Recording of the month
I Fagiolini / Robert Hollingworth
From such an inventive ensemble, we’d have expected something both imaginative and impressive to mark Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary: I Fagiolini do not disappoint!
Vadim Gluzman vn Angela Yoffe pf Lucerne SO / James Gaffigan
Whether in concerto or sonata, Vadim Gluzman proves himself a violinist of fine tone, calm control and virtuosity.
Göttingen Festival Orchestra / Laurence Cummings
Delightful playing from the Göttingen Festival Orchestra under Laurence Cummings, full of vitality and embodying a truly joyful sense of rapport.
Europa Galante / Fabio Biondi vn
There’s an air of refinement and graceful confidence in these recordings of concertos by French Baroque composer Jean-Marie Leclair that just feels completely appropriate.
Alberto Reyes pf
It ‘may be his best yet’, says Jed Distler in praising the latest recording from Uruguayan pianist Alberto Reyes, a musician who evidently should be much better known to us all.
Soloists; Malcolm Martineau pf
Volume 2 in Malcolm Martineau’s survey of Fauré’s songs pairs some whole cycles with rarities, and follows the first in offering listeners some superb singing.
The Orlando Consort
This wonderful disc – the latest in The Orlando Consort’s exploration of Machaut – unites a programme of well-chosen works with performances (and a recording) of great eloquence and clarity.
The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge / Stephen Layton
A celebration of Stanford’s link with Trinity – many of his works were written for the chapel – and of this impressive choir under Stephen Layton’s leadership.
Les Talens Lyriques / Christophe Rousset
Leading Lully interpreter Christophe Rousset has assembled an excellent cast for a performance rich in exquisite singing, drama and dancelike momentum.
Véronique Gens sop Munich Radio Orchestra / Hervé Niquet
Admirers of Véronique Gens will know what to expect: namely powerful characterisation, emotional commitment and singing of deeply moving beauty.
Andrew Everard, Gramophone Audio Editor, writes: 'This is an almost ridiculously lush-sounding recording, as rich in instrumental tone as it is in the view of the soloist’s voice, but it shines even more spectacularly in the hi-res Qobuz download, the 96kHz/24bit resolution letting it sparkle to thrilling effect. An indulgence? Maybe – but a captivating one in sonic terms as well as in the performances.'
Sols incl Ricciarelli & Domingo; Royal Opera, Covent Garden / Claudio Abbado
An archive release from Covent Garden, 1975, featuring music-making from such greats as Plácido Domingo and, in the pit, Claudio Abbado.
Sergey Rachmaninov pf
A valuable glimpse into the sound world and artistry of one of history’s greatest pianists.