Gramophone Editor’s Choice recordings – September 2014

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Read the reviews and stream this month's Editor's Choice recordings

Recording of the Month

'Dances'

Benjamin Grosvenor pf

(Decca)

‛This is a disc to prompt wonder and delight in equal measure...’ Review

Haydn Piano Concertos

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet pf Manchester Camerata / Gábor Takács-Nagy 

(Chandos)

‘Make room for Bavouzet’s entirely personal take on these concertos...’ Review

Biber Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas

Battalia; Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen‑Pilch vn 

(Ondine)

‘The sound of playing in octaves is given a particularly powerful effect...’ Review

Mendelssohn String Quintets

Mandelring Quartet; Gunter Teuffel vn 

(Audite)

‘The definitive set is complete....’ Review

Scriabin ‘Extase’

Michèle Gurdal pf 

(Challenge Classics)

‘Thundering and caressing, her lavish pedalling allows her an exceptional breadth and colour...’ Review

Ferrandini ‘Al Santo Sepolcro’

Roberta Invernizzi sop L’Opera Stravagante 

(Fra Bernardo)

‘She strikes the perfect balance between spiritual sincerity and dramatic narration...’ Review

Haydn Die Jahreszeiten

Champs-Elysées Orchestra / Philippe Herreweghe 

(PHI)

‘Herreweghe yields to no one in the cataclysmic summer tempest...’ Review

‘Canticles from St Paul’s’

St Paul’s Cathedral Choir / Andrew Carwood 

(Hyperion)

‘It’s thrilling to hear much-loved works by Stanford and Walmisley so well sung...’ Review

Charpentier La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers

Boston Early Music Festival / Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs 

(CPO)

‘Dorothee Mields is a compelling Amaranthe...’ Review

‘Semiramide’

Anna Bonitatibus mez La Stagione Armonica / Federico Ferri 

(DHM)

‘This set, sumptuously illustrated, is an absolute must-have...’ Review

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