RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Marc-André Hamelin, Leif Ove Andsnes pfs
Even on paper – Hamelin, Andsnes, Stravinsky’s Rite – this sounded thrilling. In the hearing it surpasses even those expectations; characterful, virtuoso, collaborative – and hugely impressive.
Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Piotr Anderszewski pf
Piotr Anderszewski’s previous two Mozart concerto discs have made for fascinating listening, and this pairing of Nos 25 and 27 is no exception.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja vn Polina Leschenko pf
Patricia Kopatchinskaja never fails to engage both the listener’s ears and mind with performances of personality that make scores live as if freshly discovered. Leschenko is the perfect partner.
Martha Argerich pf Sinfonia Varsovia / Alexandre Rabinovitch
Fryderyk Chopin Institute
Every Martha Argerich release seems to add more excellence to one of the most impressive of all artist discographies.
Augustin Hadelich vn
Augustin Hadelich – newly signed to Warner Classics after building a well-received catalogue of albums on Avie – turns his attention to the fiendish Paganini Caprices, and excels.
Stefan Temmingh rec Capricornus Ensemble Basel
Joyful, graceful and skilful – and presented in a thoughtful context – Stefan Temmingh’s playing of these Vivaldi concertos is an enjoyable triumph.
Sols; Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen
This family affair makes for some interesting comparisons – but most of all for some predictably superb music-making from the ever-impressive Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen.
Britten Sinfonia / Alan Tongue
‘An essential acquisition for every RVW aficionado’, concludes our reviewer Andrew Achenbach of this lovingly produced, enterprising release.
Joyce DiDonato mez Dallas Opera Orchestra / Patrick Summers
Perceptions of Jake Heggie’s music was the subject of Edward Seckerson’s inaugural column for us last year; here’s a chance – which he urges you to take – to experience it for yourself.
Audio Editor Andrew Everard writes: 'A riotous recording of Heggie’s opera, written around the considerable talents of Joyce DiDonato, and the high-resolution version (at 96kHz/24bit), makes the most of the format’s wide dynamic range and extended frequency spectrum. Those qualities make it easier to appreciate both the soundstage pictures created in this live recording (pieced together from four performances, including its premiere, in Dallas in 2015) and Heggie’s often breathless-sounding recitatives – there’s a lot of words in Terrence McNally’s libretto, and it sometimes seems the singers are working hard to get them all out. Nonetheless, this is an exciting and hugely enjoyable set, with a resonant sense of "liveness".'
Sols; Les Talens Lyriques / Christophe Rousset
Rousset in Rameau was our Recording of the Month in November; if anything he’s even more attuned the to rhythmic and dramatic impulse of Lully’s music. A very fine recording.
Sols; Mariinsky Orchestra / Valery Gergiev
A traditional staging, fine cast and excellent playing – Valery Gergiev adds another impressive recording to his growing Rimsky-Korsakov catalogue, and this time on film.
A complete celebration of the art of this extraordinary pianist: all her studio recordings, well presented.
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