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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

Elena Xanthoudakis soprano

Jewels of the Bel Canto, CD on Signum Classics

"Australia's new bel canto superstar"
Limelight Magazine  Record of the Month, July 2014

"...[her voice] has a light timbre and gives the impression of effortlessness in the rapid runs and wild vocal leaps...This is an outstanding debut album from a young singer who will hopefully attract a new generation of bel canto fans."
Steve Moffatt, Limelight July 2014

"Her tone is well formed, focused and supported, and she can cover a wide vocal range. The top of her voice does not become thin, which is just as well, for there is no shortage of high notes, which are steady in their production. Add to all that her flexibility and one has a singer who is worth hearing." 
John T. Hughes, International Recording Review June 2014

"She possesses that special requisite in bel canto singing of being able to power up to stratospheric notes with ease and pinpoint accuracy. With its trumpet effects, testing coloratura runs and top Cs, Donizetti’s regimental song 'Chacun le sait' from La Fille du Regiment proves but a walk in the park for Xanthoudakis."  
Graham Strahle, The Australian 19 May 2014

"From the first aria on this disc, Australian-Greek soprano Elena Xanthoudakis makes it obvious she is a singer to watch.  Her exquisitely focused voice has warmth and suppleness aplenty...Her intelligent approach and melting tones make each gem on this debut recording a winner."
Patricia Kelly, The Courier Mail May 2014

"An extraordinarily accomplished debut"
Fine Fish Sydney Australia May 2014

Sivan Magen harp

Fantasien, CD on Linn Records

"Magen uses every means at his disposal to create a compelling emotional narrative that draws the ear irresistibly on... Magen takes us into a rarefied dreamworld of musical colours and dynamic shadings that creates the strange impression of the notes floating free of musical gravity."
Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine April 2014

"Without doubt Sivan Magen's fine musicianship and scintillating performances on this disc will further enhance this artist's burgeoning reputation"
Graham Williams, March 2014

"Sivan Magen is a dazzlingly virtuosic musician and in this recital disc has set out to show the flexibility of his instrument..."
Sinfini February 2014

Adam Walker flute

Huw Watkins Flute Concerto, commissioned by Borletti-Buitoni Trust, London Symphony Orchestra, Fidelio Charitable Trust and Walker Watkins Consortium

"The fluency and apparently effortless virtuosity of this extraordinary musician [Adam Walker] combined with Watkins' flair and impeccable craftsmanship was spellbinding."
Rian Evans, The Guardian 15 May 2014

"Walker, playing with staggering virtuosity and charm, kept the audience on the edge of their seats throughout, and brought the house down at the end."
Tim Ashley, The Guardian 26 February 2014

"Adam Walker's playing was miraculous, his tone shifting imperceptibly from seductive roundness to an edgy astringency and adding layers of nuance to Watkins's already thoroughly imagined, translucent writing. Walker literally breathed character into the music, with an effortless, assured virtuosity that played games to great effect with the orchestra, and with Daniel Harding superb in his control of balance and attack."
Peter Reed, Classical Source 25 February 2014

"Walker had as many notes to play as the rest of the orchestra put together, and his non-stop stream of birdsong was presented with a virtuosity which was discreet rather than showy (no flamboyant flutter-tonguing, or shakuhachi effects)."
Michael Church, The Independent 24 February 2014

"Adam Walker seemed up for every challenge thrown at him. The opening veered between agitation and calm, cascades of obsessive repetition giving way to something more lyrical. Then came a movement of soulful rhapsody, Walker’s flute calling out longingly, the rest of the orchestra responding in kind... Flute-players may end up being grateful for the way that this new concerto expands their repertoire."  
Nick Kimberley, London Evening Standard 24 Feb 2014