Gramophone Editor’s Choice: June 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021
Introducing outstanding new recordings of music by Mozart, JS Bach, Richard Strauss, Bartók, Ysaÿe, Franck, Hindemith and much more...
Recording of the month
Mozart ‘Momentum 1785’
Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Leif Ove Andsnes pf
This is a beautifully performed and recorded album of Mozart music from Leif Ove Andsnes and his Mahler CO colleagues, one clearly created amid a spirit of warm collaboration.
R Strauss Burleske. Ein Heldenleben
Bertrand Chamayou pf Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Antonio Pappano
A glorious showcase of Pappano’s partnership with his Rome ensemble, and with Chamayou thrilling in the Burleske.
‘The Moon & the Forest’
Miloš Karadaglić gtr
Miloš introduces us to two engaging new concertos for guitar by Howard Shore and Joby Talbot, both written and performed with a clear affection for the instrument’s sonority and soul.
Hindemith Wind Sonatas
Les Vents Français; Éric Le Sage pf
Five superb woodwind soloists, paired with a perfect pianist partner in Éric Le Sage (and all captured in vivid sound), makes for a truly compelling album of Hindemith.
Franck Organ Works
Pétur Sakari org
Pétur Sakari’s album of Franck organ music on the fabulous sounding Cavaillé-Coll instrument of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Orléans (excellently recorded by BIS), is a wonderful sonic spectacular.
Ysaÿe Six Solo Violin Sonatas
James Ehnes vn
A recording that owes much to our times, emotionally and practically – it was home-recorded during lockdown – this is a very fine survey of Ysaÿe’s solo violin sonatas from James Ehnes.
JS Bach ‘Meins Lebens licht’
Collegium Vocale Gent / Philippe Herreweghe
An exquisite addition, rich in texture and colour, to the impressive Bach catalogue being created by Philippe Herreweghe and his superb Collegium Vocale Gent.
Louise Alder sop Joseph Middleton pf
Evocative and splendid singing from Louise Alder, a soprano who embodies all the atmosphere and mystery of this gorgeous programme, just as does pianist Joseph Middleton in his playing.
The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge / Andrew Nethsingha
The contribution of Andrew Nethsingha and St John’s College, Cambridge to the Evensong tradition – both in the chapel and on record – deserves great praise; another fascinating album.
Bartók Duke Bluebeard’s Castle
Sols; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Susanna Mälkki
Exceptional soloists and a conductor who shapes the score brilliantly create a fine recording of Bartók’s dark opera, warmly welcomed by Edward Seckerson.
Mozart Così fan tutte
Sols; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Joana Mallwitz
This month’s One to Watch, Joana Mallwitz, conducts a Così fan tutte from Salzburg boasting some superb soloists.
‘The Forgotten Recordings’
Cleveland Orchestra / George Szell
A set from Somm which shows off Szell’s music-making at its best, including excellent performances of Smetana’s Vltava and Stravinsky’s 1919 Firebird Suite, plus music from Schumann, Strauss and Mozart.
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