Recording of the month
Denis Kozhukhin pf
A beautifully played, personal selection of piano miniatures from Denis Kozhukhin touchingly captures the poetic nature of the form – that immediate summoning of a single emotion or mood.
Sofia Fomina sop London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski
Vladimir Jurowski brings real attention to detail, Mahler’s ideas brought out with compelling clarity. Excellent playing throughout from the LPO.
Haochen Zhang pf Lahti Symphony Orchestra / Dima Slobodeniouk
Haochen Zhang – a Van Cliburn winner – performs these works with imaginative command of their required virtuosity.
A debut disc – the result of success at the York Early Music Competition – from a young Baroque ensemble possessed of all the flair, creative rapport and passion required to make the music of this era such a thrilling listen.
Heinz Holliger ob et al
(ECM New Series)
A celebration of a fascinating figure for his 80th birthday: composer, conductor and oboist Heinz Holliger. Works and performances of sometimes breathtaking immediacy and intimacy.
Jan Bartoš pf
Jan Bartoš draws you closely in to Janáček’s compelling sound world, music both exposed and somehow personal, lines and details delivered from the very beginning with imagination and deep thought.
The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge / Stephen Layton
Uplifting, moving, poignant, triumphant – this gloriously, lovingly performed recital of Finzi’s music fully reflects the breadth of the composer’s masterly skill at writing for choir.
Latvian Radio Choir / Sigvards Kļava
The atmosphere and context – music as extraordinary religious expression – is magisterially conveyed here by a choir on top form, with sound engineering that captures them perfectly.
Ensemble Gilles Binchois / Dominique Vellard
The voices and players of Ensemble Gilles Binchois take us back to the 14th century with performances of engaging character, charm and conviction.
Sols; Fry Street Quartet / Steven Osgood
(Bright Shiny Things)
A modern opera for minimal forces (two singers, both playing the central transgender character, and string quartet – all bringing superb performances) from the American composer Laura Kaminsky.
Edgar Moreau vc London Symphony Orchestra / François-Xavier Roth
François-Xavier Roth’s first concert as principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra captured for film.
Jean Doyen pf
A portrait of the fastidious French pianist Jean Doyen in performances from 1930-43.