Challenge Classics

Mascitti: Sonate a Tre, Opera Prima (Challenge Classics)

An excellent composer whose sonatas are done full justice here [JV]

BachJS motets SACC72160

JS Bach: Motets (Challenge Classics)

One of the most satisfying recordings of Bach’s motets, in particular in regard to the relationship of text and music [JV]

Schumann Symphs 1 and 2 de Vriend Challenge CC79258

Schumann: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 (Challenge Classics)

Mettlesome accounts, sometimes less smooth and sophisticated than Herreweghe’s, but a radiant slow movement of No. 2 [MG]

Saint-Saëns, Glazunov: Violin Concerti  (Challenge Classics)

Virtuosic but not exceptional performances of a pair of Romantic concertos [NH]

Rachmaninov trio CC72920

Rachmaninov: The Return (Challenge Classics)

One of Rachmaninov’s less famous works gets a highly emotional rendering on this debut disc [MZ]

Auerbach: Milking Darkness (Challenge Classics)

Delta Piano Trio continue to excel in Auerbach’s music [LW]

From Mannheim to Berlin (Challenge Classics)

Cello playing of the highest calibre [JV]

Dowland Lachrimae Challenge CC72938

Dowland: Lachrimae (Challenge Classics)

A sexy Italianate take on these pieces [DMD]

The Last Epiphany (Challenge Classics)

Thought-provoking juxtaposition of light and shade, of joy and horror, so valuable in the world of today [GF]

Porpora: L’aureo serto (Challenge Classics)

Well chosen pieces in fine performances are a perfect case for Porpora [JV]

More Bach (Challenge Classics)

Vibrant and energetic performances, a standout Third Brandenburg, but the disc is underfilled [DJB]

Silvestrov The Messenger Challenge CC72939

Silvestrov: The Messenger (Challenge Classics)

A valuable collection of the Ukrainian composer’s chamber works [SB]

Cello Kabalevsky CC72940

Sonatas for Cello (Challenge Classics)

Those who explore the hidden pathways of Russian music will find much to enjoy here [GT]

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Mozart: Piano Concertos 24 & 25 (Challenge Classics)

Period-style performances of poise and panache on a modern piano [RMo]

Schubert Winterreise Mertens Mathot Challenge CC72152

Schubert: Die Winterreise (Challenge Classics)

(Déjà Review) A fresh, personable and individual reading that shows these well-known songs in part in a new light [GF]

Porpora aureo CC72924

Porpora: L’aureo serto (Challenge Classics)

A satisfyingly versatile recital of bass arias [CRo]

Aumann Chamber Letzbor Challenge CC72876

Aumann: Chamber Music (Challenge Classics)

Entertaining music by a little-known composer, played with infectious enthusiasm [JV]

Frederick franssen horn concertos challenge CC72904

Fréderick Franssen (horn) (Challenge)

A virtuoso hornist addresses newly discovered Baroque repertoire [SV]

Mayr: Sacri Concentus (Challenge)

The performers are pretty much ideal advocates of Mayr’s oeuvre [JV]

schubert CC 72803

Schubert: Symphony Nos 5 & 6 (Challenge)

Well-crafted accounts which would sometimes benefit from a lighter touch [MG]

Ravel moune CC72916

Ravel: À Moune (Challenge)

An out-of-the-ordinary recording that is worth anyone’s time [DC]