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Editor’s Choice for Ragazze Quartet!

‘In reviewing the first volume of Bartók quartets featuring these Dutch-based players I affirmed that ‘the Ragazze Quartet certainly cut the mustard. If Vol. 2 is as good as this, there’ll be cause to celebrate’ (7/19). Happily, I can suggest you raise a glass to this second volume, which is, if anything, even finer than the first.’

Bartók Bound Vol. 2 is Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice of this month 🥳.

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Recording Amsterdam Sinfonietta & Thomas Oliemans

We have just recorded the album “Formidable!

French Chansons with baritone & pianist Thomas Oliemans, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, pianist Bert van den Brink, flugel player Ruben Drenth, and drummer Jens Meijer.

Curious? Listen to this heart melting live TV performance of ‘Que reste-t-il de nos amours’ at Podium Witteman from 2019:
We were live in that studio and our first reaction was: Wow, let’s record a full album of this.

“Formidable!” features works by Charles Trenet, Jacques Brel, Gabriel Fauré, Michel Legrand, and more.❤️🇫🇷

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Brahms-cycle: Digital Box Edition!

Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra have now recorded and released Brahms Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 on Channel Classics. Alongside the release of Brahms’ Third, we release the Digital Box Edition that features the Symphonies & Other Works by Brahms.

“Leaving the best for last, conductor Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra conclude their acclaimed and punctilious cycle of the symphonies by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) with my personal favorite of all four, the Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90. There’s a “cushy”, informal sound to this orchestra and a relaxed yet highly detailed direction by Iván Fischer that befits the lush orchestral writing of Johannes Brahms.”

– Classical Music Sentinel
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Oyster Duo and the ‘Stolen Pearls’

On May 7, 2021 we released the album “Stolen Pearls” by the Oyster Duo.
Nicholas Schwartz, double bass
Anna Fedorova, piano

  • The super innovative and versatile Release Concert video can be watched here. (For free.)
  • Their funny and quirky 2-minute trailer video in which they actually steal pearls and perform music can be enjoyed here. (For free.)
  • ClassicFM has posted their performance video of Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, now watched 50.000 times! Watch and listen here. (For free.)
  • Dutch national newspaper NRC gives the album 5 stars in this wonderful review.

If the videos, performances, music and/or 5-star review have inspired you to hear more.. feel free to purchase a Disc or Download! 🙂
Oyster Duo: Stolen Pearls – ALBUM PAGE:

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The first review is in!

Anna Fedorova: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1, Preludes, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. With Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, under the baton of Modestas Pitrenas.

“The inherent technical difficulties seem to disappear under Federova’s exquisite, yet firm toucher. For completeness sake, I checked with other versions in my library if there were comparable or better readings. I could not find any. (…) DSD 64 quality is heavenly good, with a convincing, not overstretched spatial and discrete ambient soundstage, putting the listener in the best seat in the Hall.”

Adrian Quanjer,
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New Jazz Recording – Out Now!

Out Now! “First Meeting” is a brand new Jazz album on the label Just Listen Records captured by ‘our’ recording engineer Jared Sacks in the highest resolution DSD 256, Stereo & Multichannel.

HARMEN FRAANJE TRIO: Harmen Fraanje – Piano, Clemens van der Feen – Double Bass, Tristan Renfrow – Drums
FEATURING: Fredrik Ljungkvist – Tenor Saxophone and Clarinet.

The album “First Meeting” is now available as Stereo & Multichannel PCM & DSD Downloads here. Make sure to watch the inspiring “Behind The Scenes” video on the album page.

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Orchestral Choice in BBC!

Iván Fischer wins “ORCHESTRAL CHOICE” in BBC Music Magazine for Mahler Symphony No. 7 with his Budapest Festival Orchestra! 👏👏👏

“An exhilarating take by Iván Fischer on Mahler’s Seventh. Iván Fischer contrasts gracious, chamber-textured dances with brilliant fanfares and toppling masses to absolute perfection. Throughout there’s a transparency to the recorded sound, even in the heftiest passages, which is beautifully underlined by natural, state-of-the-art recording.”

🎥Watch ‘THE MAKING OF’ this Mahler 7 recording Documentary by the VPRO Vrije Geluiden with Melchior Huurdeman. Follow Fischer during the recordings and also to important places of his youth.

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The Guardian’s CD of the Week

The Guardian’s CD of the Week is Rachel Podger’s J.S. Bach Cello Suites on baroque violin, with a 5 star review!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“In Podger’s hands, they [Bach’s Cello Suites] sound altogether new, not like a higher-pitched copy of the familiar cello works but like something written for her own instrument.”


Huge congratulations Rachel Podger, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood and Jared Sacks! 🎻❤️💿💐👏