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  • Klara Ordeel award
  • ffff Télérama award
  • Le choix de France Musique award
    "The music of J.S. Bach could hardly be better performed and presented than on this Alpha Classics album, making it indispensable listening for devotees of Baroque music."
    MusicWeb International
  • ffff Télérama award
  • ffff Télérama award Le choix de France Musique award
    "With a finely nuanced and well-articulated singing, Véronique Gens is outstanding in Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer."
    Pizzicato
    "At just over an hour in length, this combination of two of Chausson’s finest scores in wholly idiomatic performances is one to savour again and again, the musicians expertly served by the Alpha team, and it makes an ideal starting point from which to start (or resume) exploring the music of this fascinating French master. Gens’ contribution also makes it one of the undoubted vocal highlights of 2019 so far"
    Europadisc
  • Diapason Or award
    "these performances are irresistible, the silvery sounds of the solo instrument delighting the ear, the strings thrilling and warm-toned"
    The Sunday Times
  • Choc Classica award TROPHEES RADIO CLASSIQUE award
  • Presto Classical Editor's Choice award
    ""Passeleth Tapestry," is masterfully scored, fuelled by blistering energy at one extreme, intense beauty at the other...Wilson's artistry comes dramatically to life in powerful, often highly sensitised RSNO performances."
    The Scotsman
    "There are shades of Berg in the lyrical string passages, hints of Bartók in the percussion writing, and even occasional whispers of Ives and (in the Fourth Symphony) Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety, but this Scottish composer emerges as a distinct and original voice in these three works commissioned for Scottish ceremonial occasions and anniversaries: the orchestration in the Fourth Symphony, a musical autobiography of Paisley, is especially arresting."
    Presto Classical
  • Le choix de France Musique award Choc Classica award
  • Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik award ffff Télérama award GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice award Le choix de France Musique award Choc Classica award Diapason Découverte award
    "This is a terrific disc."
    Gramophone
    "Rouvali’s inspired baton triggers unrelenting storms, white-hot or icy blasts of air, breathless expectations... giving the Sibelian fresco a rarely heard sense of urgency and tragic intensity."
    Le Monde
  • Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik award GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice award Le choix de France Musique award JOKER CRESCENDO (plus récent) award Choc Classica award Diapason d'or - Arte award Diamant Opera Magazine award Presto Classical Editor's Choice award Klara Ordeel award
    "It will likely leave a smile on your face for the rest of the day."
    Gramophone
    "'A few ‘Ah’s! That’s all I need!’ sings Devos as La Corilla, the cynical coloratura-queen in Vert-Vert as she simultaneously mocks and indulges her audience’s appetite for flashy vocal fireworks – and whilst this young French soprano certainly entrances and thrills with the wordless roulades of the Valse-tyrolienne from Un mari à la porte and the Doll Song from Hoffmann, she’s no slouch with text either, bringing real pathos to arias from Le roi carotte and Fantasio in particular."
    Presto Classical
  • Le choix de France Musique award
    "L’Achéron’s playing style cements the impression: majestic and amorous of tone, with a soft-edged, ample yet transparenttexturedsound that’s humanised further through little tugs and pushes of metre and hairpin dynamic bulges."
    Gramophone
  • Le choix de France Musique award
    "This production is one of great emotional diversity and beauty and captured in wonderful sound."
    MusicWeb International
    "The violins and oboes of Le Concert Spirituel are breathtakingly virtuoso in the storm from Marais’s Alcyone. This is an excellent chance to enjoy a beguiling sequence of the (relatively) familiar and the (completely) unknown."
    Gramophone
  • Diapason Or award
  • ffff Télérama award GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice award Le choix de France Musique award
    "This is a fine account of Purcell’s King Arthur with a first-class set of soloists, who also make a fine chorus, and idiomatic and technically sound orchestral forces. Lionel Meunier has a clear vision of the work, and evokes a powerful account of Purcell’s masterwork from his talented performers."
    Early Music Review
    "It has been decades since a recording of any of Purcell’s operas as enjoyable as this."
    Gramophone
  • Noël Éternel Maîtrise de Radio France
    Le choix de France Musique award
  • Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik award
    "Emoke Barath is a feisty Doriclea and nowhere more so than in her encounter with Xavier Sabata's Fidalbo in Act II. But it's Gabriella Martellaci's rich contralto as the worldly-wise Delfina that lingers on the ear, and the magnificent music-making from Il Pomo d'Oro."
    BBC Music Magazine
  • Diapason Or award Cle ResMusica award
  • Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik award
    "Lonquich’s hearty serving of late Schubert is one to return to. The German pianist approaches these expansive sonatas with great perceptiveness and feeling."
    BBC Music Magazine
  • Le choix de France Musique award
  • ffff Télérama award
  • PLUCKED' N DANCE Violaine Cochard
    3 fff Télérama award
  • Le choix de France Musique award
  • EARLY IN THE MORNIN' Samuel Blaser
    Coup de Coeur Charles CROS award
    "As leader or cooperative associate on these CDs, Blaser easily lives up to his status as a first class trombone voice."
    JazzWorld.com
  • Requiem pour L. Alain Platel
    Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik award
  • Le choix de France Musique award
  • Le choix de France Musique award Presto Classical Editor's Choice award
    "The playing is exemplary, and the beautifully balanced recording allows every textural and coloristic shift to register…Prégardien sings with wonderful elegance and unforced sincerity of expression, which makes his swerves into Sprechgesang all the more shocking."
    Gramophone
    "I’ve been fascinated by Hans Zender’s expressionist re-imagining of Winterreise (which orchestrates and occasionally fragments Schubert’s original) since seeing Ian Bostridge’s Cabaret-esque performance at the Barbican two years ago; Prégardien plays it far straighter but is every bit as compelling, particularly in more lyrical songs such as Der Lindenbaum and Die Nebensonnen. Look out for my interview with him about the recording next month."
    Presto Classical
  • Diapason Or award
    "It’s very well sung by Prégardien, who balances control and vulnerability persuasively."
    The Guardian
    "He sounds really seductive singing ‘Viens dans ce joli pavillon’ (‘Komm in den kleinen Pavillon’) from La veuve joyeuse. ‘Vous, qui passez’, meanwhile, has bags of charm, the mix of wit and regret deftly caught.” “allows the Lyon Opéra Orchestra under Pierre Bleuse to show off their credentials as an authentic-sounding big-band. Elsewhere, their playing is elegant and refined, with some finely shaped woodwind solos and a beautiful sheen on the strings."
    Gramophone
  • Le choix de France Musique award
    "4* - The album’s finale is good too: it’s Duparc’s orchestral morsel Aux étoiles, evanescent but twinkling..."
    The Times, 21 September 2018
    "Editor's Choice: ...the balance and clarity [Ticciati] achieves throughout is something to marvel at..."
    Presto Classical, 30 September 2018
  • Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik award
  • Cle ResMusica award
    "This is a highly animated, energetic and engaging Brandenburg Concertos release, one of the best in recent memory, and which can stand alongside the best versions out there"
    The Classic Review, 25 September 2018
  • ffff Télérama award Le choix de France Musique award
  • Le choix de France Musique award
    "The surface finish of these performances by the Van Kuijk Quartet is astonishing…The unanimity, tonal blend and intonation are close to flawless, and they play with a fearlessness that can sometimes come across as audacity…"
    Gramophone
  • Le choix de France Musique award Choc Classica award
    "Guillon’s shrewd direction produces a scintillating performance that offers fresh light on Caldara’s qualities."
    Gramophone
    "Benedetta Mazzucato's contralto is plummy and full-bodied as Earthly Love, while the more androgynous tones of countertenor Damien Guillon (also the ensemble's director) suggest more angelic realms. Reinoud van Mechelen's velvety tenor assuages as Christ, and Riccardo Novaro's baritone is suitably resolute for the Pharisee. The recording is intimate and detailed."
    BBC Music Magazine
  • ffff Télérama award Le choix de France Musique award Juno Awards award
    "as usual with Hannigan, there’s some compelling, fascinating singing here"
    Gramophone
    "Hannigan's luminous voice perfectly suits this music. She conveys the uneasy, almost unhinged feel of the fin de siecle not only in her lyric singing, but also in her crooning, swooping, sliding, whispering and weeping."
    BBC Music Magazine