT NOW!
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J.S Bach; Violin Concertos
Lalo & Saint-Saens
Britten & Shostakovich
Pascal & Ami Roge
Debussy, Ravel, Saint-Saens
"To hear Viktoria Mullova play Bach is, simply, one of the greatest things you can experience" The Guardian
'Music for a never-ending journey': Violinst Viktoria Mullova has described her relationship with the music of Bach as 'a never-ending journey....Bach has become part of my spiritual and emotional well-being, an experience that I find almost like meditation'. Her new recording with Ottavio Dantone of concertos for violin and orchestra features the two famous concertos, plus two new and brilliant arrangements of two other Bach concertos for violin, and violin and harpsichord and is a must have for lovers of Bach's music and the artistry of Mullova'
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James Ehnes's new recording, with Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, was made directly after concerts of both the Britten and Shostakovich violin concertos.
The performances were described by The Observer as 'extraordinary'. On the Shostakovich, the paper went on to say 'the brilliant James Ehnes...apparently encountering no technical problems in this hazardously difficult work, transmitted its mood of bitter melancholy and dry-eyed grief with alert, responsive support from the orchestra'.
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Praise for Augustin Dumay's new ONYX CD Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas
"Here is a wonderful disc, capturing two great musical minds – violinist Augustin Dumay and pianist Louis Lortie – at the height of their powers and in absolute unity" The Herald Scotland
"I live for days like the one when I received a new album by pianist Louis Lortie and violinist/conductor Augustin Dumay featuring music by César Franck and Richard Strauss. The album is such a treat from beginning to end." Musical Toronto
''Their way with this heady, passionate music is expansive.....entirely idiomatic. Franck's marking of allegretto ben moderato gives no inkling of the breathless urgency that sweeps one away in a performance of the opening movement as exhilarating as this" The Sunday Times, Album of the week
Virgins, Vixens and Viragos - Susan Graham's outstanding new recital disc receives a rapturous reception
"I can't think of a another singer today who could match Susan Graham in an eclectic programme ranging across three centuries, four languages and a diverse array of idioms....a recital of rare versatility and panache" Gramophone
"Susan Graham is an artist to treasure, a striking mezzo whose powerful silky voice can achieve Janet Baker - like expressiveness, with a gift for French song but also a mile-wide impish streak.
.....All told, a gem." BBC Music Magazine
Anne Schwanewilms recital disc Das Himmlische Leben is described as 'scrumptious' by Gramophone
"Evidence of her artistry is everywhere apparent...Describing her vocal quality is strangely akin to food: 'luscious' comes to mind, as do 'rich' and 'creamy'. Really I find it impossible to listen to this recording without getting hungry" Gramophone
"This is one of the finest lieder records by a soprano I have encountered for a long time" Musical Opinion
"A voice you remember...a wonderful instrument" said BBC Radio 3 CD Review "Beautifully done...a wonderful disc...very good recording"
Chen Reiss Le Rossignol et la Rose
"The tricky, vaulting leaps of the Berg song are negotiated with effortless grace...a soprano whose vocal ease and allure make her an artist to watch" Gramophone
''An unexpected joy...a clever selection of songs...a constant flow of delicious melodies"
The Mail on Sunday
Henk Neven The Sea
"Rarely do you hear, even in the rarefied world of French melodie and German Lieder, a baritone who sings with such subtlety in shading of dynamic and tone as the Dutch baritone Henk Neven... altogether a most memorable song record" Gramophone
Jonathan Biss Beethoven Piano Sonatas Volume 2
"Biss is setting an impressively high standard for the remaining discs in the series"
Joseph Moog Scarlatti Illuminated
"Moog's reading of the K70 [sonata] is one of the most electrifying bits of pianism you'll hear" The Arts Desk
"What this album does, as none before, is give us the chance to hear both baroque and romantic-style Scarlatti, played side-by-side on a concert grand. It’s quite a ride.I have a feeling we’re going to hear much more of Moog...he has an original turn of mind and an impressive technique. Contrary to the usual rules, this album could be a career-making release."
CD of the week, La scena musicale
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James Ehnes, Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Britten & Shostakovich Violin Concertos climbs in the UK Specialist Classical Chart to No.7!
'These inspired performances are subtle and persuasive as well as fiery. James Ehnes plays with a powerful lyricism that makes the complexities melt away. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra excels under Karabits' The Observer
'James Ehnes's mastery is breathtaking in both works...Karabits draws searing clarity, balance and detail from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra ' BBC Music Magazine
Listen to Viktoria Mullova in conversation with Gramophone magazine in a fascinating interview about her relationship with Bach, her new recording of four of his concertos and her future recording plans by clicking on the links below