Release date: 22nd February
Hebrides Ensemble, Delphian Records
Release date: 22nd February
Hebrides Ensemble, Delphian Records
Release Date: July 2018
David Denton, David’s Review Corner
“Certainly in his lifetime the record industry did little to disseminate his music around the world, and that situation has changed little in the present century. So this excellent disc of his chamber music will go a little way to redressing the situation, its generic title of ‘Chamber Music with Harp and Guitar’ a ready guide to its contents. Though he wrote much on a large musical canvas, he was a superb miniaturist, his magical Septet for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet, containing ten Variations each lasting little more than a minute. He was a tonalist, though he used that description while manipulating it to create his individual style and harmonic language. He could also be a composer of outgoing pleasure as we hear in the Carnival finale of the Pastoral Sonata; the effervescent scherzo of the Solway Suite, and the infused happiness of second part of Capriccio and Finale. These performances come from Karolos, a group containing eminent UK chamber musicians, and are highly persuasive. The sound engineering is superb, and I fervently commend the release to those who are looking for friendly modernity”.
Bringing together internationally acclaimed performers, Karolos is committed to seeking out new repertoire, as well as performing works from the canon. The group has embarked upon a series of performances and recordings of the superb chamber music of Stephen Dodgson.
Karolos is keen to promote these works alongside gems of the standard repertoire, and has received highly enthusiastic responses to date for the performances of both, as well as concert invitations for the coming months and years.
Although he was particularly renowned for his music for harpsichord and for guitar, British composer Stephen Dodgson was a versatile craftsman of chamber music. The examples here reveal his intricate but surprising turns of phrase, from the subtle exploration of sonorities in the Septet Variations to the sunlit beauty of the Pastoral Sonata. Dodgson’s mastery of colour and texture is evident in his Solway Suite, while the early Capriccio and Finale treats the listener to a kaleidoscope of whimsical and witty interludes. From Naxos website.
Release Date: February 2018 LINN Records
Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists
Beethoven Chamber Music for Winds
Financial Times, Richard Fairman 4*
It must have been a joy to attend an aristocratic dinner party in the late 18th century, when guests would have been entertained by bubblingly effervescent music from the host’s resident wind band. We may not associate Beethoven with this kind of background music, but he left a few delightful works from his early years. The Sextet and Octet are both congenial and highly skilled (Haydn sent the latter as one of a group of pieces to a patron noting that they showed “Beethoven will in time become one of the greatest musical artists in Europe”). The wind soloists of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra make a lovely job of them and throw in a handful of pleasing miniatures to fill the disc.
The Scotsman, Ken Walton 5*
There is something unquestionably operatic about Beethoven’s Sextet in E flat major for wind instruments. The themes sigh, dance, laugh and bicker like colourful characters on the stage. Some performances miss the point, others simply take it for granted, but this one by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists is a showstopper, where the very stuff of theatre – its tensions and releases, its compelling narrative vitality and emotional nuances – is played out in scintillating musical terms. Take the wit and bounce of the bassoons, the languid teasing of the clarinets, or the poignant knowingness of the horns. All have biting relevance in this delightful opener to a treasure trove of Music for Winds by Beethoven. The ensemble playing throughout is a magical mix of homogeneity and individuality. When the oboes enter for the Octet in E flat, the sound world both brightens and thickens: another delicious and virtuosic musical adventure.
BBC Radio 3, Andrew McGregor
[Here’s] a recording of Beethoven from the wind soloists from the SCO. It’s tempting to head straight to the famous Beethoven octet but that would mean skipping over the E flat sextet and you really mustn’t. Just listen to the character they bring to the middle movements, starting with Peter Whelan on bassoon.
All the wit and character of all the individual players coming through but yet still at the service of the whole ensemble. Something close to a perfect balance of individuality and team spirit. It works just as well in Beethoven’s more celebrated octet. Between them you have clarinettist Maximiliano Martín joining Peter Whelan for the clarinet and bassoon duo making it a considerably entertaining intermezzo than I ever suspected it was before. Recorded in a church acoustic and attractively resonant, you’ll find Beethoven’s Music for Winds on Linn Records, new this week.
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
SCO WINDS – MOZART: DIVERTIMENTI – GRAMOPHONE
26 January 2015
” 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
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”
“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
” 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]”
” 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
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.”
“These performances are absolute winners.”
“..the Scottish Chamber Orchestra excellent soloists..”
“A wonderful disc…”
“It’s a lively listen, guaranteed to brighten up any afternoon and put a smile on your face.”
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.”
Trio for violin, clarinet & piano.
Champs Hill Records: CHRCD006.
‘A great recording, it helps having artists like Roger Vignoles, Christine Brewer and Maximiliano Martin on it’
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
‘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’
‘all delivered with solid technique and silken tone’
Classical Music Magazine
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…’
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’
‘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
Brilliant debut album, includes repertoire by Lutoslawksi, Nielsen, Debussy and Poulenc – produced by Andrew Keener.
Linn Records: CKD 280
‘Luminously languorous, soaringly sensuous.’
‘Martin’s masterful combination of liquid tone and dazzlingly articulate virtuosity are compelling in Debussy’s eloquent Premiere Rapsodie.’
A list of recordings with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is available on their website.