Editor's Choice recordings – October 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
Martin Cullingford’s pick of the finest recordings from this month’s reviews
Recording of the Month
JS Bach Organ Works
Masaaki Suzuki org
Suzuki’s Bach has long been a staple of our reviews pages, but not usually on organ – yet all that rich Bach experience is brought to bear in this glorious and brilliantly played celebration of both composer and instrument. Read the review | Buy from Qobuz
Dutilleux Symphony No 2
Augustin Hadelich vn Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Ludovic Morlot
(Seattle Symphony Media)
Fitzenhagen. Tchaikovsky ‘The Romantic Cello Concerto, Vol 7’
Alban Gerhardt vc Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Stefan Blunier
An enjoyable pairing of an acclaimed artist with a lesser-known work from Hyperion. Read the review
Vivaldi The Four Seasons
La Serenissima / Adrian Chandler vn
Brahms String Quartets Nos 1 & 3
These performances from the Artemis Quartet are vivid, full of drama and also of quiet beauty. It’s a disc of Brahms – as our critic Peter Quantrill puts it – of, and for, our time.
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Silvestrov ‘To Thee We Sing’
Latvian Radio Choir / Sigvards Kļava
Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge / Andrew Nethsingha
Audio Editor Andrew Everard writes: 'Recorded in the chapel at St John’s College, Cambridge, this latest collection of choral classics by the college choir has a near-perfect combination of performance and recorded ambience, the latter made especially clear in the 24-bit/96kHz Qobuz download. Compared to the 'CD quality' files, the hi-res version delivers more power in the lower registers of the organ on the wonderful reading of Parry’s I was glad, while those treble voices soar into an even more airy and open acoustic. Striking, too, is the ethereal sound of the beautifully measured performance of Tavener’s Song for Athene, building to a scintillating climax.'
A Scarlatti ‘Con eco d’amore’
Elizabeth Watts sop The English Concert / Laurence Cummings
Sols; Gürzenich Orchestra, Cologne / Dmitri Kitaenko
Oehms F b OC963
Wagner Das Rheingold
Sols; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle
An impressively played, excellently conducted and engagingly sung Das Rheingold from Rattle, and one recorded in very good sound too.
Read the review
Britten ‘The String Quartets’
Chamber DVDs don’t often feature in this slot, so take this opportunity to watch a highly communicative and musically superb quartet explore Britten.
The Complete Philips Recordings
Stephen Kovacevich pf
Decca 478 8662DB25
A perfect celebratory follow-up to the subject of last issue’s Icons feature by Geraint Lewis.