Gramophone Editor’s Choice: September 2021
Monday, August 9, 2021
‘Journey Through a Century’ from violinist Sueye Park is our Recording of the Month alongside outstanding new recordings from Doric Quartet, Sean Shibe, Gothic Voices, Il Giardino Armonico and more
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Recording of the month
‘Journey Through a Century’
Sueye Park vn
An extraordinary album of solo repertoire, Sueye Park transcending the technical demands with performances of vivid character, drama, emotion and engagement – captured in superb sound too.
Haydn Symphonies Nos 6-8
Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini
‘A spirit of shared enjoyment’ writes reviewer Richard Wigmore – a description that embodies this team’s many superb Haydn recordings, to which this is a triumphant addition.
‘History of the Russian Piano Trio, Vol 4’
The Brahms Trio
The Brahms Trio present works by Arensky and Taneyev with elegance and brilliant musicianship – an excellent starting point for exploring all five volumes of this outstanding series.
Mozart ‘Prussian’ String Quartets
The Doric Quartet continue to enrich the catalogue with another recording full of exactly what makes chamber music so rewarding: exploration, conversation, joyful collaboration and superb artistry.
‘La clarinette parisienne’
Michael Collins cl Noriko Ogawa pf
Master of the clarinet Michael Collins’s beauty of tone and impeccable shaping of phrase seems an absolutely perfect fit for these early (or turn-of-the-) 20th-century French works.
Mozart Piano Duet Sonatas K497 & 251
Ferenc Rados, Kirill Gerstein pf
This is truly joyful. A revered teacher and one of his most free-thinking students joined in duets that, as Michelle Assay puts it, ‘reminds you why you fell in love with music in the first place’.
Sean Shibe gtr
Each of these mainly Spanish works feels like a beautifully crafted and intimate painting – delicate, reflective, exquisite, mysterious – quietly gifted to listeners by a guitarist whose instinct for colour compels and transfixes.
‘Echoes of an Old Hall’
Music from the Old Hall Manuscript
Music from the Old Hall manuscript, a hugely important collection of English medieval music, performed with atmospheric beauty by Gothic Voices.
Kateřina Kněžíková sop Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostrava / Robert Jindra
Soprano Kateřina Kněžíková’s tone – warm, drawn straight from the heart – seems perfect for this repertoire of dreamy, richly coloured orchestral songs.
Corigliano The Ghosts of Versailles
Sols; Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal / Joseph Colaneri
Château de Versailles Spectacles
A new (audio and visual) recording of this opera made, fittingly enough, exactly where the events are set: the Palace of Versailles.
R Strauss Elektra
Sols; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst
C Major Entertainment
A towering performance, an unsettling vision – ‘I found the whole thing utterly compelling,’ concludes Tim Ashley.
Christoph Prégardien ten
Intelligent, poetic, human and always communicative, Christoph Prégardien’s Schubert lieder has long been a highlight of the catalogue: this reissue set of the composer’s song cycles is self-recommending.