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  • Symphony No. 7 Orchestre National de Lille
    Le choix de France Musique award
  • Le choix de France Musique award
  • Le choix de France Musique award Diapason Découverte award
  • Le choix de France Musique award
  • Choc Classica award
  • GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice 1 award Diapason Or award Choc Classica award Diapason - Diapason 2020 award
  • Le choix de France Musique award
  • Elu citizen jazz award
  • ffff Télérama award Le choix de France Musique award Le choix de France Musique award
  • 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
    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
  • 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
  • Klara Ordeel award
  • 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
  • Diapason Or award Le choix de France Musique award Choc Classica award Cle ResMusica award Diapason - Diapason 2020 award
    "Gens's performances are as spellbinding as ever. It's hard to think of another singer working today who is more compelling in this repertory, with every word crystal clear and every nuance of the text perfectly inflected."
    The Guardian
    "In the last decade, she has released several albums exploring the French mélodie, repertoire that is the focus of this wonderful new release. It is music that perfectly suits Gens’ sensuous tone and interpretive insight."
    The Classic Review
  • 5 Diapason award
    "I was impressed but the Quartette Vanvitelli’s first Mascitti disc, and this second disc is in every respect its equal. These artists are outstanding performers, who have a good sense for the style of Mascitti’s music and that of the time, in which he worked. Chamber music was expected to be a form of elegant conversation, and that is exactly what this recording offers."
    Musica dei donum
    "I was impressed by the Quartetto Vanvitelli's first Mascitti disc, and this second disc is in every respect its equal. These artists are outstanding performers, who have a good sense for the style of Mascitti's music and that of the time, in which he worked."
    Musica dei donum
  • Diapason Or award JOKER CRESCENDO (plus récent) award
    "Top-class Vivaldi music-making."
    Gramophone
    "Top-class Vivaldi music-making."
    Gramophone
  • GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice 1 award Choc Classica award Diamant Opera Magazine award Klara Ordeel award
    "The playing of Le Banquet Céleste is exceptional throughout."
    Early Music World
    "Le Banquet Céleste communicate the conflicts – musical, ethical, theatrical – of Stradella’s San Giovanni Basttista – with tremendous insight and expressive skill. Stradella’s irrepressible defiance of convention, in art as in life, both surprises and delights. "
    Opera Today
  • Diapason Or award Choc Classica award Le choix de France Musique award Presto Classical Editor's Choice award Choc Classica 2020 award
    "The singer's extraordinary agility and the care she takes over the slightest note makes the page resemble a sanctification of pain"
    Le Monde
    "Barbara Hannigan is a total wonder, but which of this Canadian’s gifts do you worship first? Is it the strength and purity of her soprano voice? Or the manual and technical dexterity that allows her to sing the most complex music while conducting at the same time? Then there is her flair for adventurous programming, which makes unlikely connections between music from different centuries."
    The Times
  • TROPHEES RADIO CLASSIQUE award
    "Album of the Week: Here’s a real gem ... Leleux leads the SCO’s crack wind soloists in a sprightly account of the Gounod and has a delicious way with the Bizet pieces ..."
    The Sunday Times, 23 February 2020
    "5* - François Leleux and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra secure a suitably exuberant and boisterous performance in Bizet and Gounod."
    Mail on Sunday, 5 April 2020
  • Diapason Découverte award Presto Classical Recording of the week award Diapason - Diapason 2020 award
    "The result is a powerful striking new work, a world away from any sort of nationalistic tub-thumping, and a major addition to the symphonic repertoire. (…) The sound is terrific and the recording captures both the excitement of a premiere and the depth and complexity of the writing. [...] You could buy this disc for the outstanding orchestral performances or for the powerful new works, or both; but you should indeed buy it."
    Planet Hugill
    "A superb release with much to offer; the Ninth Symphony is a must-hear."
    MusicWeb International
  • Le choix de France Musique award
  • Diapason Or award
    "Plamena Nikitassova is a sympathetic interpreter well versed in the particular demands of this repertoire and the effective means of enlivening it. Her intonation is impeccable and her ability to sustain our interest in the many subtleties of the music is rewarding."
    BBC Music Magazine
    "This excellent recording by Plamena Nikitassova reveals the enormous talents of this adventurous composer."
    Andrew Benson-Wilson Blog
  • 5 Diapason award Choc Classica award Presto Classical Editor's Choice award
    "Playing with “diabolical” virtuosity and a rich, expressive palette in the aria-like slow movements. Superb."
    The Sunday Times
    "The Concerto in G minor is a first recording, a discovery edited by the musicologist Marguerita Canale, and very appealing it is too. This issue, released to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Tartini’s death in 2020, is a worthy tribute."
    MusicWeb International
  • Klara Ordeel award
    "This is where Christoph Rousset’s new reading is unwaveringly focused, lovingly nurtured over time with its studied control of texture and dissonance, and allowing the exquisitely matched Sandrine PIau and Christopher Lowrey the freedom to inhabit Pergolesi’s quicksilver repository of sensuality and colour."
    Gramophone
    "The big strength of the new recording is French soprano Sandrine Piau. She catches the voluptuous sadness of the slow movements and the hectic intensity of the faster ones, within an overall tone of graceful, chaste beauty. [...] If you want a modern version with a good clean sound and period style, this is among the best"
    The Telegraph
  • Choc Classica award
    "What is startling about this performance, however, is its combination of sheer mastery with a dazzling textural clarity. The Gothenburg orchestra has this music in their DNA, and it’s one of Rouvali’s many strengths that he knows how to bring out the best from his players and the music while knowing when to not get in the way. At the same time, he achieves fabulous transparency through natural means, without any unnecessary spotlighting or knob-twiddling."
    Europadisc
    "The Gothenburg players’ performance, beautifully balanced and characterfully coloured, is powerfully cogen"
    The Sunday Times
  • GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice award Klara Ordeel award
    "The rising chromatic choruses of part two, as the crowd calls for crucifixion, are absolutely electrifying, while the chorales, mostly done quietly and simply, are moments of wistful personal reflection amid the tumult. "
    The Guardian, February 2020
    "From the pounding, grinding opening chorus onwards, this is a completely gripping picture of the Passion story. [...] The rising chromatic choruses of part two, as the crowd calls for crucifixion, are absolutely electrifying, while the chorales, mostly done quietly and simply, are moments of wistful personal reflection amid the tumult. [...] Herreweghe’s choir Collegium Vocale Gent, replenished over the years, is ever fresh and precise."
    The Guardian, February 2020
  • GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice 1 award Diapason Or award Choc Classica award Prix Caecilia award
    "What is remarkable is the uniformly high quality of the performances. Everyone is a virtuoso and a fine musician too. There are no weaknesses. The recorded sound is very fine too. It is unusual to assemble so many people who all maintain such high standards."
    American Record Guide
  • Presto Classical Editor's Choice award
    "Ravishingly good voice throughout, the American mezzo is fully alive to the abandoned Cretan princess’s every shift in mood on these three very different depictions of Arianna, and the players of Arcangelo match her involvement every step of the way; it’s a rare treat to hear Haydn’s setting in full orchestral clothing, the post-coital languor of the opening minutes and the heroine’s mounting anxiety as she witnesses Teseo’s departure coming across especially vividly."
    Presto Classical
    "The playing of Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen is typically high-quality, and often heartbreakingly attendant to the drama. This is a lovely programme, expertly performed and full of touching feeling and imagination."
    Gramophone
  • ffff Télérama award
  • Klara Ordeel award
    "The WDRs (please permit me this foreshortening) offer penetrating, likeable accounts of the two big works here which benefit from Alpha’s warm and spacious recording (…) It wraps up a splendid disc."
    Music Web International
  • Diamant Opera Magazine award Presto Classical Recording of the week award
    "Anybody wanting these two pieces together need not hesitate in investing in these splendid new versions from Lionel Meunier and his team"
    Gramophone
    "While La Descente has already been recorded several times, the Orphée of 1684 is a rarity and a magnificent discovery."
    Records International