• 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
Artist: The Gould Piano Trio
Repertoire: Brahms – Trios and Piano Quartets
Producer & Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Champs Hill Studio

Released October 2017

Gould Piano Trio – Brahms

Project Type: Commercial Release & Publicity Film
Client: Deutsche Grammophon
Artist: Francesca Dego / Danielle Rustioni / CBSO
Repertoire: Wolf-Ferrari / Paganini
Producer: Stephen Johns
Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Released 27 October 2017

Francesca Dego – CBSO

Project Type: Commercial release
Client: Champs Hill Records
Artist: Robert Plane / Gould Piano Trio
Repertoire: Bartok, Kurtag, Dohnanyi
Producer & Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Champs Hill Studio, Sussex

‘the piquant harmonies and itchy rhythms of Hungarian folk music are never far away, and the performances are poised and idiomatic…It’s a little gem, and the light touch adopted by Plane together with violinist Lucy Gould and pianist Benjamin Frith is ideal.’ The Guardian 4*

Robert Plane – Contrasts

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

Editor’s Choice – disc of the Month – Each song sounds utterly fresh, with the bright, flinty beauty of Alder’s soprano constantly conveying lively intelligence as well as strong characterisation… Joseph Middleton’s piano-playing is superb throughout as well… Orchid Classics’ sound captures both of them naturally… All in all, this debut is a delight. Gramophone

5* review – The Guardian

CD of the WeekSunday Times

“…this excellent recording…Joseph Middleton’s pianism is exemplary, as is the recorded sound.”
MusicWeb International

Reached No2 in the classical Specialist charts

Louise Alder – Through Life and Love

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

 “With a warmly realistic recording from Champs Hill’s Music Room, this is a tremendous achievement.” Gramophone

Skampa Quartet: Dvorak

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.

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.”
5* for Sound Quality and 5* for Performance – BBC Music 

“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.”
– Recording of the month – MusicWeb International 

“beautifully played and recorded”
Fanfare

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

The Gould Piano 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 versionsGramophone

Editor’s Choice – Classic FM

5* review – 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 – 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 has a lovely warm yet focussed mezzo-soprano voice and she sings with a combination of line and superb diction. [Rudge] is well supported by James Bailie and the pair treat each song with the same care and sense of seriousness. Highly recommended’ Planet Hugill

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 Humphreys brings a totally committed, infectious performance.” The Classical Reviewer

 

 

 

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 / Promotional Film
Client: Champs Hill Records
Artist: James Turnbull & Libby Burgess
Repertoire: Tippett, Dove, Matthews, Bray, Grime, Powers etc
Producer: Patrick Allen
Engineer: Patrick Allen
Venue: Champs Hill Studio

‘the sound is gorgeous. The main credit must go to James, his tonal concept and his setup. But there is also the recording venue (in this case the Music Room at Champs Hill) to consider. James and the producer/engineer Patrick Allen have contrived to use the hall’s natural acoustic to create a breadth of sound, while also keeping an immediacy from both oboe and piano. James is a consummate player, who can make difficult things sound easy; but the microphone placement brilliantly conveys the sheer physicalness of playing the oboe, of pushing against resistance’
Jeremy Polmear, Double Reed News

‘This is a beautifully played, interestingly programmed showcase of the oboe as a recital instrument’  BBC Music Magazine

‘The recording benefits from the gently supportive acoustic of [Champs Hill] … Everything about this recital is a delight. Readers who have chosen to read the full endorsement before deciding are now warmly encouraged to hear this gem.’ Fanfare

‘In Turnbull’s hands, the music dances and turns with graceful ease … Turnbull manages the many technical challenges easily and convincingly’  American Record Guide

James Turnbull & Libby Burgess

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 – Callum Smart

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

‘played with great technical flair…this courageous and accomplished disc’. BBC Music Magazine

‘..a seriously enjoyable recitalBBC Radio 3 Record Review

 

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

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