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Liz Leatherdale

Liz Leatherdale, Colchester Classics & Classical Music columnist. Photo by Jayne Lloyd

Welcome to Colchester Classics where Classical Music matters!

Welcome to our website especially if you’ve just popped here after reading columns in the Essex County Standard, Essex Life, Daily Gazette or Colchester 101 or catching up with us at concerts and rehearsals.

Celebrating 11 years as a Classical Music CD service to clever collectors, choirs and at concerts. We’re as passionate about providing the best service as we were when we started in 2006.

Here is an offer to help you hear more music in 2017!

Take 10% off your next CD order – mention this offer when contacting us by ‘phone, email , on social media take the 10% off your total price of CDs/DVDs (not P&P) and we’ll take it from there. This offer is available until 28 February 2017.

And more! Until 12 March we have a new BIS CD offer. These CDs are £14.25* each or buy 2 for £25* We’ve just updated our website with some of your favourite BIS CDs.

As well as all of the above and much more, we also like to offer you some exclusive competitions (see above on the black tab).

We often offer concert CD signings with international visiting musicians including  international violinist Tasmin Little who recently commented “For anyone who likes a personal service in CDs and prefers to speak to an actual person…. a fantastic service and all you need to do is give her a call.” (FREEPHONE 0800 999 6994)

Next month we will be at Noriko Ogawa’s concert in Colchester when she has kindly offered to sign CDs.

Still not sure what we do?

Please email , Freephone (0800 999 6994) or overseas 44(0) 1206 520166, for more info and we’ll take it from there. Please rest assured your details will never be shared without your permission.

By the way, you don’t have to restrict yourself to the CDs featured here, on our social media campaigns or on our printed mailshots. Pick CDs from your own wish list and pick up the telephone to enquire, challenge us with your requests!

Best wishes
Liz Leatherdale
Colchester Classics & Classical Music columnis



ROSSINI: Complete Overtures on 4-CDs

Giachino ROSSINI (1792–1868):  Complete Overtures Prague Sinfonia Orchestra, Christian Benda Naxos 4-CD set 8504048 @ £20* Rossini’s musical wit and zest for comic characterisation have enriched the operatic repertoire immeasurably, and his overtures distil these qualities into works of colourful orchestration, bravura and charm. From his most popular, such as La scala di seta (The […]

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SATIE: Piano Music, Volume 1 with Noriko Ogawa

Noriko Ogawa plays Erik Satie – Piano Music, Vol. 1 Featured on BBC Radio 3, Record Review, Andrew McGregor  said. “Wishy-washy Satie this is not.” THE MUSIC …. Erik Satie (1866-1925): Gnossiennes Nos 1–7; Le Piccadilly (Marche); Chapitres tournés en tous sens; Avant-dernières penseés; Croquis et agaceries d’un gros bonhomme en bois; Sonatine bureaucratique; Poudre […]

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SIBELIUS: Symphonies 1 & 4 – Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä

SIBELIUS: Symphonies 1 & 4 – Minnesota Orchestra and its music director Osmo Vänskä BIS CD 1996 @ £14.25* “…. exceptional: incredibly tense and energetic, yet teeming with detail. The orchestral sound, lithe and sparse, suits Vänskä’s unsentimental approach. Look elsewhere if you want romantic bloom, but I find these crouching-tiger interpretations thrilling.” The Times

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George BUTTERWORTH: Orchestral Works

  George Butterworth (1885-1916):  Orchestral Works Idyll, ‘The Banks of Green Willow’,  *Six Songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’ (orchestrated by Kriss Russman · World première recording of the orchestrated version),  Rhapsody ‘A Shropshire Lad’,  Two English Idylls,  Suite for String Quartette (arranged for string orchestra by Kriss Russman; world première recording of the orchestrated version), […]

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SIBELIUS: Symphonies 2 & 5 – Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä

SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos 2 & 5 Minnesota Orchestra and their Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä. BIS SACD 1986 @ £14.25* “[the Minnesota’s] sound is huge and polished with rich strings, flaring brass and mellow winds, clearly recorded in first-rate SACD surround sound…[the Fifth] is fairly speedy, but well-paced and imaginatively phrased. The first movement’s hollowed-out string […]

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