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Daniil Trifonov pf
A superb achievement from our Artist of the Year: some of the most virtuoso studies ever written, performed with remarkable command and musicality.
Mendelssohn Symphonies Nos 1 & 4
London Symphony Orchestra / Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Gardiner continues his Mendelssohn exploration with a First and Fourth of great style.
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Harding
Daniel Harding’s album of Berlioz and Rameau is thrilling and brilliantly played throughout.
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2, etc
Alexandre Tharaud pf Royal Liverpool PO / Alexander Vedernikov
Rachmaninov’s Romantic masterpiece can justify any number of new recordings so long as they are as exquisite and dramatic as this one.
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6, etc
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Semyon Bychkov
The beginning of ‘The Tchaikovsky Project’ – and what a way to start: a powerful, devastating Pathétique.
‘Fin de siècle’
Lawrence Power va Simon Crawford-Phillips pf
A disc of delightful discoveries from fin-de-siècle France, played with charm by Lawrence Power and Simon Crawford-Phillips.
JS Bach Goldberg Variations
Mahan Esfahani hpd
This is a disc I’ve wanted to hear ever since I first heard Esfahani play the Goldbergs back in 2010. The intensity and virtuosity are every bit as evident here as then, and the instrument sounds beautiful.
Beethoven Piano Sonata No 29, ‘Hammerklavier’
Nelson Goerner pf
One of two excellent Hammerklaviers this month, offering different views of Beethoven; Goerner takes us on a real journey of discovery, revelation, delicacy and joy.
Sols; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Edward Gardner
There’s a lush richness to the playing (and sound) throughout, and some excellent soloist contributions: another impressive addition to the Gurrelieder catalogue.
Ian Bostridge ten Sir Antonio Pappano pf
Ever eloquent, Ian Bostridge pairs the English pastoral with which he began his recording career with songs by Stravinsky, Schubert and others in this tribute to the Bard.
Vilde Frang vn Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle
A bringing together of repertoire, artists – including our recent Award-recipient Vilde Frang – and occasion made for a memorable concert, happily captured on DVD.
Christian Ferras vn
‘A worthy memorial,’ writes Rob Cowan in Replay, ‘to a huge talent tragically lost to us at the all-too-young age of 49.’