Gramophone Editor’s Choice: August 2021

Friday, July 9, 2021

Outstanding new recordings of Mahler's Symphony No 7, Brahms's Symphony No 3, Shostakovich's Symphonies Nos 1, 14 & 15, Bach's Six Keyboard Partitas and more


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Recording of the month

Mahler Symphony No 7

Bavarian State Orchestra / Kirill Petrenko

BSO Recordings

A remarkable recording of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, Kirill Petrenko revealing detail as if new, presenting it with thrilling vividness and weaving it into a performance of stunning impact.

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Brahms Symphony No 3. Serenade No 2

Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván Fischer

Channel Classics

Iván Fischer leads his players in a richly expressive performance of both Brahms’s Third Symphony and Second Serenade, a beautiful orchestral sound wonderfully caught throughout.

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Shostakovich Symphonies Nos 1, 14 & 15

Boston Symphony Orchestra / Andris Nelsons

DG

Andris Nelson’s cycle reaches a high point, with performances exploring and relishing Shostakovich’s drama and imagination.

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‘Magical Memories’

Tine Thing Helseth tpt Kåre Nordstoga org

LAWO

A programme of evergreen favourites – for trumpeter and audiences alike (though with many discoveries too!) – all played with a joyful sense of evident love for the repertoire.

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‘Roots’

Randall Goosby vn Zhu Wang pf

Decca

An excellent debut from a recent Decca signing – one taught by Itzhak Perlman no less – whose album shines a spotlight on neglected music, some new works, and most of all on a wonderful young violinist.

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JS Bach Six Keyboard Partitas, BWV825‑30

Mahan Esfahani hpd

Hyperion

Mahan Esfahani offers deeply thought-through interpretations presented with compelling conviction – added to that, he’s recorded them on a captivating modern instrument.

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Bull. Byrd ‘The Visionaries of Piano Music’

Kit Armstrong pf

DG

Kit Armstrong brings a personal modern vision to this keyboard music of centuries past, gracing it with a sensitivity and affection that feels entirely of our time.

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Granados Goyescas

Viviana Lasaracina pf

Dynamic

Enrique Granados’s atmospheric masterpiece Goyescas is offered here by Viviana Lasaracina in an entrancing album; she embraces the work’s colours and passion, and brilliantly brings it all to life. 

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‘Summertime’

Isata Kanneh-Mason pf

Decca

Isata Kanneh-Mason follows her debut of Clara Schumann’s music by offering her advocacy to another well-chosen programme, this time of American composers, all played with great warmth. 

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Mouton ‘Ezekiel’s Eagle’

Cappella Pratensis / Stratton Bull

Challenge Classics

Cappella Pratensis prove themselves to be an ensemble of exquisite skill, voices steeped in both artistry and personality, Jean Mouton’s music shaped and sung superbly.

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DVD/blu-ray

Rimsky-Korsakov The Snow Maiden

Sols; Opéra National de Paris / Mikhail Tatarnikov

BelAir Classiques

‘Researched, staged, sung and filmed with true love and commitment’ writes a hugely impressed Marina Frolova‑Walker.

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Reissue/archive

‘English Song Collection’

Naxos

An attractively compiled 25-CD set from Naxos, and one offering immense riches from some of the very finest singers and pianists in this repertoire.


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