Recording of the month
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet pf
This is a really remarkable achievement. Bavouzet’s playing seems to balance personality and precision, warm individuality with service to the score. A very fine Beethoven sonata series reaches its end.
Tamsin Waley-Cohen vn BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Litton
An outstanding performance of the Adams Concerto, but it’s the addition of the beautifully played Harris Concerto which really makes this disc something special.
Our Audio Editor writes: 'From the fanfare-like opening of the Harris violin concerto tempering down to the lyrical sound of the first entrance of the solo instrument, this recording grabs the listener’s attention. The hi-res 96kHz/24bit release from Qobuz makes the violin all the more thrilling, and the flow of the Adams is captivating. All-British forces, all-American music – yet this set works beautifully, helped in no small part by the superb recording.
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Jiří Bělohlávek
There’s a rich depth to these gloriously played Slavonic Dances, on which Bělohlávek floats the melodies with a wonderful sense of natural rhythm.
Giuliano Carmignola, Amandine Beyer vns Gli Incogniti
A glance at the musicians behind this release tells all you need to know: a compelling sense of dance, and edge-of-seat drama. Very enjoyable indeed.
BBC Symphony Orchestra / Tasmin Little vn
Vivaldi-playing which draws on a modern orchestra’s weight, not to mention on Little’s virtuosity, while in Panufnik’s piece we’re taken on a rewarding and culturally rich journey.
Nelson Goerner pf et al
(Fryderyk Chopin Institute)
Our critic cites this as ‘the most enjoyable chamber music disc – and the most interesting discovery’ he’s heard in some time. What better encouragement to hear for yourself?
Les Talens Lyriques / Christophe Rousset
‘A landmark recording to treasure’ writes our critic, and while this lost cantata is a must-hear for Couperin devotees, the atmospheric performance makes it equally so for all.
Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
Masaaki Suzuki offers a wonderfully played, powerfully paced and superbly sung Mass in C minor, the prayerfulness, passion and joy palpable throughout.
Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, Oslo Sinfonietta / Grete Pedersen
Between moments of gripping high-wire skill and ethereal, fragile sound worlds, this is a fascinating, challenging and beautifully recorded example of just what a choir is capable of.
Capella de la Torre / Katharina Bäuml
Rhythmically gripping, playful, and entirely infectious – this disc from Capella de la Torre is early music at its most earthy, engaging and enjoyable.
Sols incl Baker, Pears & Shirley-Quirk; London Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult
Our letters pages have expressed great excitement about this release of Boult conducting Gerontius in Canterbury Cathedral in 1968: here it is, and it doesn’t disappoint!
Picking a single set from these attractively presented opera reissues wasn’t easy, but this Carmen is an excellent example.