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Alastair Miles

Alastair Miles

Alastair Miles was born in Harrow and studied flute at the Guildhall School of Music before embarking on his highly successful vocal career. 



Super Audio Collection Vol. 10
Super Audio Collection Vol. 10
Having reached its 10 year milestone Linn's Super Audio Collection series remains as popular as ever 

AKP 564  

Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette
Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette
A tour de force performance brimming with colour from Robin Ticciati and the SRSO. 

CKD 521  

Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ
Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ
Ticciati cements his reputation as an outstanding Berliozian. 

CKD 440  

Alastair Miles - bass

Alastair Miles was born in Harrow and studied flute at the Guildhall School of Music before embarking on his highly successful vocal career.  He has a stylistically wide repertoire, and has made over seventy recordings.

In the UK Alastair Miles appears regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and English National Opera, as well as Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Glyndebourne. His recent roles include Narbal in Les Troyens for Netherlands Opera, Creonte in Medea in Corinto for Bayerische Staatsoper, Zaccaria in Nabucco for Wiener Staatsoper, Pogner in Die Meistersinger for Glyndebourne Festival and Netherlands Opera, Poliferno in Niobe, Regina di Tebe at Covent Garden, Osmin in Die Entführung
aus dem Serail
with the O.A.E. (Labadie), Duke Alfonso in Lucrezia Borgia for E.N.O., Claudio in Agrippina for Opéra de Dijon and Opéra de Lille with Emmanuelle Haim,  Daland in Der fliegende Holländer for Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège and Philip II in Don Carlo for the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

On the concert platform Alastair has appeared with the world's leading orchestras and conductors; highlights include Schumann's Faustszenen with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and with the Munich Radio Orchestra, Handel's Messiah with the New York Philharmonic, Sarastro in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Daniel Harding at the Lucerne Festival and J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Hi-Fi News
4½ Stars
'...the Linn has more dramatic light and shade, and a natural concert hall balance.'
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The Absolute Sound
'Robin Ticciati is among the most promising conductors of his generation, and he leads the sprawling work with dramatic purpose.'
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American Record Guide
'Ticciati...shows here again that he is a young conductor to watch.'
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ConcertoNet.com
'Sa direction puissante et lyrique, engagée mais sans jamais sombrer dans les effets, fait magnifiquement respirer cette musique.'
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PS Audio
'Recorded in crystalline high-res sound from live performances, we are placed in front-stall seats that provide every nuance...'
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L'Avant Scène Opéra
«Ticciati a quelque chose à nous dire.»
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Limelight
4½ Stars
'Robin Ticciati has proven himself heir to Colin Davis with his Berlioz series on Linn and this last instalment is, if anything, even finer.'
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InfoDad
4 Stars
'Ticciati, who has shown himself an excellent interpreter of Berlioz, once again proves adept at managing his forces and exploring the intricacies and the emotional impact of the music.'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'These scenes capture the essence of the love story and its tragic ending, and are all well-rendered in the present recording.'
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
„Unter der Leitung von Robin Ticciati gelingt auch hier eine technisch ausgefeilte und musikalisch tragende Interpretation...Die Gesangssolisten bereichern die Aufnahme.“
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Crescendo
4½ Stars
« De fait, il parvient, grâce à une baguette souple et expressive, à construire des climats si justes que l'oreille vit la tragédie de l'intérieur. Pour chaque épisode, le soin porté aux et dans les pupitres de l'orchestre ainsi que le choix des dynamiques et des couleurs permettent à Ticciati de développer un travail sonore et d'architecture conséquent. Le chœur présente lui aussi de belles caractéristiques : texte intelligible, intonation qui ne fait jamais défaut, homogénéité, couleurs... »
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MusicWeb International
'Robin Ticciati has a genuine feel for the music of Berlioz and there's freshness and vitality in his conducting. This is a distinguished addition to Robin Ticciati's Berlioz series. More please.'
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Classica
'On entend rarement la Grande fête chez Capulet jouée de manière aussi chorégraphique, avec la légèreté et le sens du mouvement propres au ballet.'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'This is a marvellous set, the finest Roméo et Juliette to appear for several years, and worthy, in very different ways, to stand alongside illustrious competition from the likes of Sir Colin Davis and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.'
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'The musical conception and the performance certainly deserve your consideration: there's youthful brio in the introductory Combats - Tumulte, outstanding for me is Swedish mezzo Katija Dragojevic, whose very first utterances shape the bittersweet narrative that she unfolds and bass Alastair Miles bringing all of the command, mingled with deep regret, that should inform the role of Friar Laurence.'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
'Robin Ticciati has proved to be a special Berlioz interpreter, and offers an individual, youthful reading driven by crisp detail and translucent textures and Berlioz's vital rhythmic spring.'
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Classic FM
'What makes this issue competitive is Robin Ticciati...It sounds really well.'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'You've probably guessed by now, this is the one of these three newcomers [compared with Gergiev and Andrew Davis's recordings] that I've enjoyed the most for its freshness and vivacity; the way Berlioz's extraordinary orchestra colours spring to life and the intimacy and detail of the Linn recording.'
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Gramophone
'Ticciati from the first, explosive bars finds tauter drama than either [Gergiev or Davis]...'
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The Observer
4 Stars
'...orchestrally superb...Katija Dragojevic is a gorgeously warm mezzo.'
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The Sunday Times
Album of the Week: '...virtuosic and intense string-playing...'


Gramophone
Top Choice: 'Artistic discretion and emotional truth go hand in hand in this beautifully observed performance, with Berlioz's luminous orchestration and dramatic scheme perceptively articulated by Robin Ticciati and with a chorus and soloists who unerringly get to the music's heart.'
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Klassik
4½ Stars
,,Diese Intimität und Sensibilität setzen die Interpreten der vorliegenden Aufnahme bei hoher Spielkonzentration und einem Gespür für die elegante französische Melodik hervorragend um.''
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Fono Forum
4 Stars
„Seine Affinität zu Berlioz ist in jedem Takt spürbar, und Chor und Orchester des Schwedischen Rundfunks exzellieren in klangschöner Tongebung."
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Classical Music Magazine
5 Stars
Editor's Choice: 'Ticciati directs a vibrant, unsentimental account of this enduring score, and is joined by a near-perfect cast...'
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De Volkskrant
4 Stars
,,Met zijn fijne gevoel voor timing en een zorgvuldig gedoseerde koor- en orkestklank lukt het hem een fraai midden te vinden tussen een meeslepende, theatrale ervaring en een ingetogen oratoriumsfeer.''
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Infodad
'The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra plays this music very well indeed...The four soloists are all very fine.'
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The Telegraph
'As the piece proceeds, he negotiates its pacing, its contours, its shifts of emotional emphasis with an assured, evocative hand...'
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'...sounds so French and oozes with idiomatic Berlioz...'
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AllMusic
4½ Stars
'... good for listeners who crave a bit of lushness...this audiophile recording is worth hearing for its subtlety and beauty.'
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MusicWeb International
'This is a most welcome release which further enhances the credentials of Robin Ticciati, especially in Berlioz.'
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Pizzicato
5 Stars
'...delicate orchestral sound, homogeneous choir singing and a fantastic quartet.'
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The Arts Desk
‘Glorious music, impeccably performed and magnificently recorded.’
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Gramophone
'...full of honeyed tones and an occasional exotic splash.'
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The Observer
4 Stars
'...this new [recording] is beautifully fluid, flexible and transparent...'
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The Times
4 Stars
'Past performances have already established Robin Ticciati as a sterling Berlioz conductor...this latest Linn release, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Radio Choir, wins him another laurel.'
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The Telegraph
5 Stars
'... a first-rate, affecting performance and a timely seasonal release.'
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