Recording of the month
The Mozartists / Ian Page
A wonderful exploration of the musical life of London during Mozart’s visit as an eight year old, all beautifully and engagingly performed by Ian Page and his Mozartists. A true delight!
Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra / Adam Fischer
This Mahler cycle is shaping up to be very fine indeed; this Fifth has all the hallmarks we’ve already witnessed from Adam Fischer of brilliant music-making.
Norrköping Symphony Orchestra / Christian Lindberg
These two Allan Pettersson symphonies are given powerful advocacy, the urgency of the Seventh palpable, the music, as Guy Rickards puts it, in the musicians’ blood.
Boris Giltburg pf Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Carlos Miguel Prieto
A fiendish but fabulous piano concerto performed with a glorious blend of technical prowess and lyricism.
Audio Editor Andrew Everard writes: 'The ability of Naxos to keep producing high-quality hi-resolution recordings at bargain prices is something of a wonder, and this recording of ‘Rach 3’ by Giltburg and the RSNO is no disappointment. Opting for the 96kHz/24bit Qobuz download fills out the timbre of the soloist’s instrument, while placing it more persuasively out in front of the orchestra in a crisply-defined soundstage, while the closer focus of the Corelli Variations (recorded in a different venue) is also entirely fitting, the hi-res version again giving enhanced insight into both instrument and performance. This may be a ‘budget’ recording, but there’s nothing less than demonstration-quality sound here.'
The Nash Ensemble
A superb set of Dohnányi’s chamber music from The Nash Ensemble, which Andrew Farach-Colton rightly suggests should both win over discoverers, and please aficionados of his music.
Stephen Hough pf
A personal programme – both in terms of content, but also delivery – which charms, engages and fascinates, and highlights again just what a gifted and rounded musician Stephen Hough is.
Voices and instruments alike swiftly entice the listener with their excellence and evocative atmosphere, Gothic Voices magnificently transporting us to their 15th-century sound world.
Sandrine Piau sop Susan Manoff pf
Brilliantly and compellingly communicative as ever, Sandrine Piau’s latest recital draws on an eclectic series of songs, and again benefits from a wonderful rapport with Susan Manoff.
Gabrieli Consort / Paul McCreesh
This album contains some deeply moving singing, of music both ancient and modern – a well-crafted journey leading to the exquisitely performed contemporary title track from Matthew Martin.
Filippo Mineccia counterten Nereydas / Javier Ulises Illán
A cleverly compiled programme delves into the life of 17th-century castrato Siface, but it’s the singing from Filippo Mineccia which makes this so enjoyable.
Sols; Donizetti Opera Chorus and Orchestra / Roberto Rizzi Brignoli
‘Great fun,’ says Richard Lawrence, offering his nod of approval to this Donizetti rarity from Bergamo’s Festival devoted to the music of the composer.
Norma Fisher pf
Acclaimed today as a teacher, it’s now possible to hear on record Norma Fisher’s great gifts as a performer.