Gramophone Editor’s Choice recordings – December 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The twelve most outstanding recordings reviewed in the December issue, chosen by Editor Martin Cullingford

Recording of the Month

No 1

Schumann Szenen aus Goethes Faust

Sols; Bavarian RSO / Harding


'A version of Faust one can really indulge in' Read review

No 2

Grime Night Songs

Hallé / Sir Mark Elder, Jamie Phillips 


'A strong recommendation' Read review

No 3

Vivaldi Concerti per flauto 

Maurice Steger; I Barocchisti / Diego Fasolis 

(Harmonia Mundi)

'It’s pure pleasure' Read review

No 4

‘Visions Fugitives’ 

Camerata Nordica / Terje Tønnesen 


'The playing of the Camerata Nordica is, in a word, sensational' Read review

No 5

Haydn String Quartets, Op 20 

Doric Quartet 


'This is Vol 1. Hold your breath for the rest' Read review

No 6

Langgaard String Quartets, Vol 3 

Nightingale Quartet 


'Their playing on this final volume lives up to the sky-high standards' Read review 

No 7

‘La fauvette Passerinette’ 

Peter Hill pf 


'An outstanding recital disc' Read review

No 8

Rameau Pièces de clavecin 

Mahan Esfahani hpd 


'Unfailing wit, affection, fluency and pacing' Read review

No 9

Howells ‘When first thine eies unveil’ 

Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir / Paul Spicer 


'Sung with control and tranquillity' Read review

No 10

Hartmann Simplicius Simplicissimus 

Soloists; Netherlands RPO / Markus Stenz 

(Challenge Classics) 

'Hartmann’s opera is viscerally powerful' Read review


Berg Lulu 

Soloists; La Monnaie, Brussels / Paul Daniel 

(Bel Air Classiques) 

'The way that the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan dominates Krzysztof Warlikowski’s nightmarish Brussels staging of Berg’s great unfinished masterpiece is remarkable' Read review


Tavener Akhmatova Requiem 

BBC SO / Gennadi Rozhdestvensky 


'Tavener’s Akhmatova Requiem is a masterpiece' Read review

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