Recording of the month
Christian Tetzlaff; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Hannu Lintu
From the fierce rhythms to the moments of great fragility, Christian Tetzlaff, a supreme soloist, and Hannu Lintu take us on a thrilling journey through Bartók’s two violin concertos.
Royal Northern Sinfonia / Lars Vogt
An enjoyable cycle reaches its conclusion in considerable style – the rapport between Lars Vogt and his Northern Sinfonia feels natural and joyous after a rewarding journey.
Sols; BBC Symphony Orchestra / Martyn Brabbins
A fine birthday present for Ferneyhough’s 75th, his music – complex, sometimes confrontational, often demanding – given truly skilful and devoted advocacy.
Brecon Baroque / Rachel Podger
If ever a disc were self-recommending, this is it: one of today’s most consistently brilliant Baroque violinists, records one of the era’s most famed and engaging works. Enjoy!
Synergy Vocals; Colin Currie Group
Colin Currie Records
One of minimalism’s most significant – and most epic – works is given a mesmeric performance by Colin Currie and colleagues, who beautifully handle its rhythmic patterns and phasing.
Audio Editor Andrew Everard notes: 'Complex recordings like this, with the multiple percussion patterns interweaving and interplaying, really benefit from the additional clarity of the 96kHz/24bit Qobuz download. The higher resolution also brings with it greater dynamic range for more drama, heightening the thrilling impact of the work. This is truly demonstration-quality.'
One is left feeling that the hugely impressive Elias Quartet have thought about every nuance and detail of these works; add in the rich sound, and it’s a very fine release indeed.
Paul Lewis pf
If last month’s interview with Paul lewis whetted your appetite for what we hope may be a long Haydn sonata journey, this well chosen first set won’t disappoint!
Julien Brocal pf
There’s a sensitive, beguiling grace to Julien Brocal’s playing throughout this recital, which seems to effortlessly convey a captivating world of colour and mood.
The Tenebrae Responsories are full of poignant inner drama, something Victoria’s music well embodies, and which Stile Antico powerfully capture in this highly communicative performance.
Operatic excerpts by Gluck and Rameau
Sols; Pygmalion / Raphaël Pichon
An intriguing concept, about which our critic had his doubts, though none at all about these thrilling performances, bursting with a gripping theatricality.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Aaron Copland
A chance to see Aaron Copland conducting his own works – ‘a great watch, and a rewarding listen as well’ writes our reviewer Christian Hoskins.
Alfredo Campoli vn LPO / Boult; Bliss
The standout set from a wonderful series celebrating the legacy of Alfredo Campoli.