Recording of the Month
Vilde Frang vn Frankfurt RSO / James Gaffigan
A hugely impressive recording, Vilde Frang’s brilliant control and dramatic intensity as assured in the lush themes of Korngold’s Concerto as in the technical extremes of Britten’s.
Read the Gramophone review | (album to be released on February 26)
Ensemble Diderot / Johannes Pramsohler vn
Cecilia Zilliacus vn Helsingborg SO / Daniel Blendulf
A demanding work, containing a variety of styles and approach – not to mention technical challenges – but all beautifully conveyed here by Cecilia Zilliacus.
Former Banff Quartet Competition winners, the Cecilia Quartet wonderfully approach these middle Mendelssohn quartets with elegance and affection.
Jonathan Plowright pf
Jonathan Plowright, always a thoughtful and brilliantly skilled pianist, continues his Brahms survey with another superb collection.
Yevgeny Sudbin pf
Yevgeny Sudbin’s understanding of Medtner’s sound world feels instinctive and his performance is a highly personal one.
Vaughan Jones vn
Gramophone's Audio Editor Andrew Everard writes: 'Just in case you thought high-resolution recording was only heard at it best when unravelling the complexities of large ensembles, this wonderfully atmospheric set of solo violin works really benefits from being heard in the 96kHz/24bit in which it was originally recorded. The instrument is beautifully focused, and the ambience of the recording venue – the small 17th century church of St Mary Magdalene in Willen, Bucks – adds a luminosity and presence to the captivating performances. Every note is crystal-clear, hanging in the recorded acoustic in a rather wonderful manner.'
Sols; Flemish Radio Choir; Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra / Hervé Niquet
They may not have won Dukas the competition he wrote them for, but don’t let that put you off: a rewarding listen.
Sols; La Risonanza / Fabio Bonizzoni
The impeccable standard of singing and playing we’ve come to expect from Bonizzoni and colleagues, here in a survey of rarely recorded early Handel.
Sols; Les Nouveaux Caractères / Sébastien d’Hérin hpd
Gerard Brooks, Daniel Roth, Carolyn Shuster Fournier orgs
(Fugue State Films)
Another expertly in-depth (but completely accessible) addition to Fugue State Films’ fascinating explorations of key figures from the organ world.
A chance to reappraise the legacy of pianist Eugene Istomin in this excellent-value set from Sony.