Recording of the month
Piano Works by Liszt, Schumann and Chopin
Nicholas Angelich pf
Both as soloist and with colleagues, Nicholas Angelich has been building up a richly rewarding discography: it continues here, including a compelling exploration of Liszt’s huge Sonata.
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / John Storgårds
Both this and the disc of Nos 4 and 5 from the same forces are well worth hearing this month; here, in Nos 2 and 6, we really encounter some fabulous music-making.
Julian Bliss cl Carducci Quartet
Julian Bliss is alert and alive to the power of dance in an engaging new work for clarinet; he and the Carducci Quartet are equally united in the Brahms.
Cristian Budu pf
In both the Chopin Preludes and the Beethoven Op 33 Bagatelles, Cristian Budu – a winner of the Clara Haskil competition – proves himself a master of the miniature in an impressive debut disc.
Richard Boothby lyra viol
A beautifully played programme of solo lyra viol music from Richard Boothby, one of today’s leading performers of the instrument and its repertoire, makes for a recital of real intimacy.
Cut CIrcle / Jesse Rodin
Musique en Wallonie
Some very fine performances of these significant works from Dufay’s last two decades: eight singers, all on impeccable form, make for a lively, intimate and focused experience.
Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge / Andrew Nethsingha
St John’s, Cambridge – a choral institution with a proud recording heritage – launch their new label with this superbly prepared and performed disc of Jonathan Harvey works.
SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart / Frieder Bernius
Reger advocates are determined to use the composer’s anniversary year to highlight the diversity and beauty of his music; this disc is a superb contribution to that end.
Benjamin Appl ten Graham Johnson pf
Wigmore Hall Live
A praised debut on Champs Hill, now signed to Sony – but in between comes this impressive Wigmore Hall recital, marking out Benjamin Appl as a baritone thoroughly worth watching.
Sols; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra / Nicholas McGegan
Nicholas McGegan is an excellent guide to this paean on a prince’s birth; his players and singers are excellent throughout this work by the elder Scarlatti.
Sols incl Alieva & Castronovo; Deutsche Oper Berlin / Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
One of Puccini’s less celebrated operas, La rondine is here given a stylish production – directed by tenor Rolando Villazón no less – to try to win over the work’s critics.
Hallé; BBC Northern SO / John Barbirolli
Some ‘truly remarkable music-making’, as critic Rob Cowan puts it in Replay, from Barbirolli in Mahler and Nielsen.