Sols; Strasbourg Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra / John Nelson
Take some of today’s best singers, a conductor steeped in Berlioz’s sound world and the commitment of an ever-enterprising label, and the result is a landmark recording of this epic.
Rachel Podger vn Brecon Baroque
Splendid music-making from an artist, Rachel Podger, whose own performances are matched by her ability to inspire her colleagues.
José Menor pf
José Menor is a committed champion of the music of Spain and Granados, and on the strength of this wonderful performance, what a gift to his country’s culture he clearly is.
Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists / Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Soli Deo Gloria
Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s new recording celebrates music Bach wrote for Christmas in Leipzig – a release stamped with his hallmark of musical excellence.
Wiebke Lehmkuhl mez Stanislas de Barbeyrac ten Accentus; Insula Orchestra / Laurence Equilbey
Fresh from Paris’s newest venue come these orchestrations of Schubert songs.
The King’s Singers
What better way for the ever-impressive King’s Singers to mark their half century than by new recordings exploring the rich diversity of repertoire – modern, early, sacred and secular – for which they are known?
This album emerged from the York Early Music Young Artists Competition – and the competition’s 2015 winners here offer vivid, charismatic and skilful performances of this 14th-century music.
Marianne Crebassa mez Fazıl Say pf
Fin de siècle song from Duparc to late Fauré forms the basis of this impressive recital, Crebassa’s tone and shading ideal in this repertoire, well matched throughout by pianist Fazıl Say.
Sols; London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle
Expectations are high for Sir Simon Rattle’s new partnership with the LSO; this is a work he clearly loves, and the result bodes well for all that lies ahead.
Sabine Devieilhe sop Alexandre Tharaud pf Les Siècles / François-Xavier Roth
2016’s Recital Award winner takes us, like Crebassa’s ‘Secrets’, to fin de siècle France – this time, however, to the opera stage. Wonderful, glorious music-making.
Andrew Everard, Gramophone's Audio Editor, writes: 'This is a lovely recording in any format, with a beautifully light touch on the part of the production team letting the musicianship on offer shine through – but with the extra detail and ambience of the 96kHz/24bit release it really opens up, both layering the soloist and the orchestra more persuasively and giving even greater insight into Devieilhe’s vocal ability. The sound is simply magical, making a fine case for high-resolution audio.'
Soloists; Les Arts Florissants / Paul Agnew
Having excelled in Monteverdi’s Madrigals, Paul Agnew and Les Arts Florissants turn to L’Orfeo. The players are put on stage, part of the action or, as critic David Vickers puts it, part of ‘democratic music-making’.
Soloists; Boyd Neel Orchestra / Anthony Lewis
The Fairy Queen’s first recording, reissued.