Editor's Choice: March 2023 | The best new classical recordings
Monday, February 20, 2023
Puccini's Turandot, Bartók's Dance Suite, Nielsen's Symphonies Nos 2 & 6 and Rachmaninov's Études‑tableaux are among this month's Editor's Choice albums
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 March 2023 issue, beginning with the Recording of the Month.
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Recording of the month
Sols; Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome / Antonio Pappano Warner Classics
The great anticipation about this project has been happily fulfilled – superb soloists and inspired conducting by a brilliant Puccinian, Antonio Pappano, makes this an operatic success story.
Bartók Dance Suite. The Wooden Prince
WDR Symphony Orchestra / Cristian Măcelaru Linn
Christian Măcelaru and his WDR Symphony players capture Bartók’s sound world and the narrative’s journey splendidly: a terrific album indeed.
Nielsen Symphonies Nos 2 & 6
Danish National Symphony Orchestra / Fabio Luisi DG
Last month’s review of this series’s earlier instalments was a rave, and with this release of Symphonies Nos 2 and 6 Luisi brings to a close a thrilling new benchmark cycle.
‘Music for Strings’
Sinfonia of London / John Wilson Chandos
Praise for John Wilson’s Sinfonia of London will be nothing new to readers: the strength and beauty of the strings and Wilson’s instinct for ensemble makes for another triumph.
JS Bach ‘The Well-Tempered Consort, Vol 3’
A wonderful and stylishly played release from Phantasm, the third and final instalment of their enlightening albums featuring Bach arrangements for viol consort.
Henselt Complete Études
Daniel Grimwood pf Edition Peters
As Jeremy Nicholas outlines in his review, Henselt’s place in piano’s history is not reflected in recordings, something Daniel Grimwood sets out to challenge here: instant classic status, is JN’s verdict.
Nikolai Lugansky pf Harmonia Mundi
Nikolai Lugansky’s Rachmaninov recordings span his career, and his innate feeling for the composer superbly realised in the complete Études-tableaux, a truly impressive contribution to the catalogue.
Byrd ‘The Golden Renaissance’
Stile Antico Decca
Stile Antico begin the Byrd anniversary year in typically impressive style – an album which well captures their impeccable but characterful collegiality, and their glorious sense of sonic space.
Matthias Goerne bar Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen DG
Schubert songs in orchestral form, and when sung exquisitely by Matthias Goerne they lose none of their emotional intimacy.
Sandrine Piau sop David Kadouch pf Alpha
A philosophical, emotional and geographic journey told through a superb selection of songs; Sandrine Piau is a profoundly poetic guide, David Kadouch her perfect travelling companion.
Sols; La Lira di Orfeo / Federico Maria Sardelli Dynamic
Julius Prüwer ‘The Forgotten Maestro’
Julius Prüwer left a rare but largely neglected corpus of recordings – here’s an excellent chance to discover ‘The Forgotten Maestro’ through these performances from the 1920s and ’30s.
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