Editor's Choice: January 2023 | The best new classical recordings

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

The Editor's pick of the albums reviewed in the January 2023 issue, featuring new releases from Javier Camarena, Roderick Williams and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

In every issue of Gramophone, Editor Martin Cullingford chooses 12 albums (10 new releases, plus one DVD/blu-ray and one archive recommendation) as his Editor's Choice. Below, you will find the albums selected as Editor's Choice in the January 2023 issue, beginning with the Recording of the Month. 

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Recording of the Month

Donizetti ‘Signor Gaetano’ 

Javier Camarena ten Coro Donizetti Opera; Gli Originali / Riccardo Frizza


Mexican tenor Javier Camarena offers a personal and musically thrilling tribute to Donizetti. A singer on top form, in repertoire he has a clear affection for and affinity with – a splendid album.

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Beethoven Five Piano Concertos 

Haochen Zhang pf Philadelphia Orchestra / Nathalie Stutzmann


Van Cliburn Gold Medal winner and Avery Fisher Prize recipient, Haochen Zhang now adds a hugely impressive Beethoven concerto set to his list of achievments.

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Langgaard Symphony No 1 

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Sakari Oramo 


The Berlin Philharmonic premiered this work – Langgaard’s First Symphony – back in 1913; under Oramo, they bring immense understanding and instinct to it today.  

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Guðmundsson Windbells 

Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra 

Sono Luminus 

Crystalline, clarity of texture – Andrew Mellor’s well-chosen words perfectly capture what makes Icelandic composer Hugi Gumundsson’s music so fascinating, and so worth hearing. 

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Martinů Two Cello Sonatas

Johannes Moser vc Andrei Korobeinikov pf


A perfect control of rhythm allows for beautifully expressive playing – Johannes Moser and Andrei Korobeinikov offer a wonderful set of Martin≤’s cello sonatas. 

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Rzewski The People United Will Never Be Defeated! 

Vadym Kholodenko pf


Another Rzewski cycle to add to recent acclaimed recordings, but one every bit as personally thought-through as the composer might have hoped. Vadym Kholodenko is on fine form.

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Handel ‘Eternal Heaven’ 

Lea Desandre sop Iestyn Davies counterten Jupiter / Thomas Dunford lute


A beautiful exploration of arias drawn from Handel’s English oratorios, from singers and players of immense distinction.

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Monteverdi Madrigals, Book 7 

Concerto Italiano / Rinaldo Alessandrini 


A gorgeously performed and recorded album from an artist, Rinaldo Alessandrini, with a richly personal association with Monteverdi’s madrigals, their musicality and humanity. 

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Pascoe Secular Requiem 

Truro Cathedral Choir; BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Christopher Gray 


A powerful tribute both to Russell Pascoe’s work and to Christopher Gray’s leadership of Truro Cathedral’s music-making. 

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‘A Shropshire Lad’ 

Roderick Williams bar Hallé Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder


A singer of extraordinarily communicative skill, as composer Roderick Williams has wonderfully orchestrated these much-loved works with care and understanding. 

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Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur 

Sols; Chorus and Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale, Florence / Daniel Harding 


An intriguing and engaging directorial take on Cilea’s opera, with Daniel Harding leading the music-making excellently. 

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Haydn. Schubert String Quartets 

Musical Art Quartet 


A historic ensemble caught at a period of particular beauty, Rob Cowan is entranced by the Musical Art Quartet’s inner glow in this outstanding Biddulph set. 

Read the reviews of all of these albums – and many more – in the January 2023 issue of Gramophone. Never miss an issue of the world's leading classical music magazine – subscribe to Gramophone today

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