Gramophone Editor's Choice: May 2021
Friday, April 16, 2021
Editor Martin Cullingford introduces outstanding new recordings from Phantasm, Sandrine Piau, Johan Dalene & Christian Ihle Hadland, Anna Lucia Richter, Peter Jablonski, Ludovic Tézier, and much more...
Recording of the Month
‘Proust, Le concert retrouvé’
Théotime Langlois de Swarte vn Tanguy de Williencourt pf
A truly delightful and lovingly performed recital, recreating a 1907 private concert held by Proust, and using two instruments of glorious character and colour held in Paris’s Musée de la Musique.
Carter The Minotaur. Pocahontas
Boston Modern Orchestra Project / Gil Rose
Another significant contribution to our understanding of modern and American music from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project under their conductor Gil Rose.
JS Bach ‘The Well-Tempered Consort, Vol 2’
This is an album of completely compelling collaboration from the Gramophone Award-winning viol consort, a richly rewarding immersion into the complexity and beauty of Bach’s world.
Johan Dalene vn Christian Ihle Hadland pf
Violinist Johan Dalene – winner of the prestigious Carl Nielsen Competition in 2019 – and pianist Christian Ihle Hadland mesmerise in Nordic music old and new.
Stanchinsky Piano Works
Peter Jablonski pf
Early 20th-century composer Alexey Stanchinsky’s music will be a discovery for many if not most, and it can ask for no better advocacy than that of Peter Jablonski in this wonderful recording.
Berg. R Strauss. Zemlinsky ‘Clair-obscur’
Sandrine Piau sop Orchestre ‘Victor Hugo’ Franche‑Comté / Jean‑François Verdier
Soprano Sandrine Piau offers a beautifully crafted and movingly sung recital.
Monteverdi ‘Il delirio della passione’
Anna Lucia Richter sop Ensemble Claudiana / Luca Pianca
Anna Lucia Richter embodies all the drama and tragedy of these Monteverdi heroines with gripping immediacy, backed by equally expressive instrumental colleagues.
Pergolesi Stabat mater
Giulia Semenzato sop Lucile Richardot mez Ensemble Resonanz / Riccardo Minasi
There’s an incredible intensity and individuality to these performances – a Pergolesi Stabat mater of real poignancy.
‘The Sweetest Songs’ Music from the Baldwin Partbooks, Vol 3
Contrapunctus / Owen Rees
An exquisite album of early music from Contrapunctus, concluding a superb survey of works from the Baldwin Partbooks, a major collection of Tudor church music.
Ludovic Tézier bar Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna / Frédéric Chaslin
Ludovic Tézier’s baritone voice and interpretative flair makes this a vivid journey through some of the key Verdi roles he’s thrilled opera houses with.
‘A Legend Reborn: The Voice of King’s’
Fugue State Films
A story of a famous instrument, of an institution, of devoted craftsmen and builders … the interwoven worlds which meet in music are brought brilliantly to life in the latest film from Fugue State Films.
Emma Boynet ‘The Complete Solo 78rpm Recordings and Fauré LPs’
Emma Boynet pf
‘A beautiful and often exhilarating set’, writes Rob Cowan in Replay of this collection drawing on 78s by French pianist Emma Boynet, in a breadth of repertoire.
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