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ideal introduction to the charms of Pierné's music...

“… ideal introduction to the charms of Pierné’s music…”

On BBC Radio 3 week beginning 20 October, there are a series of works by French composer Gabriel Pierné. He succeeded César Franck as organist of St.Clotilde in Paris, and conducted the premiere of Stravinsky’s ballet “The Firebird” in Paris in 1910. His music is filled with the ambience of fin-de-siècle Paris. Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet joins the […]


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3-CD set of Sibelius Symphonies for £20

“…. John Storgårds is an exemplary Sibelius conductor.”

On 20 October 20414, BBC Radio 3 launched of a two-week survey of Sibelius’s Symphonies performed by the BBC Philharmonic with conductor John Storgards, as part of Afternoon on 3’s Nordic and Baltic season. All of the Symphonies heard performed by the above artists are available on 3-CDs for £20* (usually *£24.50) “It may sound like […]


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Brahms: The Symphonies with Riccardo Chailly on Decca

“… magnificent playing, alert and sumptuously rich in sound.”

GRAMOPHONE AWARDS 2014 – Recording of the Year BRAHMS The Symphonies. Gewandhausorchester  under Riccardo Chailly. Decca 3cds “… dynamic and dramatic readings, faithful to Brahms’s intentions. Powerfully conceived, they are rhythmically alert, without an ounce of undue sentiment and never for an instant losing sight of the scores’ rock-solid architecture. The Gewandhaus players reward him […]


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J S Bach The Art of Fugue

“I won’t mince words. This Art of Fugue is marvellous.”

No. 2 in The Official Classical CD Chart – The UK’s Top 20 Specialist Classical releases. Week ending 3 January 2015 ” I won’t mince words. This Art of Fugue is marvellous. The variety and beauty of tone alone make compelling listening, bringing contrasts, clarity and warmth to Bach’s intellectual marvels.”  5* from The Times for Angela Hewitt’s […]


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“… this cycle looks set to become a benchmark.”

  Brahms’s solo piano music, Volume 3 Barry Douglas returns for the highly anticipated third volume in his series devoted to Brahms’s solo piano music, the first two volumes having been met with widespread critical acclaim. Of Vol. 2, InternationalRecord Review wrote, “this is indeed Brahms playing of the utmost integrity and authority… this cycle […]


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