Recording of the month
Mahler Symphony No 10
Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard
(Seattle Symphony Media)
This is a very impressive Mahler Tenth. Playing is of the highest order throughout, but, as is crucial in this work, Dausgaard’s vision is both compelling and beautifully conveyed.
Copland Orchestral Works, Vol 2
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / John Wilson
Disc two in Wilson’s Copland series takes us to less well-known works, but with the rigour of understanding and complete conviction that are this conductor’s hallmark.
B Dean Shadow Music
Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Brett Dean
BIS continues its advocacy of the Australian composer and ex-Berlin Philharmonic viola player’s music with this captivating disc.
Mendelssohn String Quartets Nos 3 & 5
The Parker Quartet continue their Mendelssohn exploration with a masterclass in ensemble collaboration, rich in ideas and unity of vision.
Pavel Kolesnikov pf
The young Russian pianist – a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme – shows a remarkable command and originality in this superb Chopin set.
D Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas, Vol 4
Pierre Hantaï hpd
The gradual continuation of this Scarlatti series serves up another deeply thought-out recording, both eloquent and entertaining, and extraordinarily skilled in execution.
Bednall Stabat mater. Ave Maria. Marian Suite
Benenden Chapel Choir / Edward Whiting
The British composer already has a growing discography; this new addition from Regent focuses on his substantial and imaginative setting of the deeply moving Marian hymn.
Krenek Reisebuch Zemlinsky Songs
Florian Boesch bar Roger Vignoles pf
Exceptional Lieder singing from baritone Florian Boesch – engagingly communicative throughout – in a perfect partnership with pianist Roger Vignoles.
Hidden Music of the Russian Church
Moscow Patriarchal Choir / Ilya Tolkachev
Truly heartfelt performances of this Russian repertoire, recorded in the atmospheric acoustic of the choir’s vast cathedral home.
Goldmark Die Königin von Saba
Sols; Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Fabrice Bollon
A once hugely popular work, now rarely heard (let alone recorded), Goldmark’s opera gets a superb performance in another exciting CPO set.
Britten The Rape of Lucretia
Sols; London Philharmonic Orchestra / Leo Hussain
A chance to see director Fiona Shaw’s powerful response to Britten’s opera – its first return to Glyndebourne since the 1946 premiere – with excellent singing and playing throughout.
Beethoven ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata
Grigory Sokolov pf
An impressive snapshot of an early stage in the career of an extraordinary artist.