Recommended

Bedford In the Voices of the Living NMC D272

Bedford: In the Voices of the Living (NMC)

Bedford’s music is adventurous, exciting, humane and quite devoid of blandness or the easy option. Terrific performances and sonics [RHa]

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Sibelius: Symphony No 4 (Alpha Classics)

A performance to convert the Sibelian reluctant to appreciate the bleak Fourth’s special qualities, in a death-laden programme complete with two superb companion pieces [RMo]

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Zayt Gezunterheyt – The Folk Soul of the Eastern Clarinet (Antarctica Records)

A simply outstanding meeting of stunning musicians and glorious music [PJ]

Briggs: Hail, gladdening Light (Hyperion)

A memorable disc [JQ]

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Recharged by Nature – Contemporary Nordic Works (Alba)

Two magnificent, distinctively folk-tinged concertos are vividly brought to life [RHa]

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Igor Levit (piano): Fantasia (Sony Classical)

Another outstanding recital from Levit, with a superb version of the big Busoni work [SB]

Ludford: Mass (Paraty)

A new perspective on the performance of the music of the English renaissance [JV]

Donizetti: La fille du régiment (Decca)

Sign me up for this regiment: this recording is as good as it gets [MP]

Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur (Aeolus)

A glowing and atmospheric account in spectacular SACD sound [SG]

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Bach: Goldberg Variations (Alba)

A poetic, refined, beautifully played account from a remarkable young Finnish pianist [RMo]

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Mahler: Symphony No 8 (BIS)

Vänskä’s performance of Symphony of a Thousand; a rave review [EJW]

Verdi: I Lombardi alla prima crociata (BR Klassik)

An exciting, red-blooded performance, captured live in the clearest sound of any available version [MP]

de Monte: Madrigali spirituali (Passacaille)

Superb performances – the best possible case for Philippus de Monte [JV]

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Bach: Goldberg Variations (Deutsche Grammophon)

Freshness, new life, vitality and a wealth of new insights are bought to this oft-recorded work [SG]

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Mozart: Piano concertos (Academy of Ancient Music)

A total delight [ST]

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The Great Organ of Aarhus Cathedral (Danacord)

Superb performances, great sound quality, brilliant documentation and rewarding programming [JF]

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Messiaen: Des Canyons aux Étoiles (Seattle Symphony Media)

This gorgeous recording now becomes my prime recommendation [DMD]

Prokofiev: Cinderella (Opus Arte)

A highly imaginative rendition of Prokofiev’s ballet in Ashton’s timeless choreography [RC]

Massenet: Thaïs (Chandos)

Massenet’s opera is superbly rejuvenated in a recording which sweeps the field of all other versions [MP]

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Rakhi Singh (violin): Purnima (Cantaloupe)

Rakhi Singh’s exceptional playing and arranging skills in an exhilarating transatlantic contemporary violin recital [RHa]

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Dvořák: The Complete Piano Trios (Supraphon)

If this doesn’t win every award going I will be astonished [DMD]

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A Pianist Explores Her Jewish Heritage (Centaur)

Fabulous music, hugely enjoyable [SA]

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Kuusisto: Symphony (BIS)

Two remarkably cogent pieces, each composed by more than one hand [RHa]

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Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis (DUX)

An admirable new account of Hindemith’s piano masterpiece [SB]