Gramophone Editor’s Choice recordings – December 2014

Gramophone Thu 4th December 2014

The twelve most outstanding recordings reviewed in the December issue, chosen by Editor Martin Cullingford

Recording of the Month

No 1

Schumann Szenen aus Goethes Faust

Sols; Bavarian RSO / Harding

(BR-Klassik) 

'A version of Faust one can really indulge in' Read review

No 2

Grime Night Songs

Hallé / Sir Mark Elder, Jamie Phillips 

(NMC) 

'A strong recommendation' Read review

No 3

Vivaldi Concerti per flauto 

Maurice Steger; I Barocchisti / Diego Fasolis 

(Harmonia Mundi)

'It’s pure pleasure' Read review

No 4

‘Visions Fugitives’ 

Camerata Nordica / Terje Tønnesen 

(BIS)

'The playing of the Camerata Nordica is, in a word, sensational' Read review

No 5

Haydn String Quartets, Op 20 

Doric Quartet 

(Chandos) 

'This is Vol 1. Hold your breath for the rest' Read review

No 6

Langgaard String Quartets, Vol 3 

Nightingale Quartet 

(Dacapo)

'Their playing on this final volume lives up to the sky-high standards' Read review 

No 7

‘La fauvette Passerinette’ 

Peter Hill pf 

(Delphian)

'An outstanding recital disc' Read review

No 8

Rameau Pièces de clavecin 

Mahan Esfahani hpd 

(Hyperion) 

'Unfailing wit, affection, fluency and pacing' Read review

No 9

Howells ‘When first thine eies unveil’ 

Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir / Paul Spicer 

(Somm) 

'Sung with control and tranquillity' Read review

No 10

Hartmann Simplicius Simplicissimus 

Soloists; Netherlands RPO / Markus Stenz 

(Challenge Classics) 

'Hartmann’s opera is viscerally powerful' Read review

DVD/blu-ray

Berg Lulu 

Soloists; La Monnaie, Brussels / Paul Daniel 

(Bel Air Classiques) 

'The way that the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan dominates Krzysztof Warlikowski’s nightmarish Brussels staging of Berg’s great unfinished masterpiece is remarkable' Read review

Reissue/archive

Tavener Akhmatova Requiem 

BBC SO / Gennadi Rozhdestvensky 

(NMC)

'Tavener’s Akhmatova Requiem is a masterpiece' Read review

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