Recording of the month
Sols; Gabrieli Consort & Players / Paul McCreesh
(Winged Lion/ Signum)
A fascinating opera, one which vividly takes listeners to late 17th-century Britain – Dryden’s text and Purcell’s music are brought spectacularly and stirringly to life by conductor Paul McCreesh.
Mahler CO / Pablo Heras-Casado
A centenary celebration of El sombrero de tres picos, infused by Pablo Heras-Casado with all the Spanish spirit you could ask for, and an equally outstanding El amor brujo.
Cincinnati SO / Louis Langrée
The Cincinnati Symphony are on sparkling form in two versions, one from a new critical edition, of An American in Paris.
Beautifully played, and recorded, the young Arod Quartet follow their impressive debut with an album of chamber music from the first half of the 20th century.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja vn / Camerata Bern
As adventurous in her programming as in her playing, Patricia Kopatchinskaja offers an album whose meeting of music and words, of eras and traditions, is musically and spiritually powerful.
Paul Wee pf
Astonishing virtuosity defines this hugely impressive recording, whose story behind it – the soloist is a lawyer, not a professional pianist – makes it all the more extraordinary.
Beatrice Rana pf
This month’s cover star, the remarkable pianist Beatrice Rana, is an artist of truly reflective grace; her latest recording, combining poetry and great skill, confirms her as being among the most gifted musicians of her generation.
The Tallis Scholars / Peter Phillips
As it approaches the home straight, The Tallis Scholars’ exploration of Josquin offers another fine example of their gift for communicating the composer’s music.
Sols; Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr
Much less known than Bach’s Passions, this moving meditation on Christ’s sacrifice is performed with compelling conviction by the AAM and a superb line-up of soloists.
Sols; Les Talens Lyriques / Christophe Rousset
Another new take on another otherwise familiar work reveals new dramatic depths; rising star Benjamin Bernheim leads an excellent cast, conducted with flair by Christophe Rousset.
London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle
The beginning of Sir Simon Rattle’s tenure as the LSO’s Music Director, captured on film, bodes impressively well for the years ahead for Londoners.
Norma Fisher pf
The second volume unearthing the early recordings of renowned teacher Norma Fisher once again reveals her to be a pianist of incredibe insight, with playing that exudes colour and poetic finesse.