Landmarks: 40 Years of Chandos

Landmarks: 40 Years of Chandos (Chandos 40)

Founded by Brian Couzens in 1979, Chandos quickly established itself among the world’s leading classical labels.  The ‘Chandos Sound’ has become a benchmark for quality, renowned alike among artists and critics around the globe. From its inception, Chandos specialized in recording British music, and in bringing lesser-known (even unknown) music to public attention. Released in July to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the label, this handsomely packaged set comprises 40 complete recordings from Chandos’ extensive catalogue.  Each of the four decades is represented, and each recording has been handpicked by the Managing Director, Ralph Couzens, the son of the founder, because it represents a turning point, or ‘Landmark’, in the development of the label.


CD1 - Bax: Symphony No. 4, Tintagel (1983)

Ulster Orchestra, Bryden Thomson


CD2 - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 (1984)

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariss Jansons


CD3 - Rachmaninoff: Trios élégiaques Nos 1 and 2 (1984)

Borodin Trio


CD4 - Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1, Chamber Symphony (1985)

I Musici de Montréal


CD5 - Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6, Waltz Suite (1985)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi


CD6 - Respighi: Belkis, Metamorphoseon (1985)

The Philharmonia, Geoffrey Simon


CD7 - Hummel: Piano Concertos in A minor, B minor (1987)

Stephen Hough (piano) English Chamber Orchestra, Bryden Thomson


CD8 - Handel: Chandos Anthems Nos 1 – 3 (1989)

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers


CD9 - Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos 1 and 2 (1989)

Lydia Mordkovitch (violin) Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi


CD10 - Walton: Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario (1990)

Christopher Plummer (narrator), Celia Nicklin (oboe), Ian Watson (organ) Academy & Chorus of St Martin in the Fields, Choristers of Westminster Cathedral, Sir Neville Marriner


CD11 - Elgar: Violin Sonata, etc. (1984)

Nigel Kennedy (violin), Peter Pettinger (piano)


CD12 - Black Dyke Mills Band - The Complete Champions (1986)

Black Dyke Mills Band, Major Peter Parkes


CD13 - The King’s Singers - Original Debut Recording (2003)

The King's Singers


CD14 - Grainger: In a Nutshell, etc. (1996)

BBC Philharmonic, Richard Hickox


CD15 - Haydn: Schöpfungsmesse, etc. (1995)

Collegium Musicum 90, Richard Hickox


CD16 - Boulanger: Faust et Hélène, etc. (1999)

BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, Yan Pascal Tortelier


CD17 - Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony, etc. (2001)

London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox


CD18 - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (2008)


CD19 - Aquarelle Guitar Quartet - Spirit of Brazil (2009)

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet


CD20 - Gerald Finley - Great Operatic Arias (2010)


CD21 - Ravel, Debussy, Massenet: Piano Concertos, etc. (2010)

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet


CD22 - Schumann: Three String Quartets, Op. 41 (2011)

Doric String Quartet


CD23 - Ola Gjeilo: Northern Lights (2011)

Phoenix Chorale, Charles Bruffy


CD24 - Brodsky Quartet - Petits-fours: Favourite Encores (2011)


CD25 - Saint-Saëns: Orchestral Works (2011)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi


CD26 - Ben-Haim: Chamber Works (2013)

ARC Ensemble


CD27 - Xiayin Wang: American Piano Concertos (2013)

Xiayin Wang (piano) Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian


CD28 - Tasmin Little - British Works for Violin and Orchestra (2013)

Tasmin Little (violin) BBC Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davis


CD29 - Sibelius: Violin Concerto, etc. (2013)

Jennifer Pike (violin) Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Sir Andrew Davis


CD30 - Central Band of the RAF - British Classics

Cpl Jonathan Hill (trombone) Central Band of the Royal Air Force, Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs


CD31 - Copland: Ballets (2015)

BBC Philharmonic, John Wilson


CD32 - Janacek: Glagolitic Mass, etc. (2015)

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner


CD33 - Albéniz: Piano Concerto No. 1, etc. (2015)

Martin Roscoe (piano) BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena


CD34 - Fauré: Works for Solo Piano (2016)

Louis Lortie (piano)


CD35 - Mozart: Piano Concertos, KV 453 and KV 456, etc. (2016)

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) Manchester Camerata, Gábor Takács-Nagy


CD36 - Reicha: Reicha Rediscovered, Vol. 1 (2017)

Ivan Ilić (piano)


CD37 - Karayev: The Seven Beauties, etc. (2017)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits


CD38 - Bacewicz: Piano Quintets, etc. (2018)

Wojciech Switala (piano) Silesian Quartet; Polish Cello Quartet


CD39 - Scarlatti: Sonatas, Vol. 1 (2017)

Federico Colli (piano)


CD40 - Gipps: Symphonies Nos 2 and 4, etc. (2018)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales Rumon Gamba

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