Recordings of the Month

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Senfter: Chamber Music (cpo)

A debut album that’s a triumph [SG]

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Florian Noack (piano) I Wanna Be Like You – The Piano Transcriptions (La Dolce Volta)

A hugely enjoyable celebration of the piano from this supremely gifted pianist [RCh]

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Korngold: A Portrait for Piano (TRPTK)

This homage is a gem for admirers of Korngold’s music [GF]

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J S Bach: Guitar Transcriptions (Naxos)

One of the best guitar recordings of music by JS Bach [ZT]

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Donizetti: Dalinda (Oehms Classics)

Good, honest, open-throated singing in an intriguing and highly enjoyable reconstruction of a formerly lost work – and a star performance by the lead soprano [RMo]

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Cristal Bello (Vanitas)

A rewarding collection with a clear historical purpose, though it delights at least as much as it educates [GPu]

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Delius: Hassan (Chandos)

The warmest welcome for a superb new realisation of Delius’s greatest work of incidental music [PCG]

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Shostakovich: String Quartets (Signum Classics)

The Carduccis’ Shostakovich: control and catharsis [NC]

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Kabeláč: Complete Chamber Music (Capriccio)

An important set from a composer who had much to say, and said it without any compromise [HC]

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Bruckner: Symphony No 4 (Profil)

A magnificent account of the last version of Bruckner’s most approachable symphony, beautifully played in ideal recorded sound [RMo]

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Chopin: Études (Decca)

These Études aspire to a narrative unlike any other recording ever made – and is often remarkable in doing that [MB]

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Elgar: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 (Hallé)

Distinguished recordings which surpass the earlier recordings by these performers [JQ]

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Wagner: Das Rheingold (Pristine Audio)

A great performance revitalised in extraordinarily vivid sound – another Pristine remastering triumph [RMo]

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Michael Spyres (tenor) In The Shadows (Erato)

I enjoyed some unhackneyed repertoire and the marvellous singing [GF]

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Smith: Dark Flower (Redshift)

The magnificent quintet which gives this exceptional release its title is a must; the couplings are hardly less compelling [RHa]

Rachmaninoff: All-night Vigil (Chandos)

Musically and sonically outstanding [JQ]

Nielsen: Symphony No. 3 & Flute Concerto (Chandos)

An essential Nielsen recording that crackles with the chaotic energy of the life-force [NC]

Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie (Harmonia Mundi)

A top-notch Turangalîla from Toronto; stellar sonics, too [DM]

Ruby Hughes (soprano): End of My Days (BIS)

An outstanding recital; elegantly conceived, ideally recorded and beautifully performed [RHa]

Mahler: Symphony 3 (High Definition Tape Transfers)

A classic performance in a never-before-heard revelatory recording [NB]

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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]

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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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Dvořák: The Complete Piano Trios (Supraphon)

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

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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]