Best new classical albums – Awards issue 2016

Gramophone Fri 16th September 2016

The finest recordings reviewed in the Awards issue of Gramophone magazine, introduced by Editor Martin Cullingford

Recording of the month

Mahler Symphony No 10 

Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard 

(Seattle Symphony Media) 

This is a very impressive Mahler Tenth. Playing is of the highest order throughout, but, as is crucial in this work, Dausgaard’s vision is both compelling and beautifully conveyed.

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Copland Orchestral Works, Vol 2 

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / John Wilson 

(Chandos) 

Disc two in Wilson’s Copland series takes us to less well-known works, but with the rigour of understanding and complete conviction that are this conductor’s hallmark.

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B Dean Shadow Music 

Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Brett Dean 

(BIS) 

BIS continues its advocacy of the Australian composer and ex-Berlin Philharmonic viola player’s music with this captivating disc.

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Mendelssohn String Quartets Nos 3 & 5 

Parker Quartet 

(Nimbus Alliance) 

The Parker Quartet continue their Mendelssohn exploration with a masterclass in ensemble collaboration, rich in ideas and unity of vision.

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Chopin Mazurkas 

Pavel Kolesnikov pf 

(Hyperion) 

The young Russian pianist – a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme – shows a remarkable command and originality in this superb Chopin set.

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D Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas, Vol 4 

Pierre Hantaï hpd 

(Mirare) 

The gradual continuation of this Scarlatti series serves up another deeply thought-out recording, both eloquent and entertaining, and extraordinarily skilled in execution.

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Bednall Stabat mater. Ave Maria. Marian Suite 

Benenden Chapel Choir / Edward Whiting 

(Regent) 

The British composer already has a growing discography; this new addition from Regent focuses on his substantial and imaginative setting of the deeply moving Marian hymn.

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Krenek Reisebuch Zemlinsky Songs

Florian Boesch bar Roger Vignoles pf 

(Hyperion) 

Exceptional Lieder singing from baritone Florian Boesch – engagingly communicative throughout – in a perfect partnership with pianist Roger Vignoles.

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Hidden Music of the Russian Church 

Moscow Patriarchal Choir / Ilya Tolkachev 

(Christophorus) 

Truly heartfelt performances of this Russian repertoire, recorded in the atmospheric acoustic of the choir’s vast cathedral home.

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Goldmark Die Königin von Saba 

Sols; Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Fabrice Bollon 

(CPO) 

A once hugely popular work, now rarely heard (let alone recorded), Goldmark’s opera gets a superb performance in another exciting CPO set.

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DVD/blu-ray

Britten The Rape of Lucretia 

Sols; London Philharmonic Orchestra / Leo Hussain 

(Opus Arte) 

A chance to see director Fiona Shaw’s powerful response to Britten’s opera – its first return to Glyndebourne since the 1946 premiere – with excellent singing and playing throughout.

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Reissue/archive

Beethoven ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata

Grigory Sokolov pf 

(Sony Classical) 

An impressive snapshot of an early stage in the career of an extraordinary artist.  

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