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The Super Audio Collection Volume 9

The Super Audio Collection Volume 9


Comprising our favourite music from the year that saw Robin Ticciati’s Haydn named in The Telegraph’s ‘Best Classical Albums of 2015’ list and Liane Carroll triumph at the British Jazz Awards, this is the ninth volume in Linn’s bestselling collection series.

This eclectic selection has been compiled with the love and attention to detail that you would expect from an award-winning label.

Producer Philip Hobbs has carefully selected these fourteen tracks which demonstrate the extraordinary breadth of the Linn catalogue.

The collection opens with Dunedin Consort performing Bach from the album Magnificat & Christmas Cantata, a recording that received a wealth of five star reviews and accolades.

Stepping into the soloist spotlight are Classic FM favourite Katherine Bryan, Palladian Ensemble alumni Pamela Thorby and Ingrid Fliter, who gives a sparkling performance of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto.

Vocal highlights include soprano Elizabeth Watts’ characterful Mozart - a BBC Music Magazine ‘Recording of the Month’ - and a G&S classic from HMS Pinafore, wittily sung by Andrew Foster-Williams.

Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra give fresh impetus to Haydn’s popular ‘Clock’ Symphony, whilst Scottish Ensemble presents a brand new arrangement of Debussy’s String Quartet in G.

The collection closes with a trio of songs from Linn’s transatlantic jazz roster: Barb Jungr and Laurence Hobgood breathe fresh lift into a modern standard, Liane Carroll’s Seaside, named ‘Best New CD’ at the British Jazz Awards, yields music with a seashore theme, whilst the swinging pairing of Claire Martin and Ray Gelato serve up some of the most sumptuous morsels in the Great American Songbook.

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Dowland: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares

Dowland: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares


John Dowland’s gifts as an exceptional melodist are evident throughout Lachrimae or Seven Tears, an artistic achievement which has cast a remarkable spell on early music.

Summing up the Renaissance preoccupation with melancholy, this extraordinary collection of dance music for viols and lute includes Dowland’s ‘signature’ piece, Semper Dowland semper Dolens.

Dowland reveals a personal world of sublime sadness, grief, anger and melancholy mollified by moments of joy and gladness.

A skilled lutenist, Dowland’s intricately-worked parts demand perfect synchronicity between Phantasm and Elizabeth Kenny, who rise to the technical and tempi challenges of marrying their instruments.

The popularity of Dowland’s music in his own lifetime continued through the centuries with Lawes, Jenkins and Gibbons all paying homage to Dowland’s ‘Tears’.

Although freed from lyric constraints poetic images linger prompting Phantasm’s Laurence Dreyfus to describe this as ‘the most sensuously tuneful hour of music ever written’.

“At the heart of this disc are the seven variants of the utterly memorable Lachrimae theme, played by Phantasm with their expressive warmth and exquisite subtlety.” The Guardian, 10th July 2016 *****

“The performances are elegant, rich-textured and beautifully phrased. Affecting.” Sunday Times, 17th July 2016

“Phantasm’s performances are totally convincing and absorbing. Drawing richly on their depth, intensity and homogeneity of tone, their acuity to the music’s ever-active emotional flux leaves them unafraid to use forceful gestures of articulation and dynamics to make a point.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2016

“Phantasm here offers the same flawless playing that has earned its members consistent, well-deserved accolades. Despite the brooding nature of the music, their sound is luminous and tempos are fluid, highlighting Dowland’s lyricism” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016 *****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2016

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Schumann & Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos

Schumann & Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos


Mendelssohn:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Ingrid Fliter (piano)

The Fair Melusine Overture, Op. 32

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Ingrid Fliter (piano)


Ingrid Fliter is set to thrill her fans with a new recording of piano concertos; eagerly awaited since her acclaimed recording of Chopin 1 & 2, which saw Fliter nominated for a Gramophone Award.

Fliter performs repertoire that is very close to her heart: concertos by two nineteenth century heavyweights, Schumann and Mendelssohn.

Fliter brings the lyrical romanticism of Schumann’s iconic Piano Concerto to life whilst perfectly navigating the shifting colours and technical demands of this brilliant showpiece.

The sparkling passagework and charming melodies which characterise Mendelssohn’s innovative G minor concerto demonstrate Fliter’s innate skill and pianistic instinct.

Following Fliter’s live performance of the Mendelssohn concerto one critic wrote: ‘In the beautiful second movement, time stood still.’

With both composers giving equal focus to soloist and orchestra, the musicality of the SCO’s award-winning musicians shines through as they partner Fliter perfectly.

This also marks the recording debut of Antonio Méndez, who is fast becoming one of the most exciting conductors of his generation following engagements with a host of international orchestras.

“there's still room for something fresh to be said with this evergreen music … in both the Mendelssohn and Schumann, Fliter plays with tautness and energy, fitting hand-in-glove with the smaller chamber-orchestra forces of the SCO and drier recorded sound. Heartfelt and intelligent, this is life-enhancing music, and as a bonus there's The Fair Melusina Overture.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2016

“The Mendelssohn concerto suits Fliter particularly well, and she’s alive to the impetuosity of the outer movements, as well as to the work’s more poetic elements…[her] command of the drama is second to none…[in the Schumann] the sense of an intimacy of chamber music-making is everywhere apparent…recommendable particularly for the Mendelssohn, and wonderfully warmly recorded” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

“What really works for me is the Mendelssohn G minor concerto with Fliter exchanging the prettiness of some performances for a more dynamic interpretation, and glittering fingerwork that attracts some equally sparkling Reponses from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Antonio Mendez… wonderfully lithe, muscular performances.” CD Review, 7th May 2016

“a beautiful fit with the expressive world of pianist Ingrid Fliter. Several factors combine to make this an unusually satisfying Romantic piano concerto offering, but among them is the high-contrast approach of Fliter herself, really capturing the listener's attention… a standout recording.” All Music Guide, 24th April 2016

“Fliter is also in her element. Hers is a reading of firm, exhilarating impulse, at the same time taking its cue from the lyrical heart of the music and glowing with the limpid touch, golden timbre and subtle nuances that are hallmarks of her playing…. [on Mendelssohn] Fliter has the measure of the work.” Daily Telegraph, 7th May 2016

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Mozart: Gran Partita

Mozart: Gran Partita


Haydn:

Notturno, Hob.II:27

Mozart:

Serenade No. 10 in B flat major, K361 'Gran Partita'


Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble, Trevor Pinnock

For over four decades Pinnock’s name has been virtually synonymous with the early-music movement and, with a critically acclaimed Deutsche Grammophon discography of almost all the composer’s orchestral works, Mozart.

He inspires fantastically insightful performances of two favourites by two Classical masters performed here on modern instruments with the very best of the next generation of wind players: the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble.

The ‘Gran Partita’ is Mozart’s largest and arguably his most innovative instrumental work; it demonstrates the sensitivity of the colours of wind instruments in a score of unsurpassed variety.

The driving principles are sonority, colour, texture, concertante effects, the juxtaposition of contrasting styles, and the mutability of musical ideas.

Pinnock brings his wealth of experience to his first recording of the composer’s great wind masterpiece.

The nocturnes of Mozart’s mentor Haydn magnificently blend the timbres of strings and woodwind with unerring dramatic instinct.

The work has all the scintillating argumentativeness and wit that one might expect of mature Haydn, whilst the central Adagio is sublime.

“Trevor Pinnock knows a thing or two about Mozart and imparts to his youthful charges from the Royal Academy of Music all his enthusiasm for the Salzburger’s greatest serenade. There’s no other way to attempt this music that with a sense of playfulness and, in the two slow movements, deep inwardness, and on the whole these soloists match Mozart’s expectations and provide a compelling performance” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

“Chamber music for winds doesn’t get better than the mighty Gran Partita – 50 minutes of Mozart at his most sublimely tuneful and blithe. And from their glowing first chord to the extravagantly mellow colours of the variations to the deft fizz of the finale, this is seriously impressive playing from students of the Royal Academy of Music under Trevor Pinnock.” The Guardian, 6th May 2016

“Pinnock and his team give a highly accomplished and enjoyable performance...This is a delectable disc; especially recommended for listening on a warm summer’s evening with a glass of some suitably chilled liquid at your elbow.” MusicWeb International, July 2016

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JS Bach: Violin Concertos

JS Bach: Violin Concertos


Bach, J S:

Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Strings BWV1060R

Alfredo Bernardini (oboe)

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042

Cantata BWV21 'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis': Sinfonia

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

with Huw Daniel (violin)


Cecilia Bernardini (violin)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt

Dunedin Consort’s formidable reputation for performing Bach is set to scale new heights with this highly anticipated recording.

Dutch-Italian violinist Cecilia Bernardini takes a break from leader duties as she steps into the spotlight to deliver a virtuoso performance under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt OBE.

Opening the program is the colourful and joyful concerto for violin and oboe (Alfredo Bernardini oboe) with its supremely lyrical central movement.

Two of Bach’s solo violin concertos, each overflowing with inventive detail, and the Sinfonia with solo oboe that opens Cantata 21, follow.

The program culminates in one of Bach’s greatest masterpieces - the Double Concerto for two violins (Huw Daniel violin), with its famous and sublime slow movement.

Although Bach was most famous as an organist and keyboard player, he was also a fine violinist; his idiomatic writing and characteristic flair is evident in the many dazzling moments he creates.

“Bernardini takes nothing for granted in this recital of Bach concerts with the Dunedin Consort. Her bowing is both fluid and crisply detailed.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2016

“This recording has elegance at its heart with Bernardini showing a nice feel for the dynamic contrasts and varied repetitions in the A minor and E major concertos. Two of the highlights are when she is joined by her father, the baroque oboist Alfredo Bernardini, for the C minor Concerto for violin and oboe, and as an extra treat the Sinfonia from Bach’s Cantata No. 21.” CD Review, 19/03/2016

“The disc opens with the concerto for violin and oboe, in which [Bernardini] is joined by her father Alfredo, whose singing tone and insightful ornamentation is a perfect match for his daughter’s. Butt provides lively, pointed accompaniment” Classical Music, August 2016 *****

“neat, stylish and uncomplicated performances in a recording of beautifully judged clarity and resonance…the soloists are good, headed by the Dunedins' leader Cecilia Bernardini, who shows that these familiar pieces still have plenty to say if you just play them with the right balance of technique, tone and musicality…[the Dunedins] show here that a light interpretative touch does not have to be a casual one.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2016

“There are so many things to marvel at: her husky, shapely tone, her earthy way with rhythm, how she tugs playfully the top of phrases, her ability to dart in and out of ensemble textures and make the whole thing so joyously convivial...Butt conducts with all the exuberance and swing and fine lines we’ve come to expect from the Dunedins.” The Guardian, 10th March 2016 ****

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Trevor Pinnock - Journey

Trevor Pinnock - Journey

Two Hundred Years of Harpsichord


Bach, J S:

French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV817

Bull, J:

The King's Hunt

Byrd:

The Carman's Whistle

Cabezón, A:

Diferencias sobre el Cantodel Caballero

Frescobaldi:

Toccata nona

Balletto Primo - Corrente del Balletto

Balletto Seconda - Corrente del Balletto

Handel:

Keyboard Suite, HWV 435 (Chaconne) in G major

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K490 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K491 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K492 in D major

Sweelinck:

Mein junges Leben hat ein End - variations

Tallis:

O ye tender babes of England


Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord)

This unique harpsichord recital by Trevor Pinnock charts two incredible musical journeys four hundred years apart.

Inspired by the travels of Antonio Cabezón, the sixteenth century organist and composer, Pinnock’s programme weaves a path not only through Cabezón’s life but also through his own enviable career.

In celebration of his seventieth birthday, Pinnock has chosen a personal selection of works that evoke vivid memories from different stages of his life.

Success in their respective careers led both Pinnock and Cabezón to travel widely; Cabezón’s journeys through Europe resulted in meetings with several of the composers included in this program.

Pinnock performs repertoire spanning two hundred years (encompassing works by Tallis, Byrd, Bull, Sweelinck, Bach, Frescobaldi, Handel and Scarlatti) on his favourite home instrument, a harpsichord made in 1982 after a model by the mid eighteenth century French builder, Henri Hemsch.

Pinnock’s own journey has seen him recognized as one of the finest players of his generation, receiving many prizes and international recognition along the way whilst amassing an exceptional discography; his truly is an epic journey.

“a quirky and intensely personal collection...At the recital’s heart is a wonderfully wistful account of Sweelinck’s deeply touching variations on Mein junges Leben hat ein End, as if Pinnock is bidding farewell to his creative performing life – but let’s hope there is more to come from this supremely musical player.” The Guardian, 13th February 2016 ****

“The multichannel recording gives Pinnock great clarity and close-up presence” All Music Guide, February 2016 ****

“Inspired by the journey of the Spanish composer Antonio de Cabezón around Europe, Trevor Pinnock has assembled a quirky and intensely personal collection spanning two centuries of music and revisiting his career…at the recital’s heart is a wonderfully wistful account of Sweelinck’s deeply touching variations on Mein junges Leben hat ein End, as if Pinnock is bidding farewell to his creative performing life – but let’s hope there is more to come from this supremely musical player” The Observer, 14th February 2016

“[Pinnock's] is the fast-fingered but also beautifully controlled touch of a true harpsichordist, producing a rich sprung tone, exquisitely turned ornaments that seem to be both nimble and unhurried at the same time…it remains a warming pleasure to listen to music hand-picked and performed by one of the finest harpsichordists of our time” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

“Pinnock's programme is rich in expressive contrasts.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2016

BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice - April 2016

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Ysaÿe: Six Sonatas for solo violin Op. 27

Ysaÿe: Six Sonatas for solo violin Op. 27


Frederieke Saeijs (violin)

Frederieke Saeijs’ Linn debut sees the Dutch violinist realize a lifelong ambition to put her personal stamp on Ysaÿe’s homage to her chosen instrument and its celebrated virtuosos.

With inspiration drawn from the great violin masters, Ysaÿe’s Op. 27 has in turn inspired many violinists to transcend technical boundaries and claim their own position among the greats.

In a career-defining recording Saeijs delivers a wholly immersive performance full of colour and flair.

Overflowing with poetry and imagination Ysaÿe’s sonatas balance thrilling pyrotechnics with lyrical expression, emotional challenges with ferocious technique.

Utilising a broad palette of tones and dynamics Saeijs’ powerful emotional narrative captures the distinct characterisation of each dedicatee: Joseph Szigeti, Jacques Thibaud, Georges Enesco, Fritz Kreisler, Mathieu Crickboom and Manuel Quiroga.

Saeijs performs on her beloved Guarneri violin, which is named after Queen Elisabeth of Belgium ‘Ex Reine Elisabeth’, who herself played the violin and was taught by Ysaÿe.

“Saeijs's is a memorable interpretation. She smoothly negotiates the works' fiendish challenges without once compromising her lustrous tone. At the same time she is faithful to the spirit of Bach, which never lurks far from the music's surface…what serves Saeijs best, though, is her breadth of imagination - a prerequisite given that each of these sonatas is dedicated to a different violinist…[this recording] stands out for its subtlety” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

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JS Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata 63

JS Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata 63

Reconstruction of Bach's first Christmas Vespers in Leipzig


Bach, J S:

Magnificat in E flat major, BWV243a

Chorale Prelude BWV600 'Gott, durch deine Guete'

Cantata BWV63 'Christen, aetzet diesen Tag'

Gabrieli, G:

Hodie Christus natus est a 10


Julia Doyle (soprano), Joanne Lunn (soprano), Clare Wilkinson (alto), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt

This is the premiere recording of J.S. Bach's Magnificat heard for the first time within its original liturgical context, alongside the beautiful Christmas Cantata. The first 1000 copies of the disc will also include a free bonus disc of highlights from the Consort’s Gramophone Award-winning seasonal favourite ‘Handel: Messiah’.

Dunedin Consort recreates Bach's first Christmas at Leipzig (Vespers in the Nikolaikirche, 25 December 1723); the recording opens with a Gabrieli motet and includes organ preludes and a seasonal congregational chorale.

Director John Butt has given listeners an interpretation that will provide a refreshing outlook on this masterpiece and will show the Magnificat in a completely new light.This recording marks the return of Dunedin Consort's star-studded cast including, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Joanne Lunn and Clare Wilkinson plus newcomer Julia Doyle.

About the Artist:

Butt's liturguical reconstruction of Bach's John Passion was named a Critics Choice by BBC Radio 3 CD Review and Gramophone, as well as being named Recording of the Month by three separate publications.

The Dunedin Consort has established a reputation as one of the finest period performance choirs around, under the direction of prize-winning historical performance specialist John Butt OBE.The multi-award-winning Dunedin Consort has won praise for the natural style of its soloists and renown for the virtuosity of its singers.

In addition to a GRAMMY nomination, Dunedin Consort has won two Gramophone Awards: the 2007 Baroque Vocal Award for Handel: Messiah and the 2014 Choral Award for Mozart: Requiem .Further accolades include: Esther was voted one of the Top 10 Classical Albums of 2012 by The Times, 2011 saw them included in Gramophone's Twenty Greatest Choirs list and its recording of Bach's Matthew Passion was named Building A Library: First Choice by BBC Radio 3 CD Review , whilst Six Brandenburg Concertos was named Gramophone Choice and awarded five stars by both BBC Music and The Guardian.

“There are interesting textual changes, the playing and singing are terrific, and Butt creates a very convincing congregational hymn with organ flourishes. But the highlight of the disc is the Christmas Cantata 63, brilliantly done with such expressive exuberance that it should have had (but certainly did not) the Leipzigers dancing in the aisles with joy at the arrival of their new Kapellmeister.” The Guardian, 11th October 2015 *****

“This is yet another astonishing triumph by Professor John Butt and his Dunedin Consort. Scholarly originality is the clincher: a reconstruction of Bach’s first Christmas Vespers in Leipzig with the wonderful Magnificat as central focus...The musicianship is exquisite; the emotional impact is immediate.” The Scotsman, 17th October 2015

“Another bull’s-eye hit from John Butt’s Dunedin Consort… interesting textual changes, the playing and singing are terrific, and Butt creates a very convincing congregational hymn with organ flourishes… the highlight of the disc is the Christmas Cantata 63, brilliantly done with such expressive exuberance.” The Observer, 11th October 2015

“It’s an absolute joy.” CD Review, 24th October 2015

“a very good example of John Butt’s marriage between arresting scholarship, enormous musicality – the tempi are so naturally right – and pragmatic skills: conceiving and bringing such a complex production to fruition is a huge task, and the whole disc is so coherently musical from the word go. Give it to all your friends for Christmas: this is contextual Bach at its very best.” Early Music Magazine

“This is one of the most enjoyable and stimulating Bach discs to have come my way since … well, since John Butt’s account of the Johannes-Passion. The performance standards are uniformly excellent and the music is life-enhancing… I’m in no doubt that I shall be listening to this superb disc at some stage on Christmas morning.” MusicWeb International

“With just 10 voices and an orchestra not quite double that in number (four of them trumpets) the scene is set for music-making that’s lucid and festive, captured in sound that’s both intimate and full. A spirited Christmas celebration with a difference.” Irish Times

“It’s an absolute joy – far too good to keep for Christmas.” CD Review, 24th October 2015

“Another intriguing and excellently performed project from Butt and his Dunedin Consort...As usual the forces are small-scale, save for two lusty congregational hymns (adorned with enjoyably headstrong organ improvisations). The Magnificat itself is exciting, fresh and faultlessly paced.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2015

GGramophone Awards 2016

Finalist - Baroque Vocal

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2015

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice

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Katherine Bryan: Silver Bow

Katherine Bryan: Silver Bow


Drdla:

Serenade

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Kreisler:

Liebesleid

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Paganini:

Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 24 in A minor

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Romance in D flat major, Op. 37

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Shostakovich:

Romance (from The Gadfly)

adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan

Vaughan Williams:

The Lark Ascending


All tracks adapted for flute by Katherine Bryan.

Silver Bow sees flautist Katherine Bryan present a fresh view on some much-loved works, together with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Jac van Steen. All the works, originally written for violin, feature captivating melodies that Katherine believes were crying out to be explored from the perspective of a different instrument.

The recording opens with Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending; this favourite from the classical repertoire is a perfect fit for flute, an instrument often used to depict birdsong. There are dazzling showpieces from Saint-Saëns and Sarasate plus Paganini's 24th Caprice which features flutter tongueing (Variation 5), and pop tongueing (Variation 7).

Katherine's beautiful tone is showcased on works such as Kreisler's Liebesleid and Massenet's Meditation from Thaïs. All the solo violin parts have been transcribed and adapted for flute by Katherine herself. Katherine will launch Silver Bow with a concert in London at the Royal Overseas League on 28th September.

Katherine is a rising star having appearing as a concerto soloist with leading orchestras worldwide. Katherine balances her solo career with her role as Principal Flautist with the RSNO, a position she has held since the age of 21. She has given live broadcasts on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and BBC television.

Katherine was a prize-winner at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London, the Young Concert Artists Competition in New York and was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year for three consecutive competitions. Katherine s debut was nominated for an International Classical Music Award and her latest recording was named a Gramophone Choice.

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Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 31, 70 & 101

Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 31, 70 & 101


Haydn:

Symphony No. 31 in D major ‘Horn Signal'

Symphony No. 70 in D major

Symphony No. 101 in D major 'The Clock'


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

This recording is the first of two which sees Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra present an overview of Haydn's symphonic repertoire.Ticciati's approach takes the best elements of authenticity present in period performances, but with the dynamic range, space, colour and life that modern performance practice brings.

Ticciati beautifully highlights the lines,clarity and shape of the music,a skill he brought to bear in his Schumann symphonies recording which garnered several five star reviews and accolades upon release.Always popular with symphony orchestras Haydn has occasionally been treated a little too tidily , but these performances are alive and excitingly fresh.

From Haydn's early period the Baroque influenced Horn Signal has an almost Gothic tinged feel with highly contrapuntal elements.Comparatively, the first of Haydn's famous London Symphonies, The Clock , has its focus firmly on the future.Due for release in 2016, the second recording in the series will include three further London symphonies from Haydn's late period.

Robin Ticciati's recordings have received many accolades: Critics Choice Sound of 2012 (The Independent),Classical CD of the Week (Sunday Times), Disc of the Week (BBC Radio 3 CD Review ), two Top 10 entries in The Sunday Times Best Classical Albums list (2012 & 2014) and Recording of the Month (Gramophone).Robin Ticciati is in his fifth season as Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He began his tenure as Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera in May 2014.

Gramophone named Robin one of the top ten young conductors on the verge of greatness and one of 'Tomorrow's Icons'.Scottish Chamber Orchestra celebrated it fortieth anniversary year in 2014; this is its twenty third recording with Linn.

“Ticciati’s decision to programme three symphonies in D major from different stages of Haydn’s career is a clever and attractive one. Of his 104 numbered works in the genre, there is scarcely a dud, but these are all gems...The SCO revel in the brio, dash and pathos of this life enhancing music.” Sunday Times, 23rd August 2015

“absolute perfection.” Pizzicato

“They have a lovely feel for that early, more baroque kind of Haydn. They actually give us what is effectively a three symphony overview… with plenty of punch character and colour. I gather this is volume one – they are going to be releasing three more of the symphonies next year, and on the strength of this first one I’ll definitely be listening.” CD Review, 12th September 2015

“To compare Haydn's D major moods at the early, middle and late stages of his career, this is a valuable collection, finely recorded and beautifully packaged.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2015

“[Ticciati is] a deeply thoughtful musician who takes time to ponder exactly what he wants from every bar. This quality is very much evident in a new disc of three Haydn symphonies with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra...Although a modern-instrument ensemble, the players apply aspects of period performance practice, not least in the strings, where vibrato is kept to a minimum and used as an expressive device rather than a default position.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 18th September 2015

“The performances, though on modern instruments, pay attention to matters of period style - every repeat observed, careful balance between parts…the SCO is everywhere on wonderfully characterful form; its close rapport with the conductor produces music-making [that is] appealingly fresh.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015

“The sprucely animated, vibrantly characterised performances of the Symphony No 31 (The Hornsignal) from the 1760s, No 70 from 1779 and No 101 of 1794 (The Clock) show that there is so much to think about in interpreting a score by Haydn. Fascinating, buoyant, lucid and humane, they prove that Ticciati has got the Scottish Chamber Orchestra just where he wants it.” The Telegraph, 26th October 2015 *****

“This generous, well-recorded disc simply fizzles. Wind solos are full of character, string playing is delightfully pointed and the whole enterprise is infused with joy and light. Worth investing in even if you already own other versions of these works.” Classical Music, December 2015 *****

Presto Disc of the Week

18th September 2015

Presto Discs of 2015

Finalist

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