Gramophone posts episode 100 of The Listening Room
Monday, August 10, 2020
Celebrate the riches of classical music as the recordings are released each fortnight
Gramophone's fortnightly playlist The Listening Room, available exclusively on Apple Music, has just reached episode 100 with a programme that includes John Wilson's latest Sinfonia of London release for Chandos, a stunning album of Respighi's Roman Trilogy (the Fountains of Rome are included), Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano performing Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte (Bostridge 'makes the songs his own in a performance that is never less than engaging and, as usual, conveys an unflinching and persuasive belief in the material' according to Hugo Shirley in the August issue) and a very de-luxe quintet recorded live at the Verbier Festival in César Franck's Piano Quintet.
The Listening Room is selected and introduced by Gramophone's Editor-in-Chief and features brand-new releases (often added on the day of release) as well as a handful of pre-release tracks. Episode 100 includes Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto played by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, who also directs the Swedish Chamber Orchestra from a set due for release by Chandos next month, the theme from Bach's Goldberg Variations played by Lang Lang (DG) and a Brahms Chorale Prelude played by Igor Levit (Sony Classical) – both also September releases. From Warner Classics and Erato come part of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez played by Thibaut García, a Debussy song from Sabine Devieilhe and Alexandre Tharaud, and a Mozart programme conducted Laurence Equilbey.
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