English recordings

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English recordings

Hello,

If I’m
moving to UK what recording would you advise me to buy? The idea is to get British
recording from British label that are difficult to see abroad specially in
America. I’ve seen John Rutter music, which is not easy found in America (even on
Amazon), the Sixteen albums are cheaper in England than in USA. Are there other
cds that you recommend me?

Thanks.

 

Calígula CISF

RE: English recordings

Not sure if they are available in the US, but I'd recommend the Chandos or Hyperion recordings. In particular the Chandos/Ulster-Orchestra records of obscure British and Irish composers forced me to completely rethink my attitude to Northern-Ireland and its people.

 

DSM

You could also try CD's by La Serenissima ?

I love the Sixteen, good choice!

You could also try CD's by La Serenissima ?

http://laserenissima.co.uk/

If you like contemporary classical music, I am also a big fan of the flute player Ian Clarke, you could try his first album Within...

http://www.ianclarke.net/

You could try this:

BACH: MOTETS Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner (Soli Deo Gloria SDC 716; CD)
http://www.monteverdi.co.uk/

You could also look at the recordings or live performances by the English Chamber Orchestra while you are over...

http://www.englishchamberorchestra.co.uk/

RE: English recordings

Lyrita, Chandos, Hyperion, Dutton all have extensive English catalogues and all are readily available outside the UK. Even if you can't find a particular recording in your country, shipping from places like Presto is relatively inexpensive these days.

RE: English recordings

I'd warmly recommend discs issued by Hyperion and Chandos: labels which combine artistic integrity with an enterprising spirit. Both have had to adjust to the economic climate; neither has sold out to market forces. Jewels in the crown of the record industry, and not just the English record industry.

Do have a look at Hyperion's really excellent website, which, typical for this company, is elegant, contains interesting offers, and makes available free PDFs of all its booklets - in the spirit, I suppose, of enthusiasm, pride and education.

John

RE: English recordings

In addition to Hyperion & Chandos don't overlook Lyrita with their exclusively British composers' recordings. Their full catalogue has now been transferred to CD with some little known composers well worth exploring.

Their top orchestras, conductors and soloists were generally well suited to the music in question with some great performances and with recordings engineered by Decca at Kingsway or Walthamstow, sound is usually superb.

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