Gramophone Editor’s Choice: January 2022 | The best new classical recordings
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
The best new classical recordings reviewed in the January 2022 issue of Gramophone, featuring Lise Davidsen & Leif Ove Andsnes, Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Sol Gabetta, Cecilia Bartoli and more...
Recording of the month
Lise Davidsen sop Leif Ove Andsnes pf
This magazine’s admiration for the young soprano Lise Davidsen has led to a number of accolades already – and this album, on which Leif Ove Andsnes proves a perfect partner, deserves another.
Messiaen Orchestral Works
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Kent Nagano
This superb collection of large-scale works by Messiaen, including Poèmes pour Mi and a remarkable La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus‑Christ, is brilliantly recorded.
Arensky. Shostakovich Piano Trios
Trio Con Brio Copenhagen
Two trios from Shostakovich – including his extraorindary Second – and one from Arensky, played with compelling conviction by Trio Con Brio Copenhagen.
Bartók String Quartets, Vol 2
Incredibly vivid Bartók-playing from the Ragazze Quartet, full of gripping physicality (superbly captured) which always seems to probe the music’s extremes in a way which feels utterly enticing.
Saint-Saëns ‘Chamber Music with Winds’
Soloists of the Orchestre de Paris
A truly delightful contribution to Saint-Saëns anniversary events – a survey of his chamber music for wind instrument, from the players of the Orchestre de Paris.
‘Sol & Pat’
Patricia Kopatchinskaja vn Sol Gabetta vc
Two brilliantly individual soloists bring their personalities to a partnership (and to incredibly diverse repertoire!) and an album that delights from beginning to end.
‘Time Traveler’s Suite’
Inon Barnatan pf
A fascinating and thought-provoking piece of programming – spanning the Baroque to the 21st century – that works wonderfully, thanks of course to Inon Barnatan’s hugely impressive pianism.
Monteverdi ‘Daylight – Stories of Songs, Dances and Loves’
Concerto Italiano / Rinaldo Alessandrini
A sequel to Concerto Italiano’s 2017 album of nocturnal-themed madrigals again spans Monteverdi’s life to build an inspired recital.
Cecilia Bartoli mez Basel Chamber Orchestra / Muhai Tang
These ‘Unreleased’ Cecilia Bartoli tracks date from back in 2013 – but, full as they are of the mezzo’s famed dramatic presence and jaw-dropping virtuosity, they are well worth the wait!
Handel ‘Handel’s Unsung Heroes’
Sols; La Nuova Musica / David Bates
A splendid line-up of Handel soloists – including Iestyn Davies and Lucy Crowe – joins players on equally stunning form for another triumph masterminded by conductor David Bates.
Sols; Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid / Ivor Bolton
C Major Entertainment
A stylish production and a superb lead in soprano Asmik Grigorian makes for a highly recommendable Rusalka on DVD.
Verdi Messa da Requiem
Sols; Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra / Riccardo Muti
A live recording from 1981 of Verdi’s mighty Requiem conducted by Riccardo Muti – his fourth on record now, and a very fine addition – boasts an impressive line-up of soloists.
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