Monthly Choice

A thrilling take on Mahler’s final symphony

'Castalletti's arrangement achieves a remarkably full and convincing range of sonority in Mahler's final symphony'

A selection of brass masterpieces from talented soloists

'Masterpieces that honour the soloists throughout'

Striking period-instrument brings new light to Schubert’s piano sonatas

'Authentic performances of Schubert's piano sonatas performed on an 1820s pianoforte'

Inspiring handling of rivalry in this Handel and Porpora duality

'Bridelli showcases both Handel and his operatic opponent Porpora with impressive agility'

A dazzling duo exude mystery and intensity in Beethoven cello works

'Alexei Grynyuk handles his part with delicacy and flexibility, and his articulation throughout this recording is pellucid even at top speed'

A rich selection of piano and vocal pieces by the Schumanns

'Listeners who know Dichterliebe intimately, and think they know the Schumanns pretty well, will discover many fresh delights'

A dazzling collection of Shostakovich from the Boston Symphony Orchestra

‘Nelsons wins such beautiful phrasing, both collectively and individually’ 

A characterful live jazz recording of a brilliantly matched duo

‘The music just flows from one state to another with a mixture of energy and grace’ 

An exhilarating take by Iván Fischer on Mahler's Seventh

‘Iván Fischer contrasts gracious, chamber-textured dances with brilliant fanfares and toppling masses to absolute perfection’ 

Unsentimental, precise Bach concertos from Isabelle Faust

‘Throughout, the playing is of the highest order’

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