Monthly Choice

Igor Levit brings a physical vigour to Beethoven’s piano sonatas

‘Where savagery is required, Levit provides it in spades: the first movement of the Hammerklavier is a glittering creation purveying a properly visceral excitement’

Thrilling percussion leads the way in an enticing blend of east and west traditions

‘Much of the group’s original sound hinges on Hussain’s array of percussion’

A worthy tribute to the longstanding genius of Kaija Saariaho

‘The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra are on fine form as they embrace Kaija Saariaho’s unique soundscape in this collection of works spanning the last 25 years’

An all-Shostakovich triumph from pianist Andrey Gugnin

‘An all-Shostakovich disc might sound like a winner – and in the most important sense it is – but none of the works represented here are ingratiating’

Simon Rattle’s LSO directorial debut brilliantly captured in no-frills film

‘There are no visual gimmicks, no additional features, and not even the titles of the works in the programme are shown’

Puccini’s first opera brought back to life by Opera Rara

‘The grief and anger of Anna’s father Guglielmo are palpable in Brian Mulligan’s beautifully realised performance.’

Come rain or snow, Iiro Rantala delivers with inventive humour

‘The music affectionately and self-deprecatingly presents traditional Finnish sentiments about the seasons’

Schumann’s multi-faceted work is painted with new colours

‘Tong’s playing reveals Schumann as a thrilling new love rather than a familiar old friend’

Bach, Schnittke and Beethoven more connected than ever

‘A revelatory connected soundscape in which Beethoven’s introspection feels more unsettling than usual’

Dennehy’s ‘docu-cantata’: an arresting portrayal of the Great Irish Famine

‘Katherine Manley and Iarla Ó Lionáird bring tremendous colour and clarity to the storytelling’

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