Recording of the month
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko
Tchaikovsky symphonies in this slot, two months in a row? I make no apology (besides, they’re different symphonies) – Petrenko’s now complete cycle is an achievement well worthy of praise.
Jean Rondeau hpd et al
Directing from the harpsichord, Jean Rondeau leads his colleagues – who all seem to share a happy rapport – in a highly enjoyably and characterful survey of music by Bach father and sons.
Danny Driver pf BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Rebecca Miller
A nice parallel to this month’s Specialist’s Guide, three unfamiliar works, by women (a first in Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series), given strong advocacy.
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis
Two major works, conducted with an authoritative sense of journey; evidence of the wisdom of Chandos’s bond with both Davis and the Bergen Philharmonic.
Andrew Everard, Gramophone's Audio Editor, writes: 'As the main review notes, there’s a mass of textural detail in this recording of RVW’s Job, and the 96kHz/24bit hi-resolution Qobuz download delivers it with even greater clarity, insight and impact than the CD-quality files. That allows the finest nuances of the scoring and performance to be appreciated – and makes the organ thunder and the timpani cannon from the speakers in spine-tingling fashion in Scene 6. It’s a fine recording throughout, and the extra resolution and dynamic range of the "hi-res" version makes even more of it.'
Wigmore Hall Live
A crowded catalogue certainly, but on the evidence of both this and the first volume’s Editor’s Choice accolade, the young Elias Quartet are building an impressive Beethoven cycle.
Ludmila Berlinskaya, Arthur Ancelle pfs
A hugely enjoyable opportunity to hear one of the most familiar and formidable piano sonatas in an unfamiliar form – great virtuosity, with the added challenge of collaboration!
Prague Philharmonic Choir / Lukáš Vasilek
These four cantatas are richly atmospheric, seeming to grow out of the language and culture on which they draw. Beautifully performed, and indeed recorded, throughout.
Benjamin Appl bar James Baillieu pf
The beauty of voice and thoughtfulness in interpretation that led us to name Benjamin Appl our Young Artist of the Year – and for Sony Classical to sign him – are very evident on this recital.
Nuria Rial sop Valer Sabadus counterten Basel Chamber Orchestra
This is a delightful disc: two voices – a pure, agile soprano and rich, rounded countertenor – which feel perfectly suited both to this repertoire, and to each other.
Sols; Houston Symphony Orchestra / Hans Graf
Taken from concert performances, but ones which combine a powerful sense of drama and story-telling (so crucial in this work) with a quite intense focus on the music-making.
Sols; Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra / Marc Albrecht
Gurrelieder as you probably won’t have seen it before: staged. ‘It makes’, as our critic Hugo Shirley puts it ‘for fascinating viewing.’
Killed in a plane crash aged 31, Kapell’s discography is relatively small: these broadcasts and concerts, many of them first releases, are valuable additions.