Recording of the month
Crusell Clarinet Concertos
Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Michael Collins cl
These three early-19th-century concerto showpieces delightfully bring out the best of the clarinet as an instrument, and Michael Collins as a player of real virtuosity and character. Enjoy!
Adams Violin Concerto
Leila Josefowicz vn St Louis Symphony Orchestra / David Robertson
Leila Josefowicz returns to the Adams concerto on record 16 years since her last version, and triumphs, bringing to it thrilling drama, individuality and insight.
Beethoven Symphonies Nos 4 & 5
Vienna Symphony Orchestra / Philippe Jordan
This is turning out to be a cycle well worth following; as with January’s Nos 1 and 3, this pairing reveals maestro and musicians in a perfectly shared vision.
Bernstein Orchestral Works
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Christian Lindberg
Anyone looking to discover Leonard Bernstein’s own music in his anniversary year would do very well to start here: an album full of rhythm and life.
Audio Editor Andrew Everard writes: 'A wonderfully open and dynamic recording of these Bernstein favourites, played with real swing and attack by the RLPO under Christian Lindberg, and captured with great vitality by Fabian Frank in the Liverpool Philhamonic Hall. Rich, detailed and spacious, with a convincing soundstage – especially in the Qobuz ‘hi res’ download, which presents the music in the 96kHz/24bit format in which it was recorded.'
Walton Viola Concerto. Orchestral Works
James Ehnes va BBC Symphony Orchestra / Edward Gardner
Edward Gardner’s Walton journey continues with another superb release, and another superb soloist – this time James Ehnes in the Viola Concerto.
Haydn Piano Trios
When our resident Haydn advocate – David Threasher – suggests I listen to a new recording of the composer’s piano trios, it would be remiss not to! Played and recorded with great clarity throughout; a wonderful release.
Concerto Italiano / Rinaldo Alessandrini
The strong sense of ensemble generated by Rinaldo Alessandrini and his impeccable colleagues makes for a delightful, elegant and thrilling visit to the musical world of 18th-century Italy.
Schubert Piano Sonata No 21. Four Impromptus
Marc-André Hamelin pf
All new recordings by Marc-André Hamelin, one of our most inquisitive and virtuosic pianists, are eagerly anticipated; that this Schubert set should earn our critic’s high recommendation demonstrates why.
JS Bach Cantatas
Sols; Ricercar Consort / Philippe Pierlot
Three Bach cantatas united by the theme of consolation. All are beautifully, eloquently and movingly sung, matched throughout by excellent playing from the Ricercar Consort led superbly by Philippe Pierlot.
M Lambert Leçons de Ténèbres
Marc Mauillon bass et al
Marc Mauillon’s interpretation lends a strongly personal and communicative power and intimacy to a recording of these contemplative works written for the darkening days of Holy Week.
Mahler Symphony No 1
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly
An opportunity to hear Riccardo Chailly’s insight into Mahler’s First Symphony, both from the perspective of the podium through this filmed performance of 2015, and in interview.
Schumann Piano Concerto
Alfred Brendel pf Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle
‘An essential addition to the Brendel discography’ writes critic Harriet Smith.