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
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.
Brahms Symphony No 3. Serenade No 2
Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván Fischer
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.
Shostakovich Symphonies Nos 1, 14 & 15
Boston Symphony Orchestra / Andris Nelsons
Andris Nelson’s cycle reaches a high point, with performances exploring and relishing Shostakovich’s drama and imagination.
Tine Thing Helseth tpt Kåre Nordstoga org
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.
Randall Goosby vn Zhu Wang pf
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.
JS Bach Six Keyboard Partitas, BWV825‑30
Mahan Esfahani hpd
Mahan Esfahani offers deeply thought-through interpretations presented with compelling conviction – added to that, he’s recorded them on a captivating modern instrument.
Bull. Byrd ‘The Visionaries of Piano Music’
Kit Armstrong pf
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.
Viviana Lasaracina pf
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.
Isata Kanneh-Mason pf
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.
Mouton ‘Ezekiel’s Eagle’
Cappella Pratensis / Stratton Bull
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.
Rimsky-Korsakov The Snow Maiden
Sols; Opéra National de Paris / Mikhail Tatarnikov
‘Researched, staged, sung and filmed with true love and commitment’ writes a hugely impressed Marina Frolova‑Walker.
‘English Song Collection’
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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