From Vienna: London Conchord Ensemble

Release Date: June 2017

Music by Mozart, Beethoven, Zemlinsky, Berg, Schoenberg and J. Strauss 

“The real gem is the Zemlinsky, a lovely showcase for the plangent cello tone of Thomas Carroll and Maximiliano Martin’s deep, chocolatey clarinet sound…”

“…generously filled set…( of the second disc) thoughtfully devised programme, performed with considerable conviction and style…”

Gramophone Magazine, Richard Bratby

“Of the two lovely CDs on this double Viennese disc, the second stands out as something special. The playing by various combinations of the London Conchord Ensemble is at its most inspired”

“There is radiance and lustre in Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No 1, hotly passionate with a momentum that overrides the encroaching dissonant style; true Brahmsian warmth in Zemlinsky’s D minor Trio for clarinet, (the SCO’s Maximiliano Martin), cello and piano and glowing mystique in the Adagio from Berg’s Chamber Concerto”.

The Scotsman, Ken Walton ****

“…All the performances are good, with some among the best available. Like this account of Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds, the four wind soloists beautifully supported by pianist Julian Milford.

“…clarinettist Maximiliano Martin’s honeyed tones mingling with Rachel Roberts on viola…”

“...Richly recorded and abundantly annotated, this is a superb collection“.

The Arts Desk, Graham Rickson

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From Vienna: London Conchord Ensemble

Mozart: Divertimenti SCO Wind Soloists

SCO WINDS – MOZART: DIVERTIMENTI – GRAMOPHONE

26 January 2015
Gramophone Choice
Richard Wigmore

These performances wonderfully capture the charm of these Mozart chamber works, each instrument oozing a delightfully unforced sense of personality.

Like all the best ensembles in this music, they strike a nice balance between chamber-musical refinement and rustic earthiness. Natural horns lend a welcome abrasiveness to the tuttis; and the instrument’s variegated colours give an added piquancy to the horn tune that sails in out of the blue near the end of the first movement. Clarinets can be dulcet, as in the tenderly phrased Adagio, yet are not afraid to rasp and bite, to specially vivid effect in the sprightly second Minuet… the players balance polish, poetry and sheer bucolic enjoyment. The rare example of a Mozartian polonaise in K252 goes with a jaunty swagger (other performances I’ve heard are rather more decorous), while the lusty contredanse finales exude an impish glee. I fancy Mozart would have smiled in approval.”

‘The SCO Wind Soloists play the rare original scoring for six players – darker in timbre and sparer in texture – with brio.’ The Sunday Times

‘It is playing and music that exudes elegance, sparkles with joy and chuckles with good humour in a well balanced recording.’ BBC Radio 3 CD Review

‘Buy the disc and, and prepare to be charmed, amazed and delighted.’ M&M Music Shop

You’d be hard-put finding better wind ensemble playing.’ The Guardian

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Mozart: Divertimenti SCO Wind Soloists

Brahms and Mozart Clarinet Quintets

Together with the Badke String Quartet, Maximiliano Martin plays two of the most beloved works of the clarinet repertoire. The award label Champs Hill Records takes on this beautiful account of the Brahms and Mozart Clarinet Quintets.

“..with a bright tone and sensitive phasing, this is a most enjoyable performance”

Gramophone Magazine

“So what makes this new recording stand out from the crowd ? First of all, it is another virtuoso clarinettist who makes an unforgettable impression, dispatching the two composers demanding quintets with an easy smoothness, agile articulation and astonishing  attention to detail”

Amati Magazine, David Kettle

  ” Martin is a master stylist “

The Kangnam Hakbo, Charles Ian Chun

  “…ravishing and profound “

The Scotsman, Ken Walton

” And, hand on heart, among all the recorded versions I have known in the past 50 years, none has approached the supreme, wonderfully subtle and heart-stoppingly expressive performances on this outstanding new recording by Martin and the Badke Quartet. It is hypnotically concentrated: it is essential listening. ”

Sunday Herald, Michael Tumelty

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Brahms and Mozart Clarinet Quintets

Brahms Clarinet Sonatas/ Gade Fantasy Pieces

Martin makes his solo debut on the Champs Hill label playing late iconic works by Brahms together with the Fantasy Pieces by Gade. Julian Milford at the piano and produced by Chris Craker. 

” there is enormous depth in Martin’s interpretation….there is a strong sense on this disc that Martin is working with care and precision to live within the means and intentions of the music”

Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

” I have to say that what Martin wonders about Mühlfeld is exactly the same as many of us wonder about him, how does he produce that liquid, endlessly mellifluous tone? …”

The Herald on Sunday, Michael Tumelty

Martin and Milford made a strong case of them [Gade Fantasy Pieces]”

Fanfare Magazine

” Martin and Milford are a great team, playing with superb balance, solid technique and  heartfelt sincerity…”

American Record Review

” The F minor sonata is ripe with liquid, effortless phasing, Martin digging deep into its inner warmth…”

The Scotsman, Ken Walton

Martin elegantly conveys the soul and introspection of Brahms…”

The Kangnam Hakbo, South Korea, Charles Ian Chun

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Brahms Clarinet Sonatas/ Gade Fantasy Pieces

Weber Wind Concertos

The multi-award-winning Scottish Chamber Orchestra returns with Weber Wind Concertos, the sixteenth album in its celebrated series with Linn. This recording gives the internationally-acclaimed principal musicians a chance to dazzle in Weber’s virtuosic and thrilling concertos. Includes the Clarinet Concerto number 1 and the Concertino.

Alexander Janiczek leads the SCO’s section principals – Maximilano Martín (clarinet), Peter Whelan (bassoon) and Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn)

Named one of the Top Classical CDs of 2012

Manchester Evening News

“…dispatched with wit and fire by Martin.”

The Ark Desk

“..pristine and stylish.”

Herald Scotland

“These performances are absolute winners.”

The Observer

“..the Scottish Chamber Orchestra excellent soloists..”

The Times

“A wonderful disc…”

SA-CD.net
John Broggio
5 Stars

“It’s a lively listen, guaranteed to brighten up any afternoon and put a smile on your face.”

ClassicFM

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Weber Wind Concertos

Poulenc complete chamber works

London Conchord Ensemble, includes the Sonata for two clarinets and the Sonata for clarinet and bassoon.

Champs Hill Records: CHRCD028

“The ensemble clicks perfectly, the playing seemingly effortless and a regard for precision never stifling the musicians’ natural feeling for life and breath.”

BBC Music Magazine

” The London Conchord Ensemble manifestly relish what Poulenc has to offer, playing with panache, wit and discreet sensitivity in performances that are a constant joy.”

Gramophone

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Poulenc complete chamber works

St Petersburg

London Conchord Ensemble

Orchid Classics: ORC 100009

CD of the Week” in The Daily Telegraph

“.. The excellent London Conchord Ensemble puts us all in its debt in offering this repertoire. .. They all play with great intelligence and musicianship and are blessed with a natural recorded balance and vivid sound recording. .. Recommended with enthusiasm.”

International Record Review, June 2010

www.conchord.co.uk

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St Petersburg

Vibraciones del Alma

‘Vibraciones del Alma’, the second solo recital album from Spanish clarinettist Maximiliano Martin, is a captivating selection exploring the diversity of European clarinet repertoire. Scott Mitchell piano. Produced by Philip Hoobs.

Linn Records: CKD331

‘Spanish clarinettist Maximiliano Martín demonstrates what “virtuoso” means in this exciting album of works by a variety of composers’

Scotland on Sunday

‘hay que saludar al joven Maximiliano como otro “grande de España” del clarinete’

Opus Musica

‘all delivered with solid technique and silken tone’ 

Classical Music Magazine

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Vibraciones del Alma

Messiaen Quatour pour la fin du Temps

To celebrate the centenary of the innovative composer including his masterpiece,  the Quartet for the End of Times and plus some interesting works. Produced by Philip Hoobs. Hebrides Ensemble.

Linn Records: CKD314

‘…these are superb performances…placing this firmly among the best accounts on disc.

BBC Music Magazine

‘…vivid, beautifully judged performances from the Hebrides Ensemble…’ 

The Guardian

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Messiaen Quatour pour la fin du Temps

Mozart Clarinet Concerto

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Linn Records: CKD273

‘Martin’s playing has the easy virtuosity that only top class musicians can achieve’

Hi-Fi Choice

‘Maximiliano Martin’s performance of the Clarinet Concerto is characterized by a very secure tone, unwavering in even the most difficult passages’ 

Atlanta Audio Society

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Mozart Clarinet Concerto

Fantasia

Brilliant debut album, includes repertoire by Lutoslawksi, Nielsen, Debussy and Poulenc – produced by Andrew Keener.

Linn Records: CKD 280

‘Luminously languorous, soaringly sensuous.’

 Gramophone

‘Martin’s masterful combination of liquid tone and dazzlingly articulate virtuosity are compelling in Debussy’s eloquent Premiere Rapsodie.’

 The Scotman

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Fantasia

A list of recordings with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is available on their website.