“Amazing production of Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne, a work of art in itself… Magnificent as the set is, this will also be a Don Giovanni to listen to for the orchestra. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are so good that they can generate almost demonic energy from the lighter timbres of period instruments. Vladimir Jurowski has rarely sounded more inspired”. Opera Today
"…Royal's voice is pure and strong, with a silvery sheen, and she brings a wide expressive range to these selections. The quality of the repertoire and the warmth and depth of Royal's interpretations make this an album that should be of interest to any fan of modern opera. Edward Gardner leads the Orchestra of English National Opera and Crouch End Festival Chorus in intensely passionate performances that emphasize the Romantic lyricism of the music. The sound is warm and clean, with an excellent sense of presence." ~AMG
'A Lesson in Love', is presented in four chapters: Waiting, Meeting, Wedding and Betrayal. It follows a young girl’s relationship from her first kiss and the thrill of blossoming love to the joy of love fulfilled. There is disappointment and anger when the relationship breaks up, leading to eventual acceptance, and even a glimpse of optimism about the possibility of future love. Royal brings a youthful approach along with an "unutterably beautiful timbre" to repertoire that includes William Bolcom’s cabaret-inspired Waitin, Schumann’s Jemand, Debussy's Apparition, Frank Bridge's Love went a riding, Richard Strauss's Hochzeitlich Lied, Britten's O waly Waly and Copland's Heart we will forget him.
BBC coverage of the wedding of Prince William Windsor and Kate Middleton on April 29th, 2011. Includes Catherine’s breathtaking arrival at Westminster Abbey, the full ceremony, the carriage procession and the traditional balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace. "William & Kate - A Royal Engagement" - An exclusive 50-minute extended version of the insightful documentary of their magical love story.
In the 2015 / 2016 season, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra celebrates a proud 125-year history of bringing the best in classical music performances to audiences right across Scotland and beyond. Marking its recording relationship with the Orchestra, Chandos has compiled a two-disc set (at the price of one CD) of the finest of thirty years of recordings that have shaped the reputation of the Orchestra as well as the label. The RSNO has amassed a tremendous discography on Chandos over the years, including great recording series devoted to works by Dvorak, Elgar, and Prokofiev. Now on SACD, its releases continue to receive high praise.