Gramophone Editor’s Choice for Rosa, Iain and the Heaths



Rosa’s disc, featuring Italian poems by Martucci, Respighi and Ponchielli, was released in December 2015 on Opus Arte, in conjunction with the Rosenblatt Recital Series. It received glowing reviews from The Guardian, Gramophone and the Times: “as with the whole record, however, it’s a pleasure to hear Italian poems sung by an Italian singer with such directness and unaffected ardour.” (Neil Fisher, The Times)
The 2015/16 season started well for Rosa, with her portrayal as Elvira in ‘I Puritani’ with the Welsh National Opera receiving rave reviews, followed by further first-class reviews for this disc; “a beautiful voice in its youthful prime, an artist on the threshold of an auspicious career”. (Richard Fairman, Gramophone) She will go on to make her US solo debut in San Francisco, before returning to the UK for Susanna ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ at Glyndebourne.
 
After a successful duo of recitals with baritone Roderick Williams in the UK, Iain’s contribution to the disc was praised for his “cool precision through accompaniments that might have been drawn from Debussy’s Préludes.” (Richard Fairman, Gramophone). His next Rosenblatt recital will see him join forces with Ekaterina Siurina and Charles Castronovo at the Wigmore Hall on 16 March 2016. 
The Heath Quartet’s disc was recorded live at Wigmore Hall over the course of the 2013/14 season, and is the first definitive recording of Tippett Quartets in 25 years. Described by the Guardian as “incisive, vibrant performances”, the Sunday Times went on to say that the quartet “manage the perennially tricky idiom with flair.” The Heath Quartet were back in the studio last December to record the first of their two recordings for Harmonia Mundi which features Tchaikovsky’s String Quartets Nos 2 and 5, to be released later this year. Their second offering with the label will be a complete cycle of Bartók’s String Quartets, to be recorded live at Wigmore Hall in May this year. 
Congratulations to all!
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