• opera omnia productions - Muza Rubackyte, Salle Gaveau, Paris

    Muza Rubackyte, Salle Gaveau, Paris

  • opera omnia productions - Daniel Rowland, Brodsky Quartet

    Daniel Rowland, Brodsky Quartet

  • opera omnia productions - ASMF / Sir Neville Marriner /  Arthur & Lucas Jussen

    ASMF / Sir Neville Marriner / Arthur & Lucas Jussen

  • opera omnia productions - Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano

    Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano

  • opera omnia productions - Natalya Romaniw, Soprano, Covent Garden

    Natalya Romaniw, Soprano, Covent Garden

  • opera omnia productions - Yvonne Eller, Writer

    Yvonne Eller, Writer

  • opera omnia productions - Ex Cathedra, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

    Ex Cathedra, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

  • opera omnia productions - Maximiliano Martin, Clarinet

    Maximiliano Martin, Clarinet

Audio Projects

Project Type: Commercial Release

Client: Champs Hill Records
Artist: Skampa Quartet
Repertoire: Dvorak
Producer & Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Champs Hill Studio, Sussex

“The Skampa Quartet play this great chamber music with technical elan and superbly mellow tone in Dvorak’s Bohemian reminiscences.” Sunday Times

“…a reference recording of these pieces… you should add this one to your collection… the Škampa… perform this music as if second nature, from the heart… Against these the Škampa stands up very well and may be blessed with the best sound of all… I cannot imagine a more deeply felt interpretation…” MusicWeb International

Skampa Quartet: Dvorak

Project Type: Commercial Release

Client: Orchid Classics
Artist: Louise Alder / Joseph Middleton
Repertoire: Richard Strauss Lieder
Producer & Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Potton Hall, Suffolk

The Guardian 5*

Sunday Times – CD of the Week

Louise Alder – Through Life and Love

Project Type: Commercial Release

Client: Orchid Classics
Artist: Britten Sinfonia, Mei Yi Foo, Philipp Hutter, Bartosz Woroch, Ashley Wass, Clement Power
Repertoire: Shostakovich, Berg, Saint-Saens
Producer & Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: St Martin’s, West Acton, London

Mei Yi Foo makes light work of Shostakovich, Berg and Saint-Saëns […] an enjoyable programme. The Guardian, 4*

It’s imaginatively and playfully interpreted (…) Mei Yi Foo has form when it comes to blending profundity and wit. (…) lively intelligence is on display here. BBC Music Magazine 4*

A consistently absorbing, truthfully engineered collection. Musical Ear 4*

ConNotations

Project Type: Commercial Release

Client: Deutsche Grammophon
Artist: Lucas & Arthur Jussen, ASMF, Sir Neville Marriner
Repertoire: Mozart Double Piano Concertos
Producer: Patrick Allen
Engineers: Tim Coombes, Alex Young
Venue: Watford Colosseum

Included as one of ‘The 50 greatest Mozart recordings‘ – as selected by Gramophone Magazine

It is a sure sign of the greatness of  Mozart’s music that it has proved so ripe for re-interpretation and discovery by every generation of musicians for 250 years. In the list below we have gathered 50 of the finest recordings of Mozart’s music – Gramophone Award-winning albums, Recordings of the Month and Editor’s Choice discs, from Dennis Brain and George Szell to Arabella Steinbacher and the Jussen brothers.

Mozart Double Piano Concerti

Project Type: Commercial Release / Publicity & CD cover Photographs / Promotional Film

Client: Champs Hill Records
Artist: Federico Colli
Repertoire: Beethoven, Scriabin, Mussorgsky
Producer: Patrick Allen
Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Champs Hill Studio

‘This is a finely recorded album’  Gramophone

‘Champs Hill’s fine recording allows us to hear all of Colli’s superb colouring.’ 
The Classical Review

The most beautiful piano sound – warm, dark, full, and rich...’ American Record Guide

Federico Colli

Project Type: Commercial Release

Client: Decca Classics
Artist: Valentina Lisitsa
Repertoire: Scriabin – Solo piano works
Producer: Patrick Allen
Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Britten Studio – Snape Maltings

‘With her emphasis on early and rare Scriabin, Valentina Lisitsa provides an alternative universe . . .  Lisitsa’s block chords and runs enjoy a pearly, sensuous resonance, the watery middle-register and high-tessitura arpeggios often creating the illusion of two hands . . . Potent piano sound from Patrick Allen’
Record Review / Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition

Complete Scriabin – Valentina Lisitsa

Project Type: Commercial Release

Client: Champs Hill Records
Artist: The Gould Trio
Repertoire: Macmillan, Maxwell-Davies, Beamish
Producer: Patrick Allen
Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Champs Hill Studio

“… beautiful and richly complex disc … this Champs Hill recording is outstanding in its clarity and intimacy.”
BBC Music 5* for Sound Quality and 5* for Performance

“The engineers at Champs Hill have captured [the Gould Piano Trio] well, with the recording having both the clarity and the warmth that these pieces require.”
MusicWeb International – recording of the month

“beautifully played and recorded”
Fanfare

“very expressive music played with character and recorded particularly well”
American Record Guide

The Gould Trio

Project Type: Commercial Release / Publicity & CD cover Photographs / Promotional Film

Client: Orchid Classics
Artists: James Gilchrist & Anna Tilbrook
Rep: Complete Schubert Song Cycles – Die Schone Mullerin (1) Schwannengesang (2) Winterreise (3)
Producer: Patrick Allen
Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Champs Hill (1) & Potton Hall (2) & (3)

CD of the Month – 5* for recording – One of the indispensable readings, and also one of the best balanced… BBC Music – click here for full review

Album of the week – Independent

Editors Choice – Classical Music Magazine

Among the finest of modern versions – Gramophone

Editor’s Choice – Classic FM

5* review in Diapason

James Gilchrist & Anna Tilbrook James Gilchrist & Anna Tilbrook

Project Type: Commercial Release

Client: EMI Classics
Artists: Benjamin Grosvenor
Repertoire: Chopin – The Complete Chopin Project
Producer: Patrick Allen
Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Champs Hill Studio, Sussex

‘Best of all, the remarkable teenage prodigy Benjamin Grosvenor serves up crumbs from Chopin’s solo piano table (rarities and miscellany) with uncommon sensitivity, shape, and commitment.’
Jed Distler / Classics Today

‘…played with stylish elegance by Benjamin Grosvenor.’
Dominy Clements / Musicweb International

EMI Classics – Benjamin Grosvenor

Project Type: Commercial Release / Publicity & CD cover Photographs

Client: Orchid Classics
Artists: Brodsky Quartet
Repertoire: Ravel, Lavista, Goljov, Alvarez
Producer: Jeremy Hayes
Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Potton Hall, Suffolk

CD of the week in La Scena Musicale,
“all you want to do when the disc ends is play it again” – Norman Lebrecht

Brodsky Quartet

Project Type: Commercial Release / CD Booklet photographs

Client: Champs Hill Records
Artist: Kathryn Rudge / James Ballieu
Repertoire: English Song
Producer: Patrick Allen
Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Champs Hill Studio

“Rudge’s voice is golden, rich, and even; her diction crystal clear, and her phrasing superb. Baillieu’s playing is warm and supportive. Outstanding performances of every piece”
American Record Guide

Kathryn Rudge

Project Type: Commercial Release / Promotional Film

Client: Champs Hill Records
Artist: Fenella Humphries
Repertoire: Violin Solos
Producers: Matthew Bennett & Patrick Allen
Engineers: David Rowell & Patrick Allen
Venue: Champs Hill Studio

“She shapes the music with skill… rich and varied tone… a nicely understated, virtuoso ending to an enjoyable and accomplished CD”
Instrumental Choice, 5 stars, BBC Music Magazine

 

 

Fenella Humphries

Project Type: Commercial Release

Client: Decca Classics
Artist: Various
Repertoire: Scriabin – Solo piano works
Producer: Patrick Allen / Various
Engineer: Patrick Allen / Various
Venue: Britten Studio – Snape Maltings / Various

Scriabin – Solo Piano Works

Project Type: Commercial Release

Client: Orchid Classics
Artist: Callum Smart & Richard Uttley
Repertoire: Poulenc, Fauré, Ravel
Producer: Patrick Allen
Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Potton Hall, Suffolk

“… Callum Smart and Richard Uttley gently caress the finest of his early works with a cantabile grace and elegance that distil the composer’s churning emotions into a sound world of captivating restraint…Finest of all is the habanera, which shimmers in the twilight as though emerging from some distant gypsy encampment, atmospherically captured in gently cushioned yet tactile sound
The Strad Recommends *

“If you need any convincing that the choice of title for this album is an appropriate one, just listen to the dreamy intermezzo of Poulenc’s sonata for violin and piano, FP 119: in the hands of Callum Smart and Richard Uttley its vocal quality is never in doubt.”
The Observer ****

 

La Voix

Project Type: Commercial Release

Client: Champs Hill Records
Artist: Bartosz Woroch
Repertoire: Gubaidulina, Schnittke, Prokofiev
Producer: Patrick Allen
Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Champs Hill Studio

‘Everything is played with a focused intensity and a sense of risk-taking that make for compulsive listening’
The Guardian 5*

“Champs Hill has developed a knack of programming challenging solo violin discs… Fine notes and sound quality ensure the added success of this project.”
“the performances are stylistically apt and technically imposing.”
MusicWeb International

 

Dancer on a Tightrope

Project Type: Commercial Release / CD Booklet photography

Client: Orchid Classics
Artists: Matthew Trusler/Dusseldorf Symphony/Yasuo Shinozaki
Repertoire: Korngold & Rozsa Violin Concertos
Producer: Jeremy Hayes
Engineer: Patrick Allen
Assistant: Mike Lotinga
Venue: Tonhalle, Dusseldorf

An essential purchase – Mail on Sunday
The recording is of top drawer quality throughout
– www.classical.net
Outstanding recording quality – BBC Music

Orchid Classics –  Matthew Trusler – Dusseldorf Symphony – Yasuo Shinozaki

Project Type: Live Recordings / Broadcast

Client: Wigmore Hall
Artists: Various
Repertoire: Various
Producer: Misha Donat
Engineer: Patrick Allen
Assistants: Mike Lotinga, Chris McNeillie, Claire Kennedy
Venue: Wigmore Hall, London

Opera Omnia were commissioned by Wigmore Hall to record concerts for both archive purposes and commercial release on their “Wigmore Hall Live” record label. The first batch of releases included concerts by Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Felicity Lott, The Arditti Quartet, Robert Holl and the Nash Ensemble. Opera Omnia have also recorded around 50 concerts in Wigmore Hall for broadcast by the Andante Corporation of New York.

‘perfectly balanced’ 5* – BBC Music

‘This is a warm generous reading, emphasised by the recording…’
– The Gramophone

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Project Type: Archive Recording

Client: Louis Lortie
Artist: Louis Lortie
Repertoire: Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Producer: Misha Donat
Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Wigmore Hall, London

The complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle was recorded during 8 recitals at the Wigmore Hall. Archive recordings are made to the same high standards as for session recordings. This means that recordings conceived as simply for private use can often end up being broadcast or commercially released.

Louis Lortie – Louis Lortie