The “Daphnis for a generation”
Our latest recording, Ravel Daphnis & Chloé (released November 2023) has shot to No.1 in the Classical Charts and received first-class and numerous five-star reviews in the press:
On its release it was featured as BBC Radio 3‘s Record of the Week, described as “a seriously potent package” by Andrew McGregor, who noted the orchestra’s “powerful, cinematic sound … the sheer virtuosity of the playing … there’s a balletic, propulsive energy to everything.” He also singles out our new choir, the Sinfonia of London Chorus in their debut recording: “I’ve never heard the choral introduction to part two sung with such projection, focus and discipline”.
The Guardian in its ★★★★★ review picks up on our “outstanding” choir and the “astonishing detail” of the orchestra: “Generations will thank John Wilson for this glorious recording. Ravel’s ballet is infused with Hollywood golden age lushness by the conductor’s outstanding hand-picked supergroup … Playing so tight it seems the whole thing might burst.”
“A triumph for all concerned.” HR Audio ★★★★★
“The delicacy and detail of this performance put it in the top class, and the Sinfonia of London can stand comparison with the top international orchestras. Wilson’s series of recordings for Chandos has hit a new high.” Financial Times ★★★★★
“Wilson truly does have ‘rows and rows of the finest virtuosos’ at his command … his willingness to play the long game and unleash the Sinfonia of London’s trademark swooning string sound only at the very last minute really pays off … A word too for the superb (wordless!) contribution of the Sinfonia of London Chorus in their recording-debut. Yet another feather in Wilson and Sinfonia of London’s now lavishly-accessorised cap.” Presto Classical
“For my money this is the finest recorded Daphnis for a generation.” Gramophone Magazine