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2014 Release Highlights: Records of the Year & Grammy Nomination
8 December 2014

Here is a list of award nominations, end-of-year 'top 10' albums and magazine 'picks' for our releases over the last 12 months.

 

GRAMMY NOMINATION 2015  http://www.grammy.com/nominees

 

Britten to AmericaBRITTEN TO AMERICA

'We need to know this music - this tells us so much about the development of this composer, about where his musical voice comes from ...  the performances are superb and the recording frames them beautifully' BBC Radio 3 CD Review‘

Samuel West narrator | Andrew Kennedy tenor | Jean Rigby mezzo-soprano | Mary Carewe mezzo-soprano | Ex Cathedra / Jeffrey Skidmore conductor | Mervyn Cooke, Lucy walker piano | Matthew Dickinson percussion | Huw Watkins piano | Harry Ogg assistant conductor | Hallé / Sir Mark Elder conductor


THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 BEST ALBUMS OF 2014

 

Millenium Scenes RICHARD CAUSTON: MILLENNIUM SCENES

'Causton is among our most imaginative composers, and these five works, all substantial, often with flaring brilliance, are almost too much to take in. They will repay many listenings' The Sunday Times

Hallé / Nicholas Collon conductor | Birmingham Contemporary Music Group / Gerry Cornelius, Ryan Wigglesworth conductors

 

Orion Over FarneJOHN CASKEN: ORION OVER FARNE

'These splendid performances come in Casken's 65th birthday year and afford a powerful distillation of his musical thought' The Sunday Times

Sophia Jaffé violin | Hallé / Markus Stenz conductor
 

 

 

Charlotte BrayCHARLOTTE BRAY: AT THE SPEED OF STILLNESS

‘A sharp ear and a vigorous imagination. […] the music’s inventiveness and textural control are unmistakeable’ The Sunday Times

Aldeburgh World Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder conductor | Lucy Schaufer mezzo-soprano   Alexandra Wood violin | Birmingham Contemporary Music Group / Oliver Knussen conductor | Huw Watkins piano | Claire Booth soprano |  Andrew Matthews-Owen piano

 

HELEN GRIME: NIGHT SONGS

‘Glittery, incisive, full of leaping lines and incandescent climaxes’  The Sunday Times

Lynsey Marsh clarinet | Hallé Soloists | Hallé Orchestra / Jamie Phillips, Sir Mark Elder conductors

 

 

 

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE EDITOR'S CHOICE

 

GERALD BARRY: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

‘The eccentricity is so carefully controlled by both composer and conductor – I started off completely perplexed but soon found myself laughing out loud’  Martin Cullingford, Gramophone Editor

Barbara Hannigan soprano |  Peter Tantsits tenor | Joshua Bloom baritone | Katalin Károlyi mezzo-soprano | Hilary Summers contralto | Alan Ewing bass l Benjamin Bevan bass   Joshua Hart speaker | Birmingham Contemporary Music Group / Thomas Adès conductor

 

HELEN GRIME: NIGHT SONGS

‘Near Midnight, with its strangely amorphous activity – made audible through the assured orchestral handling – amply evokes the fatalistic poem by DH Lawrence that inspired it. A strong recommendation' Gramophone (Editor's Choice)

Lynsey Marsh clarinet | Hallé Soloists | Hallé Orchestra / Jamie Phillips, Sir Mark Elder conductors
 

 

tavenerJOHN TAVENER: AKHMATOVA REQUIEM

'Tavener’s Akhmatova Requiem is a masterpiece' Gramophone (Editor's Choice - reissue/archive)

Phyllis Bryn-Julson soprano | John Shirley-Quirk bass-baritone | BBC Symphony Orchestra / Gennady Rozhdestvensky conductor | Elise Ross soprano | The Nash Ensemble
 

 

 

OTHER MAGAZINES

 

BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE CRITICS' CHOICE 2014 |  LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE 'RECORD OF THE MONTH' 2014

JUDITH WEIR: THE VANISHING BRIDEGROOM

‘A serious tour de force in technical and dramatic terms … brims with moments where the level of atmospheric storytelling is mesmerising’ BBC Music Magazine

 


 

 

INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW 'OUTSTANDING RECORD'

Richard CaustonRICHARD CAUSTON: MILLENNIUM SCENES

'The first comment to make about this disc is ‘not before time’. Richard Causton has been a significant figure in contemporary British music for almost two decades now and this is the first release devoted entirely to his music. As an overview of his output over some 15 years, it confirms both the singularity and the consistency of his musical vision. An invaluable release’ IRR

Hallé / Nicholas Collon conductor | Birmingham Contemporary Music Group / Gerry Cornelius, Ryan Wigglesworth conductors

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