Recordings of the Month

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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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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Mahler: Symphony No 8 (BIS)

A stunner of a Mahler Eighth, one of the best since Solti’s classic account [RMo]

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Shostakovich: String Quartets 7-13 (Genuin)

Blazingly impressive performances given with intense virtuosity and musical insight [NB]

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Bartók: Concertos (Alpha Classics)

This performance has completely revised my view of the Viola Concerto [DMD]

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Dependent Rising (Cedille)

Magnetically communicative music given electric performances [DMD]

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Poulenc, Milhaud, Debussy: Music for two pianos (Orchid Classics)

Great music, wonderfully played, in perfect recording [GPJ]

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Britten: War Requiem (Decca)

A landmark recording revealed in the stunning realism of a new transfer on SACD [JQ]

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Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 & 5 (Linn)

Sui generis: a disc that will change the way you hear Mendelssohn [ST]

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A Byzantine Emperor at King Henry’s Court (Cappella Records)

A spellbinding confrontation of liturgical music from two traditions – a perfect ‘alternative’ for Christmastide [JV]

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Jauchzet Gott (Accent)

A disc to treasure, with probably the best ever performance of Bach’s famous Cantata BWV51 [JV]

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Byrd: Songs of sundrie natures (Inventa)

The first recording of all Songs of sundrie natures in exemplary performances show Byrd’s charm, humour and unwavering focus on the key messages [MG]

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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 1 & Preludes (Alpha Classics)

The key release of Rachmaninov’s 150th anniversary year – a revelation [RWe]

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Beethoven & Schubert: String Quartets (Orchid Classics)

A highly attractive pairing of two of the greatest string quartets, interpreted and played to perfection [RMo]

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French Sacred Song (Ad Fontes)

A fascinating programme, with top class performances in excellent sound [GPu]

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Rodgers: Oklahoma! (Chandos)

A ground-breaking recording of a ground-breaking American musical [PCG]