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Gianandrea Noseda Conductor of the Year 2016

Gianandrea Noseda was awarded Conductor of the Year at International Opera Awards 2016.

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BBC Music - May 2016 'The performers respond wholeheartedly to the unabashedly operatic religious message.'     

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“An affectionate salvaging of an oeuvre at risk of falling by the wayside. Heaton Smith['s] work, broadly neoclassical, is not without distinction ... his abstract pieces can be striking.” 
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“Based on the music presented on this double CD, [Roy Heaton Smith] is most worthy ...
“Based on the music presented on this double CD, [Roy Heaton Smith] is most worthy of the dedicated work that has been put into the production of this unique retrospective. I found the ‘Pastoral' a magical experience. It quite clearly out-Britten's Britten in its effectiveness, colourful scoring and musical interpretation of the text. The composer has a masterly understanding of string writing. [The String Quartet] is a little masterpiece. I loved Clare Wilkinson's voice in all the vocal works. Based on this present two-CD exploration of his music, any forthcoming performances will be essential listening.” 
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"Fascinating and absorbing ... Skærved has recreated one of Bull's hist ...
"Fascinating and absorbing ... Skærved has recreated one of Bull's historical recitals and presented it ‘as it would have been': mainly works that would not be found in many concert programmes today, but back in the mid-1800s it would have been an amazingly popular and innovative choice. I was impressed by the sound quality of this CD. Every note was clear: the tone of this historical violin is displayed and played to perfection and the piano (where used) is in ideal balance. Enthusiasts of historical violins will be eagerly awaiting succeeding volumes of this most worthy and enjoyable project."
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"Pianist Jan Rautio here plays a fortepiano (tuned to A=430 Hz in unequal temperament) ...
"Pianist Jan Rautio here plays a fortepiano (tuned to A=430 Hz in unequal temperament), with cellist Adi Tal and violinist Jane Gordon using gut strings and lighter, shorter bows. The result is playing of great agility and intimacy which immediately solves some of the balance problems in Mozart’s trios when played on a modern grand, especially in accompanying figures. It’s an impressive achievement, a disc to return to often."
The Observer
"...As with all their previous discs, the playing is accomplished and virtuosic, but w ...
"...As with all their previous discs, the playing is accomplished and virtuosic, but without letting the difficulty ever take centre stage – demanding the three works may be, but each of the three stars still manage to produce ravishing sounds from their instruments."
Early Music Review
"They certainly start by making a strong first impression in the opening movement of the ...
"They certainly start by making a strong first impression in the opening movement of the first trio ... they keep in balance what has been aptly described as the unease of this movement... Overall I’m happy to concur with the Resonus publicity description of these performances as ‘fresh and exciting’ and ‘bring[ing] life and vitality to [the] music ..."
MusicWeb-International.com
"...The Fournier Trio have garnered a number of accolades and it's not difficult t ...
"...The Fournier Trio have garnered a number of accolades and it's not difficult to hear why, for this is playing with a high level of finish to it. Even the scherzos have not a hair out of place. They reveal, above all, the elegance of Mendelssohn's writing ..."
Gramophone magazine
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"It is Richard Pinel's outstanding playing that is the most obvious reason to purchase this CD ... characterised by an ever-taut expressiveness, never too fast, with a grand sense of line and tempo rubato in the Vierne ... Every gesture, every tenuto is so well considered, with a palpable sense of struggle and melancholy in the Vierne in particular. An impressive acheivement."
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" ... there can be no doubt of his technical accomplishment--three demanding pieces, not ...
" ... there can be no doubt of his technical accomplishment--three demanding pieces, not least the five-movement Vierne and the storm section of Roger-Ducasse's Pastorale, where the main theme is played in semiquavers on the pedals. He is also an excellent colourist, especially fond of the softer tones"
Gramophone magazine
"...Richard Pinel's exemplary playing in itself is a benchmark exercise ... when p ...
"...Richard Pinel's exemplary playing in itself is a benchmark exercise ... when panache is required, Pinel can produce it with sizzling effect. This is an instrument with a tonality which demonstrates a sense of le vrai Paris"
Organists Review
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The Telegraph
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"...St Catharine’s ... acquit themselves well in some tricky music in the lustrous wood surroundings of the college’s little chapel..."
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Early Music Today
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The Strad
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"... the performances, which feature very good orchestral playing, are directed by Newland with a sure and idiomatic hand."
Early Music Review
" ... this Dutch-based trio is well schooled, as its name implies, in formal gestur ...
" ... this Dutch-based trio is well schooled, as its name implies, in formal gestures and flair. The players respond keenly to the gestural extroversion of two sonatas by Philipp Erlebach and a teasing, passacaglia-like Capriccio by Johann Jacob Walther"
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