Monthly Choice

Orchestral

Walton: Cello Concerto Pieter Wispelwey 'Wispelwey's cello playing suits Walton's Concerto to near-perfection'

Disc of the Month

Bridge: Piano Quintet Goldner String Quartet, Piers Lane (piano) 'Powerful, committed performances that illuminate Frank Bridge's multi-faceted mastery'

Instrumental

Rachmaninov: Preludes Steven Osborne (piano) 'This is outstanding Rachmaninov playing of acute perception'

Chamber

MacMillan • Schubert Gould Trio 'The excellent Gould Trio players make every detail of the MacMillan work tell'

Choral

The NMC Songbook Various performers 'Anyone listening to these four discs of songs will find many things to savour'

Disc of the Month

Dowland: Lute Music Vol. 4

Nigel North (lute)

'Nigel North's insights are sovereign, his spontaneity underpinned by seasoned scholarship'

DVD

Schubert Die schöne Mullerin Christoph Prégardien (tenor), Michael Gees (piano) 'Christoph Prégardien holds his audience with his sensitive performance'

Opera

Eccles: The Judgement of Paris Soloists; Early Opera Company/Christian Curnyn 'An important recording that lets us finally hear Eccles's dramatic flair'

Jazz

Andy Sheppard Movements in Colour 'A subtle and well-balanced showcase for Andy Sheppard's quintet'

Orchestral

Bax: Symphonic Variations Ashley Wass (piano); Bournemouth SO/James Judd 'The new benchmark for Bax's too-neglected Symphonic Variations'

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