Gramophone Editor’s Choice: July 2021

Friday, June 11, 2021

Editor Martin Cullingford introduces outstanding new recordings of Brahms’s Piano Concertos, Bach’s Orchestral Suites, Mozart’s Serenades, Duruflé’s Organ Works and more

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Recording of the Month

Brahms Piano Concertos

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / András Schiff pf

ECM New Series

These beautiful period-instrument performances, directed by András Schiff from a restored 1859 Blüthner, bring a compelling freshness to Brahms’s much-loved piano concertos.

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JS Bach Orchestral Suites

Concerto Copenhagen / Lars Ulrik Mortensen


Prepare to dance, reviewer Mark Seow suggests of Concerto Copenhagen and Lars Ulrik Mortensen’s album of Bach suites – a brilliant example of this wonderful group at its best.

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Schreker Der Geburtstag der Infantin Zemlinsky Die Seejungfrau

RLPO / Vasily Petrenko


Vasily Petrenko and his superb Merseyside musicians reveal their rich rapport once again in two orchestral works of lush late Romanticism.

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Barber. Beach. Price ‘American Quintets’

Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective


A splendid debut from the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective of a fascinating programme, including the premiere recording of Florence Price’s Quintet.

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Mozart Serenades Nos 10 & 11

Sols of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Harmonia Mundi

Another new recording of the Gran Partita, and like all the best takes on this masterpiece it absolutely delights; period-performance Mozart at its most engaging.

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Duruflé Complete Organ Works

Thomas Trotter org

King’s College

A riveting journey through Duruflé’s complete organ music from the ever-brilliant Thomas Trotter, who draws the most beautiful colours from the recently restored King’s College, Cambridge organ.

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Vladigerov Piano Works

Nadejda Vlaeva pf


The richly Romantic sound-world of 20th-century Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladigerov is brought to entrancing life by Nadejda Vlaeva on this splendid new addition to Hyperion’s catalogue.

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‘Melancholy Grace’

Jean Rondeau hpd


This is an entrancing offering from harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, one of at times almost otherworldly intensity as he takes us on a Europe-wide exploration of music of the most reflective nature. 

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Kate Lindsey mez Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen


Power, its corruption and corrosiveness, is the subject of this exquisite album from mezzo Kate Lindsey, joined by the brilliantly attentive artistry of Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo.

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Handel Rodelinda

Sols; The English Concert / Harry Bicket


A superb soloist line-up and perfect shaping of the drama by the conductor Harry Bicket makes for a new top recommendation of Handel’s Rodelinda for reviewer Richard Wigmore.

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Handel Ariodante

Sols incl Cecilia Bartoli; Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco / Gianluca Capuano

C Major Entertainment

The music-making couldn’t be more highly praised by Richard Lawrence in this ‘compulsively watchable’ Salzburg staging.

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Coates. Coward. Elgar. Purcell Orchestral Works

Coates, Corbett, Sargent

Decca Eloquence

A wonderfully attractive double album of British works from Eloquence, full of music and music-making that’s both affectionate and engaging. An excellent addition to the label’s superb catalogue.

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