Editor's Choice recordings – July 2016

Gramophone Fri 17th June 2016

Martin Cullingford’s pick of the finest recordings from this month’s reviews

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Recording of the month

‘Dedication’ 

Piano Works by Liszt, Schumann and Chopin 

Nicholas Angelich pf 

Erato 

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.

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Nørgård Symphonies Nos 2 & 6 

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / John Storgårds 

Dacapo 

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.

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Brahms Clarinet Quintet Bruce Gumboots 

Julian Bliss cl Carducci Quartet 

Signum 

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.

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Chopin Preludes Beethoven Bagatelles 

Cristian Budu pf 

Claves 

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.

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Lawes Complete Music for Solo Lyra Viol 

Richard Boothby lyra viol 

Harmonia Mundi 

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.

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Dufay ‘Les Messes à teneur’ 

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.

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Harvey Choral Works 

Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge / Andrew Nethsingha 

St John’s/Signum 

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.

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Reger Drei Motetten 

SWR Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart / Frieder Bernius 

Carus 

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.

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Schubert Lieder 

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.

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A Scarlatti La gloria di Primavera 

Sols; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra / Nicholas McGegan 

Philharmonia Baroque 

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.

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DVD/blu-ray

Puccini La rondine 

Sols incl Alieva & Castronovo; Deutsche Oper Berlin / Roberto Rizzi Brignoli 

Delos 

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.

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Reissue/archive

Nielsen Symphony No 5 Mahler Symphony No 7

Hallé; BBC Northern SO / John Barbirolli

Barbirolli Society 

Some ‘truly remarkable music-making’, as critic Rob Cowan puts it in Replay, from Barbirolli in Mahler and Nielsen. 

 

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