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  • Le choix de France Musique award
  • CHoc JazzMag award
  • ffff Télérama award
  • ffff Télérama award
  • ffff Télérama award Clef ResMusica award
  • Diapason Or award Choc Classica award
  • Choc Classica award
    "his version could be a happy first choice for any discerning listener "
    Gramophone
  • ffff Télérama award
    "Zaïcik in particular has a light mezzo voice, with a very impressive vocal range. "
    MusicWeb International
    "The playing of Le Consort, under Justin Taylor, is a perfect match both technically and musically, contributing significantly to a release that gives nothing but pleasure."
    Gramophone
  • Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik award Diapason d'or - Arte award
    "(…) an auspicious start to Järvi's Tonhalle Tchaikovsky cycle."
    Gramophone
    "Järvi's clear-sightedness and avoidance of heavy rhetoric proves an ear-tweaking antidote to supercharged classics."
    BBC Music Magazine
  • GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice 1 award ffff Télérama award
    "Nigl's performance is beautifully controlled, suave almost; his soft-grained voice wraps itself easily around Rihm's smoothly contoured vocal lines."
    The Guardian
    "Georg Nigl is almost a omnivorous singer, who sings both Bach, Mozart and completely new written music with equally great enthusiasm."
    Klassisk
  • Diapason Découverte award
    "(…) the performance is excellent. All the predominantly Italian cast sound as though they have been living with the music for years. "
    Gramophone
  • Presto Classical Recording of the week award
    "Giovanni Antonini (…) catches as exhilaratingly as anyone both the spirit and the letter of Haydn's unsullied vision. "
    Gramophone
    "It is his inspiring direction, his multi-faceted conception of a work that runs a gamut from ultimate grandeur to near child-like wonder, that has produced this spellbinding, life-enhancing testament. "
    Early Music Review
  • GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice 1 award Diapason Or award
  • Symphony No. 7 Orchestre National de Lille
    Le choix de France Musique award
    "Alexandre Bloch's refreshingly unfussy approach could help the symphony win new admirers. "
    The Arts Desk
  • GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice 1 award
    "If the two string quintets K515 and K516 – written at almost the same time – embody the two emotional extremes of the mature Mozartian universe, this new recording by the Quatuor Van Kuijk, plus the viola player Adrian La Marca, goes as far as any I've heard to demonstrate that miracle in action. (…) they seem to me to catch this music exactly where it speaks most powerfully: balanced perfectly – poignantly – between laughter and tears. "
    Gramophone
  • Presto Classical Editor's Choice award
    "This chamber scoring does, of course, throw the instrumental and vocal colours into sharper relief, and the playing has real character and a quality of intimate kinship characteristic of small ensembles. (…) This is a release you will want to listen to over and over again for its beauty, but perhaps also for its power to heal."
    Gramophone
    "Voilà donc le plus beau, le plus grand hommage : un CD permettant à Reinbert de Leeuw de convaincre auditeurs et programmateurs que son travail sur un tel chef-d'œuvre est une référence. "
    Le Devoir
  • Le choix de France Musique award
    "Taking the folk-classical connection in the opposite direction, Schubert in Love, is an affectionate throwing-together of styles, instruments and melodies centring on Rosemary Standley. "
    The Guardian
  • Le choix de France Musique award Diapason Découverte award
    "(…) the first overlapping entry of soprano Sandrine Piau and countertenor Carlo Vistoli is exquisite in its poise and stasis. (...) Who would have thought two such worthy recordings of such a rarity would have been made within two months of one another? "
    Gramophone
    "Jommelli's work is dominated by a luminous intimacy that does not rely on spectacular effects, but concentrates on vocal beauty and subtle musical narration. "
    Records International
  • Le choix de France Musique award
    "(…) at their best in the double concerto by Mozart's talented contemporary Carl Stamitz, exchanging flights of virtuosity and elegant lyrical phrases with a sense of joyful partnership."
    BBC Music Magazine
    "Portal and Meyer are a perfectly matched pair, their joint tone immensely pleasing as they frolic among the thirds and sixths."
    Gramophone
  • Choc Classica award
    "The world premiere recording of a rediscovered, emotionally gripping Stabat Mater, a late work by the Bohemian Tůma. "
    Records International
    "The qualities of the performers and the character and quality of the music justify a special recommendation. "
    MusicWeb International
  • Presto Classical Editor's Choice award
    "Throughout, Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico are willing accomplices. (…) this is a wonderful extension of their special connection to the Red Priest's music."
    Gramophone
    "Simone Movio's Incanto XIX on the other hand is an eerie, dream-like distillation of the Baroque concerto ethos. "
    BBC Music Magazine
  • GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice 1 award
    "Seventy minutes with Death for company may look like hard going but such is the expressive depth and profound consoling beauty of the works assembled here, and so committed and responsive the performances, that it compels the attention. Before you know it, it's over, leaving your melancholy soul aglow."
    Gramophone
    "In a melancholy year, I found comfort in ‘Lamento', Café Zimmermann's exquisitely moving presentation of elegiac music for string ensemble by the likes of Biber, Schmelzer and JC Bach. Such programmes are far from uncommon, but this one, with added pangs from the countertenor of Damien Guillon, gives the music an accumulative expressive eloquence that has lodged in my consciousness."
    Gramophone
  • GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice 1 award Diapason Or award Choc Classica award Diapason - Diapason 2020 award
    "Zuljan's eclectic background as a guitarist, oud player and lutenist, combined with musical tastes that range from medieval to jazz, makes him highly responsive to the varied hues of Dowland's palette. "
    BBC Music Magazine
    "This is the first solo album by the Slovenian lutenist Bor Zuljan (born in 1987). Clearly, he is a mature artist both in technical terms and in interpretative skills. (…) The result is a decidedly auspicious debut and I shall certainly look out for future recordings by Zuljan."
    MusicWeb International
  • Diapason Or award
  • Disc of the Month BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE award Le choix de France Musique award
    "(…) a fascinating glimpse into the history of taste. "
    Planet Hugill
    "Véronique Gens is in magnificent voice, singing with an imperious tonal versatility ranging from gloriously free and expansive top notes to chest notes of real power and richness, at times fearsome in their intensity."
    Opera Magazine
  • Elu citizen jazz award
  • ffff Télérama award Le choix de France Musique award Le choix de France Musique award
    "Le chœur, l'orchestre et les solistes Matthew Newlin, Klara Ek, Lawrence Zazzo et Luigi Di Donato suivent la fougue trépidante du chef argentin."
    Le Devoir
  • Presto Classical Editor's Choice award
    "The Orchestra of the Americas ... plays with a zest and spirit that is utterly compelling ... it’s no surprise that they play Spanish music with a very special feeling."
    iTunes
    "There's such a lot to like about this performance, they sound as though they really understand Falla's musical language ... it's a wonderfully detailed, airy recording. An idiomatic, atmospheric performance of Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain as well."
    BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
  • Vienne 1900 Daishin Kashimoto
    Clef ResMusica award Choc Classica award Le choix de France Musique award
    "Mahler also makes a cameo appearance in a tempting and thoughtful album called Vienne 1900"
    The Times
    "“The musical promenade, to which the five great musicians Daishin Kashimoto (violin), Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Paul Meyer (clarinet), Zvi Plesser (violoncello) and pianist Éric Le Sage invite you through the Danube metropolis in 1900, revolves around Viennese master students and their teachers. (…) Two songs by Gustav Mahler, arranged for flute and piano by Ronald Kornfeil, also serve as a special delicacy in this wonderfully pathetic Viennese Modernism, interspersed with yearning shimmering melisms. And these arrangements also breathe a magic and a mood to which one also becomes downright addicted.”"
    RONDOMAGAZIN
  • Diamant Opera Magazine award
    "An ambitious and wellplanned programme, sung by Vistoli with intelligence and sensitivity. "
    Opera Magazine
    "The final aria, “Si dolce è ‘l tormento,” is one of the most memorable items on the recording, tender and plaintive, treated subtly and without affectation."
    Fanfare
  • Supersonic PIZZICATO award
    "I’ve heard few recorded performances of this music (and specifically the sonatas) in which the instrumental sonority seems to inform the interpretations quite so distinctively. Alpha Classics captures the pair in a clear and attractive chamber acoustic. It’s what Altstaedt and Lonquich do with all this sonic potential that fascinates me, and continued to fascinate me as the cycle progressed. The pair are flexible about tempos, with a tendency to accelerate that’s particularly well suited to the theatricality and youthful bravura of the two Op 5 Sonata I found this performance utterly compelling: the mystery and playfulness of the first movement, the mordant Scherzo and the headstrong, joyous sweep of the finale."
    Gramophone
    "Their focus, however, lies not in style but on the extraordinary places the sounds of their instruments take them and the insights those sounds provide into the composer’s highly subjective, some- times moody, always genius romantic per- sona. e results engrave themselves into the listening experience as if they were inseparable from the notes on the page. "
    US strings
  • Le choix de France Musique award Presto Classical Editor's Choice award
    "Hommage à Matisse (also premiered in 2019) is another celebration of a painter who revelled in decorative exuberance, and by restricting his range of colours to clarinet and voice Montalbetti shows just how successful he can be in blending a winning directness of expression with a subtlety that comes from constantly varied inflections of dynamics and tonecolour."
    Gramophone
    "This well-recorded recital will appeal to those whose ears have been well attuned to the most challenging music of our era, and for them, the disc will provide ample rewards."
    Fanfare
  • Klara Ordeel award
    "Helmchen/Manze's stylish, insightful accounts belong to the top rank."
    MusicWeb International
    "This new Beethoven concerto cycle on Alpha looks like it's going to be one of the major events of the Beethoven year. In tandem with Andrew Manze's able leadership of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, here are superb performances that offer sympathetic musicianship leavened by an intelligent awareness of period performance practice–the best of the old and the new."
    ClassicsToday
  • Paradise Lost Julius Drake
    Presto Classical Editor's Choice award
    "Prohaska switches styles and epochs with maximum panache."
    The Guardian
    "a kaleidoscope of disparate moods, styles and messages that hang together remarkably seamlessly "
    Music Web International
  • Opus 111 João Barradas
    CHoc JazzMag award