Welcome to CRD Records

Working with
world-class classical music artists
and delighting listeners since 1975

Our catalogue spans 800 years of repertoire, from solo instrument and voice to full orchestra. 

We can offer speedy classical searches and licensing. 


Latest releases


Virtuoso Harpsichord Music

In her debut album, Melody Lin offers splendid musical fireworks, taking on some of the most technically challenging and arresting harpsichord repertoire available. 

The harpsichord often gets overlooked, undeservedly so. It is an instrument that takes no prisoners; it demands precision and craft, musical sensitivity and more. In Melody Lin’s performances, the rewards are great: as listeners, we are treated to the translation of black dots to bursts of exuberant colour, from elegance to joy to thunderous expressions of foreboding. If the music were to be represented in film, we would move from calm, pastoral scenes to mountainous terrain. This is in fact riveting cinema. We hope you enjoy the views.

Full global and digital release, including in Dolby Atmos, on 3 May, 2024.

“The music performed by Melody on the present recording comprises a painstaking selection of technically exacting pieces that span the entire period of Baroque harpsichord composition as well as an array of genres and styles. The title Virtuoso Harpsichord Music is fully warranted here; each of the works performed contains at least one intimidating passage or section that would be the source of consternation for most harpsichordists.” – Robert Zappulla, Professor of Music, Claremont Graduate University, California

…excellent control of contrapuntal writing… the recording quality is excellent… much to admire here…

– Noel O’Regan, Early Music Review


Forthcoming


Chansons musicales

The surviving chansons for transverse flute consort published in two unique collections by the Parisian music publisher Pierre Attaingnant, both printed in April, 1533: Vingt et sept chansons musicales a quatre parties, and Chansons musicales a quatre parties.

 Through the songs, we are given the chance to be transported back to a point when the word, note, instrument and performer collided to document impressions of a world lived long ago and yet with which we share so much. 

As songs that had a vibrant life beyond the words, we are afforded an entrance into the evergreen world of instrumental music of the Renaissance, into music that filled the dwellings of Paris and beyond.


Imagique: A Different History of Music

The brilliant Iwo and Karolina bring accordion and violin together and invite you to join them on an reimagined history of classical music which is Imagique.

‘The unique combination of the accordion and violin and reworks of classical repertoire spanning 300 years affords us a sneak peek of how the history of music could have unfolded if great composers of times past had had at their disposal the accordion in its current concert form. There is nothing that this combination of instruments is incapable of doing, and, who knows, maybe Mozart would have been as fond of pairing the violin with the accordion as he was with piano; perhaps Ravel would have taken impressionism to yet another level with this portable orchestra of a duo? 

We are so excited to share an important part of us with you on this album and so hope you will enjoy Imagique!’ – Iwo and Karolina


Piano 3

Pete Judge Piano 3

‘The fourteen tracks offered here take the listener on a journey through landscapes, habitats, and memories, with moments of stillness balanced by skeins of interlocking patterns. The music offers elegies for lost friends and vanishing places, with specific inspirations including a drawing by Hieronymous Bosch, the poetry of Edward Thomas, the life and thoughts of composer Gerald Finzi, the borderlands between England and South Wales, and the uncanny sense that we are most definitely being watched by the natural world when we think that we’re the ones doing the watching’ – Pete Judge


More from CRD


The Monarch's Music

A celebration of the link between
music and monarchy

This album sets the historic moment of King Charles III’s Coronation firmly within the rich tapestry of music and monarchs past. Recorded amidst the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022, the programme transports us to points when the link between the British monarchy and music has been concretised – from coronations to royal weddings to more subtle stories of royal intervention – all the while celebrating the musical output of composers who have flourished alongside royal endorsement.

CRD is thrilled to be sharing this sparkling collaboration between The Household Cavalry Band and The Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, masterfully led by Major Paul Collis-Smith and James Vivian.


The Music of Ernest Kaye

This EP tells the story of prolific musical talent passing down the generations. Rising stars Mark Nathan (baritone), Carolyn Holt (mezzo soprano) and Simon Nathan (orchestrator) bring largely unknown works from Ernest Kaye’s vast œuvre to life with the support of the exuberant playing of the Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Toby Purser.  The tracks take us on a journey from the blooming shores of Tresco to intricate settings of Shakespeare and haunting Hebrew laments. Ernest Kaye was an outstanding pianist who had an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of classical music. He was passionate about playing the piano and passionate about composing. CRD is delighted to be working with Ernest Kaye’s family to bring this astonishing repertoire to listeners.

Rameau in the organ loft

 

Edward Higginbottom is joined by rising star soprano, Holly Teague and percussionist, Felix Higginbottom as he takes Rameau’s most theatrical compositions into the organ loft and ‘reimagines’ their performance, meanwhile taking us on a journey through exotic landscapes and arresting scenes.

Classical music, Rameau Reimagind by Edward Higginbottom



Edward Higginbottom

Holly Teague (soprano)


Beethoven's Passion

Classical music, Beethoven’s piano sonatas by Virginia Black Piano



Virginia Black

 

Virginia Black returns to the keyboard and her lifelong love: Beethoven’s piano sonatas. The 3 sonatas programmed here afford us a window onto Beethoven’s life and his increasing struggle with hearing loss. We meanwhile experience Beethoven at his best: breaking the rules of the sonata form.

Celebrating fine instruments and narrating London

 

“When considering what to record on this disc, I decided to focus on music close to my heart– the wonderful and varied music of Great Britain, from both past and present. A combination of works originally for organ and transcriptions for the instrument allowed me to explore the full tonal palette of the instrument and tease out all that the organ has to offer…” – Benjamin Sheen –

Classcial music, In London Town, Benjamin Sheen




Benjamin Sheen, Debut

Director of Music, Jesus College, Cambridge
(Former Sub-Organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford)

Returning to the canon through repertoire and audio

Classical music Mozart’s canons, Maya Magub

Maya Magub

violinist

“Magub’s arrangements for strings of Mozart’s canons in two and three parts, recorded here for the first time, are delightful, their wit and charm magnified by high-spirited performances and a close-mic’d sound that ideally suits immersive listening through headphones…”

– Apple Music

More from
Maya Magub and CRD

“spirited and compelling music-making to savour” – International Record Review
(The Duos for Violin and Viola – Mozart and Michael Haydn)

“polished, stylish performances”
– Gramophone
(Telemann – 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin)


CRD in Oxford

The Choir of Keble College, Oxford | The Instruments of Time & Truth

“a disc to savour” – Martin Clarke, Organist’s Review
(Ave Rex Angelorum)

“sung exquisitely” – Gramophone
(Ceremonial Oxford)

Trust the critics

...This disc best shows what CRD were about, furthering the musical byways when the main companies were still largely trudging merrily along the highways...
Stuart Sillitoe – Music Web International
In response to Berwald and Wilkmanson String Quartets CRD3361
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