Gramophone Editor’s Choice: Awards issue 2022 | The best new classical recordings
Monday, October 10, 2022
Featuring new recordings from the Sinfonia of London and John Wilson, Augustin Hadelich, Giuliano Carmignola, The Marian Consort, Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic Tézier
Recording of the month
Meyerbeer Robert le diable
Sols; Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine / Marc Minkowski
Initially a musical and theatrical sensation, but now rarely heard – surely something that this brilliantly performed recording, conducted by Marc Minkowski, will do much to address.
Sinfonia of London / John Wilson
A sumptuous sound world from a conductor and his ensemble who, album after album, impress and delight, making us relish the details of scores and the very art of recording afresh.
Augustin Hadelich vn WDR Symphony Orchestra / Cristian Măcelaru
Augustin Hadelich offers us a programme – Britten and Prokofiev concertos, plus takes on Carmen and Tárrega – that’s beautifully thought-through and gloriously played.
Mendelssohn ‘Complete String Quartets, Vol 1’
Van Kuijk Quartet
The Paris-based Van Kuijk Quartet follow their impressive Mozart surveys with an equally compelling start to a Mendelssohn string quartet cycle, one that looks to be well worth following.
JS Bach Six Solo Violin (Cello) Suites
Giuliano Carmignola vn
Such is their beauty, the Bach cello suites have often been borrowed by others to sublime effect; this wonderful set by violinist Giuliano Carmignola reveals all their spirituality.
Saint-Saëns Piano Transcriptions
Cyprien Katsaris pf
A chance to celebrate the music of Saint-Saëns – as well as, as Jeremy Nicholas rightly suggests in his review, the contribution made to musical life by this recording’s pianist, Cyprien Katsaris.
John Robinson org
A superbly recorded recital marking the 50th anniversary of the organ of Blackburn Cathedral from its Director of Music John Robinson, repertoire and – crucially of course – player both revealing it in all its sonic splendour.
The Marian Consort / Rory McCleery
Vicente Lusitano – a rare, and probably the first, example of a mixed-race Renaissance composer – is given hugely impressive and inspiring advocacy here, his music revealed for its variety and beauty.
Tippett The Midsummer Marriage
Sols; London Philharmonic Orchestra / Edward Gardner
Tippett’s opera is brought vividly to life by Edward Gardner, the LPO and a superb cast featuring many young British singers.
Jonas Kaufmann ten Ludovic Tézier bar Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Sir Antonio Pappano
A hugely enjoyable new tenor-baritone double-act album to add to your collection.
Monteverdi Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria
Sols; English Baroque Soloists / Sir John Eliot Gardiner
The pick from Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s toured trilogy of Monteverdi operas, filmed semi-staged at Venice’s La Fenice.
Paul Paray ‘The Mercury Masters, Vol 2: 1958-1962’
Detroit Symphony Orchestra / Paul Paray
Paul Paray’s Detroit performances and Mercury’s gloriously captured sound both shine anew throughout this Eloquence issue – and Volume 1 comes just as recommended!
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