Recording of the month
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen / Steven Isserlis vc
Isserlis’s ever-questing career is one we have all gained much fulfillment from following – and in revisiting repertoire, as here, he offers an even greater insight into his journey.
BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Martyn Brabbins
A composer with a wonderful grasp of the possibilities for colour from an orchestra, something Brabbins and his colleagues clearly relish in this fine-sounding recording.
Baltic CO/ Emmanuel Leducq-Barôme
The Strauss string texture is captured compellingly by the mics; the well-chosen coupling is equally as impressive.
Ensemble Marsyas / Peter Whelan
Proof, if needed, that Baroque music can continue to surprise us, as Lindsay Kemp puts it. A rare outing for some of this repertoire – but why? Perhaps this disc will change that.
Alina Ibragimova vn Cédric Tiberghien pf
Shaping up to be a cycle destined to define this music for a long time, on disc at least; Ibragimova and Tiberghien again treat later and early works with the same belief and conviction.
Nelson Freire pf
This is music that Freire, one of our age’s most continually enriching pianists, has long lived with. The result is a Brahms recording that leaves critic Harriet Smith in no doubt of its, and Freire’s, brilliance.
Our Audio Editor writes: 'What a wonderfully dynamic and enticing recording this is! The 96kHz/24bit Qobuz download really opens up the sound to reveal both the character of the instrument and the expression of the performances, and also an almost palpable sense of the recorded acoustic. It’s not only a hugely enjoyable set, but also a truly demonstration-quality hi-fi experience.'
Ilker Arcayürek ten Simon Lepper pf
Our reviewer reaches for some of the greatest tenors by point of comparison, and Arcayürek emerges with head held high as an impressive part of an ongoing tradition.
Latvian Radio Choir / Kaspars Putniņš
This is a truly beautiful album of Latvian choral works performed by singers clearly completely immersed in its musical and cultural foundations.
Ann Hallenberg mez Il Pomo d’Oro / Stefano Montanari vn
Step into Venice in full festive flow as Hallenberg offers arias from seven operas you’d have heard if you were there in 1729: historical research bears fabulous fruits for the ears!
Pygmalion / Raphaël Pichon
Praise here for a complete package – performance and presentation alike – that offers a thrilling and fascinating insight into the early days of opera from, appropriately enough, a Gramophone Award-winner from last year.
London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle
If you can’t make it to the Barbican to watch the new partnership in person, then here’s an excellent chance to observe Rattle and his new London colleagues in action. As Mark Pullinger puts it, it augurs well!
Staatskapelle Dresden / Otmar Suitner
Suitner’s fine archive Mozart is, as Rob Cowan writes, well worth investigating.