Recording of the month
Krystian Zimerman pf
Krystian Zimerman has an extraordinary ear for detail, both in terms of interpretation and sound; it’s been a long time since his last solo disc, but both the rarity and the quality make this quite an event.
Monteverdi Choir; London Symphony Orchestra / Sir John Eliot Gardiner
This uplifting performance concludes Gardiner’s rewarding cycle of the composer’s symphonies: a fitting end.
Boris Giltburg pf Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Carlos Miguel Prieto
That such familiar music can sound this thrilling is testimony to both the work’s enduring appeal and its soloist’s skill.
Andrew Everard, Gramophone's Audio Editor, writes: 'Whether or not you use the excuse of having something in your eye is up to you: this is a superb and very moving performance of ‘Rach 2’, played with beautiful expression and control. The 96kHz/24bit Qobuz download really brings out both the scale of the orchestra and the precision and brilliance of Giltburg’s playing, in a rich, realistic-sounding concert-hall ambience.'
Alexei Lubimov tangent pf
ECM New Series
An absolutely fascinating release, both for the unusual instrument and for what Alexei Lubimov, highly tuned to its unique sound world, achieves with it.
Steven Osborne pf
Steven Osborne explores some of Debussy’s most sublime, poetic and painterly music with a real sense of its intrigue, drama and beauty. A very fine recording, from a very fine pianist.
Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen
Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen go from strength to strength; on this latest album they offer expert and engaging advocacy of the music of Purcell’s teacher, John Blow.
19th-century French composer Félicien David couldn’t be better served than by this exploratory presentation of his music on a label earning a real reputation for being at all times high quality and thought-provoking.
Luther and the Music of the Reformation
Vox Luminis / Lionel Meunier
As we mark 500 years since the Reformation, Vox Luminis offer a wonderfully performed – and packaged – survey of its impact on music.
Blue Heron / Scott Metcalfe
American choir Blue Heron offer us extremely fine singing on this superb recording of little-heard repertoire from the latter years of Henry VIII.
Chorus and Orchestra of Classical Opera / Ian Page
Early Mozart gets a characteristically committed and compelling performance from the ever-impressive Ian Page and his Classical Opera group.
Prague Philharmonic Choir; Vienna Symphony Orchestra / Paolo Carignani
C Major Entertainment
This release of a virtually unknown 19th-century Shakespearean opera constitutes, so writes our reviewer Mark Pullinger, ‘a major operatic rediscovery’.
Moura Lympany pf
More Rachmaninov, and quite a historic event – the first recording of all his Preludes, made by Moura Lympany in 1941-2.