Archives for 2015

Presto Discs of the Year 2015 – Winners!


Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
‘The sound he draws from his players is rich without being heavy… even when the music peters out into inaudibility at the end somehow that richness still seems to be there, which leaves an aftertaste of serenity rather than of exhausted collapse. If you like your Mahler histrionic and overwrought then this may not be the disc for you – but I found it a mature, sensitive performance throughout.’


Smetana: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
Pavel Haas Quartet
‘[This disc] maintains the astonishingly high standards that we have come to expect from them…Their tone, radiant one moment and poignantly hushed the next, is quite marvellous…With these highly expressive, virtuosic performances, the Pavel Haas Quartet have done it again!’



The Independent Classical Specialists award annually a prize for ‘Best
Distribution Company’ and ‘Best Individual in Distribution’ to show our
appreciation for quality service to ICS members.
Each ICS member has been invited to nominate one distributor and one
individual for each category.


2014-5 WINNERS
I am delighted to announce that this year’s winner of the distributor category is:
RSK Entertainment
The winner of the individual award is: Matt Groom (RSK) .

Nils Lofgren receives Outstanding Contribution Award at Classic Rock Awards!


“So honored to receive Classic Rock Mag’s Outstanding Contribution Award and share the night with Amy and so many great musicians and friends, especially Andy Newmark, my award presenter. The UK has always been a magical music community to me and a second home to perform in. Amazing night!” – Nils Lofgren

25th Anniversary and Gramophone Label of The Year!


Gramophone 2015 – Label of the Year
The timing couldn’t be any better for the label as this year marks Channel’s 25th anniversary. Label owner and producer Jared Sacks was on hand to receive his award and gave an inspiring speech. This caps of a great year for the label, which included the release of Rachel Podger’s L’estro armonic and Ivan Fischer’s Mahler 9.

Gramophone 2014 Label Of The Year joins the RSK Family!


We are very happy to welcome the dynamic scottish label Delphian Records, who will join RSK of 1st December 2015. Delphian is recognised as one of the UK’s most innovative labels, so much so that they were awarded Gramophone’s Label of the Year award in 2014.

Pavel Haas Quartet Do It Again!


Gramophone 2015 – Chamber Award – Pavel Haas Quartet – Smetana String Quartets.
This is the Pavel Haas Quartet’s fourth Gramophone Chamber Award (not counting Recording of the Year) in under ten years! The quartet’s live performance of the slow movement of the 1st quartet was a particular highlight of the evening.

Olivier Award Winner

Katie Brayben for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for the Best Actress in a Musical.
“Katie Brayben gives a performance as Carole King that is full of raw soulfulness, grasping all the emotion in the American singer’s journey”


ICEH2O, the label founded by hip hop legend and multi-platinum selling artist, RAEKWON, and RSK Entertainment are pleased to announce today the release of Raekwon’s FLY INTERNATIONAL LUXURIOUS ART (F.I.L.A.), his sixth studio album release, on April 27th in Europe. The album is available for pre-order today, March 17th.
RAEKWON, who is a member of the iconic platinum-selling rap group, WU-TANG, released the first street song, “Wall To Wall,” featuring Busta Ryhmes and French Montana on February 24th to high marks. The song graced the Top 5 (#4) of “iTunes Hot Tracks” chart in the US on its first day of release and is generating a lot of interest throughout Europe.
“The music and sentiment on Fly International Luxurious Art spans 2 decades of my career. I am very proud of all of the music and guest appearances on the project. I carefully curated each guest appearance with tracks built especially for each artist that appeared with me to bring out their essence. Everyone shines and every song is fly and luxurious art,” Raekwon states.
“RSK Entertainment is very excited to work with Raekwon again on what is our third release together. Raekwon’s legacy and creative vision are un-matched and we look forward to providing a variety of services from marketing to sales across both physical and digital platforms to help support and promote the new record,” says RSK Joint Managing Director Simon Carver. “All of our European partners are completely fired up and the initial response from the press and media has been tremendous.”
FLY INTERNATIONAL LUXURIOUS ART is an eleven 12-track stunner with production that includes a female producer out of Toronto She Da God, Jerry Wonda, and more. Guest appearances include French Montana, Busta Rhymes, Estelle, Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Brethren, Ghostface Killah.
To warm up the streets, RAEKWON has led with the head-nodding laid back “Wall To Wall,” produced by female producer out of Toronto She Da God, The track finds the guest rappers at their best on what is sure to be the next anthem. Also on FLY INTERNATIONAL LUXURIOUS ART Raekwon is joined by Estelle for the lush R&B groove that’s perfect for the ladies called “All About You.” produced by Jerry Wonda who also produces Soundboy Kill It, featuring Melanie Fiona.

10,000 Maniacs and Cleopatra Records Announce Their New Album – Twice Told Tales


Jamestown, NY – Having conquered the alternative rock world with multi-platinum selling albums and unforgettable singles such as “These Are Days,” 10,000 Maniacs are about to release the most ambitious album of their career, a full-length collection of traditional British Isles folk songs, titled ‘Twice Told Tales’, newly interpreted by the band whose organic, neo-folk sound has influenced countless others. The official street date for the album is May 04  and will be made available on both CD as well as a special 180-gram 12” vinyl format from Cleopatra Records!

Founding member and keyboardist Dennis Drew explains the germination of the project, “Folk music of all types has been a strong influence on the band. One of the songs on the new record ‘Do You Love An Apple’ has been in our repertoire for 30 years. We’ve also recorded Carter family songs and other American, Irish and British Folk music in the past.” With that experience under wing, the group set out to create an entire album’s worth of modern versions of traditional British folk classics that would fit right alongside the rest of the 10,000 Maniacs’ body of work. “These are timeless melodies,” Drew continues, “Some songs are funny, some are heartbreaking. Most are 100, 200, 300 years old. It’s crazy how they can be turned into 21st century pop songs!”

Tom Cruise Visits The Cast Of Beautiful


The cast of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical were surprised by a visit from Tom Cruise after their preview performance last night.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is the untold story of her journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom. Along the way, she became one of the most successful solo acts in music history, and wrote the soundtrack to a generation.