Recording of the month
Brahms Violin Sonatas
Christian Tetzlaff vn Lars Vogt pf
Two acclaimed soloists unite, with a wonderful rapport, for a brilliant disc of Brahms – no, not just this month’s cover story but the equally compelling Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt.
Sibelius Symphonies Nos 3, 6 & 7
Minnesota Orchestra / Osmo Vänskä
Few conductors have such an distinguished history of bringing such consistent insight and instinctiveness to Sibelius as Vänska – a fine addition to his, and Sibelius’s, discography.
A delightful and spirited celebration, both of Telemann’s music for flute and recorder, and of period ensemble Florilegium’s 25th anniversary: many well-deserved congratulations on both counts!
Schoenberg String Quartets
Following on from the Diotima Quartet’s set of two months ago, the Asasello Quartet’s Schoenberg survey is equally penetrating, perceptive and fascinating – and worth acquiring.
Liszt Transcendental Etudes
Kirill Gerstein pf
Stamina, virtuosity and musicality are really to the fore in this extraordinary journey through Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes from former Gilmore Artist Award recipient Kirill Gerstein.
Reger Four Solo Violin Sonatas, Op 42
Ulf Wallin vn
Swedish violinist Ulf Wallin oozes a total sense of command throughout this set of wonderful solo music, in both the forceful and fragile moments of pieces that pose considerable technical demands.
Blow Symphony Anthems
Choir of New College, Oxford / Robert Quinney
It’s wonderful to hear New College choir – for 38 years led by Edward Higginbottom – in equally excellent form on this first disc under Robert Quinney in a programme of Blow.
Brahms Vier ernste Gesänge
Matthias Goerne bar Christoph Eschenbach pf
An ever-individual singer joined by an ever-engaging conductor/pianist make for a thought-provoking – and often extremely beautiful – Brahms recital.
Bruckner Mass No 3, etc
Philharmonie Festiva / Gerd Schaller
Gerd Schaller follows his cycle of Bruckner symphonies with an excellent performance of the composer’s Mass No 3, superb soloists and recording quality adding to the appeal.
St Thomas Choir of Men and Boys / John Scott
Rachmaninov’s Vespers, here recorded with an all-male choir with boy trebles, in a magnificent performance under the late John Scott.
Wagner Tristan und Isolde
Sols incl Gould & Herlitzius; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra / Christian Thielemann
A significant and contemporary take on Wagner’s opera, directed at Bayreuth by his great-granddaughter Katharina Wagner.
José Iturbi: Solo Piano Recordings
As Patrick Rucker says of this release: ‘A fascinating, often surprising set that rewards repeated listening.’