Best Vocal Recital Nominee
International Classical Music Awards 2014
Gramophone Recording of the Month:
‘One of the striking facets of Ticciati’s conducting and the SCO’s playing in Les nuits d’ été is the clarity and detail that springs from the score...The refined, natural calibration of dynamics and the supple weaving of the orchestral fabric are an absolute joy.’
'No. 1 Classical Album of 2013' The Glasgow Herald
A pupil of Sir Simon Rattle and the great Berliozian Sir Colin Davis, Robin's reputation as one of this generations best conductors was assured when he was announced as the next music director of Glyndebourne, taking over from Vladimir Jurowski in 2014. Named one of the top ten young ‘conductors on the verge of greatness' by Gramophone Magazine, Robin delivers fresh insights and vivid colours into this luminous work. The recording features Kathleen Ferrier prize-winning mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, who has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and won acclaim as Cleopatra, a role she reprises here: ‘...the core of this stunning concert was a shattering, heart-rending performance by Cargill in awesome voice.' (The Herald).
The works of Berlioz have featured prominently in Ticciati's programmes with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since he became their principal conductor in 2009. Ticciati's recording debut, Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, received rave reviews: it was named Critics' Choice 'Sound of 2012' (The Independent), 'Classical CD of the Week' (The Sunday Times), 'Disc of the Week' (BBC Radio 3 'CD Review') and No. 3 in The Sunday Times' Best Classical Albums of 2012 list.
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'Ils nous offrent la plus belle version enregistrée de l'œuvre, tout simplement, en conclusion d'un disque passionnant, qui prouve que, à condition d'être abordé intelligemment, le romantisme n'est pas mort.'more >>Herald Scotland
'...the orchestra brings fresh style and insight...a real ear-opener...The sound engineers at Linn capture every shimmering hue.'more >>The Times
'This is Berlioz up close and personal, and wonderful to behold.'more >>Infodad
'...very impressive indeed.'more >>Opera News
'... she moves between soft-edged delicacy and a glamorous steeliness with ease...'Musica
‘…l’ottima Scottish Chamber, ma certamente colpisce, in questo CD, il ricorso continuo a tinte astello, il rifiuto totale dell’enfasi, del canto spiegato e la ricerca della sobrieta`, dell’eleganza.’more >>Limelight
‘Cargill’s Cleopâtre gives even Dame Janet a run for her money...a real revelation.’more >>Limelight
'I can’t imagine even the best chamber orchestra playing with such luxuriance and control.'more >>AllMusic.com
'Cargill's marquee performance of Les nuits d'été is breathtaking.'more >>American Record Guide
'...penetrating and intimate...'more >>MusicWeb International
‘This is an outstanding disc…there’s a delightful transparency to the orchestra textures at all times.’more >>BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
‘It’s an excellent display of the richness of her voice and the vocal and dynamic range. And the playing while the chamber scale sucks us into the heart of the poetry with the really clean, clear sound the Scottish Chamber Orchestra can produce.’more >>International Record Review
‘Karen Cargill is up against some illustrious mezzo competition on disc, yet her ravishing account of Les nuits d’ete ranks up there with the best of them.’more >>MusicWeb International
‘I was completely entranced…sounds excellent.’more >>The Arts Desk
‘Robin Ticciati achieves exactly the right lightness, the delicacy, in a song cycle which should ideally delight as much as it moves. He’s well matched by mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill…Best of all is L’île inconnue; Cargill’s “Où voulez-vous aller?” is impossible to resist.’more >>The Independent
'...a performance of extraordinary musical delicacy...'more >>Gramophone Magazine
Record of the Month: ‘One of the striking facets of Ticciati's conducting and the SCO's playing is the clarity and detail that spring from the score'more >>Gramophone
CD of the month: ‘One of the striking facets of Ticciati’s conducting and the SCO’s playing is the clarity and detail that spring from the score.’more >>Sinfini Music
'...the technical command and hyper-accurate tuning are bombproof.'more >>Financial Times
'Not since Régine Crespin 50 years ago has this music been so attractively interpreted...'more >>Financial Times
Robin Ticciati’s grasp of the music’s romantic bloom is one of this disc’s attractionsmore >>The Guardian
'...wonderfully controlled and exquisitely shaded...'more >>SA-CD.net
'One does not need to have heard this work before (or to understand French) to appreciate the stopping of the beating heart rhythm to know what this symbolises.'more >>The Times
'...piercing clarity of colour and texture; heightened drama; increased tenderness and intimacy.'more >>The Guardian
'wonderfully controlled and exquisitely shaded'more >>BBC Music Magazine
'...contributes an air of freshness and immediacy which I greatly enjoyed.'more >>The Sunday Times
[Cargil's] Nuits d'ete and Cleopatra suggest a Trojans Dido of stature in the making.more >>AllMusic.com
'...this is one of the best recordings of Les nuits d'été available.'more >>