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Dausgaard to Scotland
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has announced that Thomas Dausgaard will be its next chief conductor. He will start at the beginning of the 2016 / 17 season.

ENO New Season full of promise
English National Opera has announced a new season which will include six new productions and five revivals, more than many other major international houses will offer, including Vienna! Not only that, but in a bold move, ticket prices have been dropped, with 500 tickets for each performance priced below £20.

Sir Andrew Davies, Conductor Emeritus
Sir Andrew Davis has been appointed Conductor Emeritus of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He follows great conductors such as Vernon Handley and Sir Charles Mackerras. The aim of the appointment is to recognise the most important musicians of our day, who have had a long-standing association with the Orchestra.

Brian Couzens
Chandos Records are saddened to announce the death of its founder Brian Couzens. He passed away peacefully on the morning of 17th April 2015 following a short illness. He was 82.

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CHAN 10852

Louis Lortie plays Chopin, Vol. 4

Louis Lortie continues his highly successful series devoted to Chopin. The recording perfectly illustrates ...

NM 0202

Bray: The Speed of Stillness – Lucy Schaufer, Alexandra Wood, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Huw Watkins, Oliver Knussen, ...

OD 1238

Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau, Sinfonietta, Op. 23 – Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgårds

The Helsinki ...

ON 4141

Franck / Strauss: Violin Sonatas – James Ehnes (violin), Andrew Armstrong (piano)

The sumptuously romantic early Violin Sonata by ...

CO 6130

Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki: Sacred Works – The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

The third disc in acclaimed series by The Sixteen of Polish ...

NI 6308

Twentieth Century Romantics: Glière, Piazzolla, Bloch, Montag, Bourgeois – Nicholas Bailey (double-bass), Geoffrey Duce ...

CHAN 10849

Suchon: Baladická suita, Op. 9; Metamorfózy; Symfonietta rustica – Estonian National Symphony ...

AV 2302

Enescu, Prokofiev, Shostakovich: Cello Sonatas – Laura Buruiana (cello), Alexandra Silocea (piano)

The pianist Alexandra Silocea joins ...

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CHAN 9902
‘The refinement of the LSO string playing under Hickox is magnificent, and the subtle textures of the scoring are...
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it’s a thoughtful, supple reading marked by a wonderful sense of teamwork, with Richard Hosford’s fluid clarinet subt...
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[Christian Poltéra’s] projection of the solo line in both sonatas is immaculate both in its wide range of tone-colour...
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UK 9055
Jill Gomez’s unforgettable disc of “Cabaret Classics”. Nobody before her has brought quite such seriousness of purpos...
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He is one of the greatest pianists alive today. Across the board , I do not know another pianist who could hold a can...
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