Recording of the Month
Mark Padmore ten Charles Owen pf Sacconi Quartet
Two highly engaging chamber works are followed by a moving response to the Syrian conflict. Beautifully performed, it’s a very impressive insight into a distinctive composer.
Australian Chamber Orchestra / Richard Tognetti vn
Tognetti and his ACO colleagues bring their trademark energy and virtuosity to this hugely enjoyable programme.
Håkan Hardenberger tpt Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra / John Storgårds
Two contemporary concertos for trumpet, performed by – as Andrew Mellor puts it – a ‘dream team’ of musicians.
What an era it seems to be for fine young string quartets, with the excellent Škampa Quartet deservedly numbering among them, as this superb Dvořák disc demonstrates in style.
Elisabeth Brauss pf
A really note-worthy debut this. Young German pianist Elisabeth Brauss’s first disc demonstrates impressive assurance, freshness, intelligence and, most of all, talent. A pianist to watch.
Matthew Wadsworth lute
This beautiful recital wraps carefully chosen and elegantly played historic repertoire around a fascinating new work from Stephen Goss, drawing imaginatively on the theorbo’s unique sound.
Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
So frequent an appearance on this page is Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan – Bach recording veterans of 22 years – that one can only reiterate past praise again!
Holger Falk bar Steffen Schleiermacher pf
Dabringhaus und Grimm
The first part of an anticipated four-volume survey of Hanns Eisler’s songs, baritone Holger Falk and pianist Steffen Schleiermacher offering, as critic Hugo Shirley puts it, terrific performances.
Netherlands Chamber Choir; Asko|Schönberg / Reinbert de Leeuw
ECM New Series
A treasure trove of György Kurtág’s compositions, his diversity of approach demonstrated over this three-disc set.
Ars Nova Copenhagen / Paul Hillier
Paul Hillier directs a disc of contemporary choral works that offers a beautiful journey through modern music, sung – and recorded – with evident care and passion.
Sols incl Ventris & Lang; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Iván Fischer
The visual collaboration of Pierre Audi and Anish Kapoor – and of course, musically, Iván Fischer in the pit – is here captured on film.
A significant set, Harry Newstone’s early stereo Brandenburg Concertos get a deserved re-release.