Our Best of Chandos sale includes 16 specially chosen titles, featured below, that are among our favorite Chandos releases of 2020 and 2021. All are on sale now for a limited time.
Note: All Chandos SACDs are Hybrid SACDs, playable on standard CD as well as SACD-compatible players.
(Sale ends at midnight ET, 6/22/21.)
Here in the Bridge Lament is a prime example of the heartfelt precision and beauty of tone that typifies John Wilson’s Sinfonia of London. His way with strings has come a long way from Hollywood – but the lustre is inescapable.
Bavouzet’s keen intelligence and pristine musicianship are evident throughout. In Hummel’s overtly virtuoso Op. 20 Sonata, Bavouzet’s focus is on its extraordinary pathos and startlingly original formal procedures.
Roderick Williams and his accompanist Iain Burnside have accomplished a distinctive Winterreise that stands out from the dozens or hundreds of others on the marketplace. The label's always superb engineering here reaches the level of ideal.
Grainger emerges as far more than pretty, cosy or genteel; more a case of romantic, folksy, dangerous, exultant, tumultuous and, yes, sentimental. Glorious. It’s difficult to imagine any competition for this uniquely cornucopiac edition.
Stuart Skelton has found in his vocalization of the title role a well-judged mixture of obsessive professional (sometimes rough) fisherman and troubled, confused, and persecuted outsider. An exciting, committed, necessary and brilliantly recorded version for our times.
Violinist Andrew Haveron's sheer endurance at the top of the violin's range in the COncerto's slow movement is especially notable. This very fine release should find a place on the shelves of lovers of Korngold and late, late Romanticism.
The Russian soprano’s lovely voice soars above the staff with ease She is perfectly partnered by pianist Alexander Karpeyev, a Medtner specialist who would be the ideal artist to create an album of piano music by the prolific Medtner.
These are dedicated and insightful performances. None of these pieces are well known, yet these gifted artists create the impression of having been playing them for years.
Smyth’s haunting musc is beautifully constructed and highly evocative. The New York City-based Experiential Orchestra and Chorus both perform with luscious tone and poise. James Blachly’s leadership brings the work’s lyricism to the forefront.
At moments on this disc, a seasoned sort of beauty takes hold of our ears, wherein a keyboard’s conjuring casts an airy, aural spell. In the battle of dark and light, Lortie’s own brand of luminescence wins out every time.
Alwyn’s orchestral writing is always characterful, his vocal lines are unfailingly singable. Anna Patalong as Julie nailed her character’s dangerously unhinged brittleness from the start. Benedict Nelson as Jean sings his role with tremendous verve.