Editor’s Choice recordings – January 2015

Gramophone Mon 5th January 2015

Gramophone's Editor Martin Cullingford picks the finest recordings from this month's reviews

No 1

Monteverdi ‘Madrigali, Vol 2 – Mantova’

Les Arts Florissants / Paul Agnew

(Les Arts Florissants Editions) 

'This is consort-singing without a safety net' Read review

No 2

Berio Sinfonia

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Hannu Lintu 

(Ondine)

'A marvellous new recording' Read review

No 3

Mendelssohn & Schumann Orch Wks

Maria João Pires pf LSO / Sir John Eliot Gardiner 

(LSO Live)

'One of the most thrilling ever recorded' Read review

No 4

Corelli ‘La follia’ 

Michala Petri rec Mahan Esfahani hpd 

(OUR Recordings) 

'A masterclass in musical collaboration' Read review

No 5

Dvořák Requiem 

Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra / Antoni Wit 

(Naxos)

'This is a stunning performance' Read review

No 6

‘Invitation au Voyage’ 

Stéphanie d’Oustrac mez Pascal Jourdan pf 

(Ambronay)

'A thoroughly first-class package' Read review

No 7

‘Spirit, Strength and Sorrow’ 

The Sixteen / Harry Christophers 

(Coro) 

'Their singing is beyond criticism' Read review

No 8

‘The Spy’s Choirbook’ 

Alamire / David Skinner 

(Obsidian)

'One of the most haunting motets of all time' Read review

No 9

Hasse Siroe, re di Persia 

Soloists; Armonia Atenea / George Petrou 

(Decca)

'Recitatives crackle with dramatic conviction' Read review

No 10

Tchaikovsky Iolanta 

Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra / Emmanuel Villaume 

(DG)

'Netrebko has never been better than here' Read review

Reissue/archive

Guiomar Novaes ‘The Complete Published 78rpm Recordings’ 

Guiomar Novaes pf 

(APR mono)

'A sheer magic beautifully presented' Read review

Gramophone's monthly Editor's Choice selection is presented in association with Qobuz.

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