Recording of the month
Sols; Le Poème Harmonique / Vincent Dumestre
An extraordinary new performance of Allegri’s Miserere which encourages us to rethink a familiar work; the wider programme adds a beautifully performed wider context.
Markus Becker pf Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra / Constantin Trinks
A fascinating new addition to Hyperion’s consistently rewarding series.
Robert Smith va da gamba et al
I was immediately struck by the sheer beauty of Robert Smith’s viola da gamba playing, joined by colleagues who share a sublime sense of musical rapport.
Taryn Fiebig sop Darryl Poulsen hn James Cuddeford vn Scott Davie, Daniel Herscovitch pf Roger Smalley tam‑tams
Roger Smalley’s music could hardly have stronger advocacy than from these players.
Emmanuelle Bertrand vc
In a crowded catalogue, it takes something special to really stand out, and this compellingly committed, full-bodied Bach cycle from Emmanuelle Bertrand does exactly that.
Igor Levit pf
Igor Levit’s albums have revealed a pianist of remarkable reflectiveness and refinement of touch. His complete survey of Beethoven’s sonatas is a fine achievement and a valuable addition to the catalogue.
Thomas Trotter org
A richly rewarding insight into Georgian London’s musical life and the diverse role the organ played in it, and a fabulous celebration of Christ Church Spitalfield’s glorious instrument.
Iestyn Davies, James Hall countertens The King’s Consort / Robert King
There are few more consistently brilliant countenors then Iestyn Davies, joined here by a recent One to Watch, James Hall.
Gerald Finley bar Julius Drake pf
Gerald Finley is an eloquently communicative, and powerful, interpreter of Schubert’s late songs, united with an equally thoughtful Julius Drake; the Brahms songs are just as moving.
The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge / Andrew Nethsingha
Take one of today’s finest collegiate choirs, experiencing a truly golden period, and music that sits at their very heart, and the result is an album which embodies Evensong’s sublime power.
Sols; Philharmonia Chorus, Vienna; Ensemble Matheus / Jean‑Christophe Spinosi
‘A production of this opera that’s as good as any of us is ever likely to see’, writes RO.
Vladimir Horowitz pf
While a pricier purchase than usual in this slot, it’s also something very special: in a digital age, this beautifully researched and presented release shows just what a physical product can do.
Read the Gramophone review in the Awards 2019 issue
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