Recording of the month
The Sixteen; Britten Sinfonia / Harry Christophers
A highly moving setting of this ancient text – James MacMillan’s score embodies Mary’s grief and pain with extraordinary power. The Sixteen respond with singing of searing intensity.
Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra / Ivor Bolton
‘Plenty to intrigue and delight’, writes reviewer Richard Wigmore, perfectly capturing why this set of Clementi symphonies is well worth exploring and enjoying.
Johannes Moser vc Suisse Romande Orchestra / Andrew Manze
We’ve had a number of very fine Elgar Cello Concerto discs of late, and Johannes Moser’s is right up there with them.
La Serenissima / Adrian Chandler
Delightfully spirited and full of vitality, there’s a palpable sense of the thrill of collaborative music-making throughout this impressive recording from Baroque specialists La Serenissima.
James Ehnes vn Andrew Armstrong pf
James Ehnes, one of today’s most thoughtful and consistently superb solo violinists, and pianist Andrew Armstrong on equally brilliant form, offer their first disc of Beethoven violin sonatas.
The Nash Ensemble
Compelling immediacy – both in terms of the performance and the vivid recorded sound – allows this disc to make a strong case for Bruch’s chamber music.
William Carter lute
William Carter brings a remarkable depth of artistry to whichever member of the early plucked string family – and whichever composer – he’s playing: here it’s the lute, and Bach, and it’s a beautiful listen.
Sunwook Kim pf
The familiar is rendered striking in these performances of some of the best-known works in the solo piano repertoire; a disc that confirms Sunwook Kim as a very fine artist indeed.
Andrew Everard, Gramophone Audio Editor, writes: 'DF’s review makes only "incidental" reference to the recording quality in his review of this striking set, but the sound here really is one of the real stars of the show – and even more so in the 192kHz-24bit download from Qobuz. The acoustic opens up, appearing almost to wrap around the listener, while the presence of the piano in the space is quite remarkable, adding significantly to the impact of the set.'
Gabrieli Consort & Players / Paul McCreesh
Paul McCreesh takes the substantial music forces here gathered, adds energy and a sure sense of the work’s grandeur and moments of beauty, and offers us something really rather special.
Ruby Hughes sop Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann vc Jonas Nordberg theorbo
The young British soprano Ruby Hughes brings interpretations of aching beauty to these 17th-century pieces, every song so personal and communicative.
Sols; Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera; Bavarian State Orchestra / Zubin Mehta
C Major Entertainment
An unusual though intriguing staging concept, plus fine performances, earn this a ‘strongly recommended’ from reviewer Mike Ashman.
‘Even more revelatory than the first three volumes’, suggests Rob Cowan of the latest instalment in this Michael Gielen series.