Hilliard Ensemble – Officium Novum
ECM New Series
The long-awaited third album from one of the most touching and magical sound combinations in music today: Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek with Britain’s premier vocal group, The Hilliard Ensemble. Their first album, Officium, has sold well over one million copies, and it’s still in the UK charts as one of the top 20 best-selling classical albums of the past decade, well after its 1994 release. This latest album went straight to No. 2 in the Classical Charts on its release at the beginning of September.
Michael Collins/Piers Lane – The Virtuoso Clarinet
Indisputably one of the leading clarinettists of his generation, Michael Collins displays a dazzling virtuosity and sensitive musicianship which have made him much sought after. Michael is a Chandos artist and this disc is the first of many planned over the next few years.
“Throughout this CD, which is superbly balanced and recorded, Michael Collins and his partner Piers Lane deliver finely musical and compelling accounts of all the items in the recital… I enjoyed this disc immensely and give it my strongest recommendation.”
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW
Olli Mustonen – Respighi Concerto in modo misolidio
The discovery piece on this disc, the monumental Concerto ‘in the Mixolydian mode’ for piano and orchestra (1925), deserves more widespread introduction into the standard repertoire; its title refers to the work’s majestic main theme that is derived from medieval plainchant. Piano soloist Olli Mustonen has been hailed by The Sunday Times as, “a living dream of pianism, having broken through an expressive barrier that other players do not know exists.”
James Gilchrist – Leighton Earth, Sweet Earth… (laudes terrae) and Britten Winter Words
Tenor James Gilchrist adds to his widely acclaimed series of albums celebrating British song with this programme by Kenneth Leighton and Benjamin Britten. Alongside pianist Anna Tilbrook, Gilchrist excels in a programme that includes the first modern recording of Leighton’s Earth, Sweet Earth… and Britten’s popular and touching song cycle Winter Words.
James Gilchrist – Schubert Schwanengesang
“Gilchrist has that smoothness characteristic of British tenors, but is surprisingly versatile, and his sensitivity to the subtlest nuance is unfailingly elegant.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES