Monthly Choice

Chamber

Schubert: Trout Quintet Martin Helmchen (piano) et al 'The most satisfactory account of the Trout Quintet I have ever heard'

Opera

Wagner: Lohengrin WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln/Semyon Bychkov 'Semyon Bychkov's Lohengrin is keenly dramatic yet detailed'

Orchestral

Fauré: Soloists & orchestra Orchestre de Bretagne/Moshe Atzmon 'Fauré's blend of languor and virtuosity is well displayed here'

Disc of the Month

Shostakovich: The Nose Mariinsky Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus/Valery Gergiev ‘Shostakovich was never so obviously the youthful genius as in this brilliant operatic jape’

DVD

Mozart: Don Giovanni 'Consistently strongly cast this Don Giovanni is good to see as well as to hear'

Jazz

Get the Blessing Bugs in Amber 'Get The Blessing remain the heavyweights of the UK jazz scene'

Choral & Song

MacMillan: Seven Last Words The Dmitri Ensemble 'A polished, focused and alert performance of MacMillan's Last Words'

Instrumental

Abel: The Drexel Manuscript Paolo Pandolfo 'Pandolfo's expressivity and technique playing Abel is beyond praise'

Chamber

Albinoni: Sinfonie a Cinque Ensemble 415/Chiara Banchini 'Ensemble 415 could hardly present these six charming Sonatas better'

Opera

Martinu: Juliette Czech PO/Charles Mackerras 'Charles Mackerras has a profound understanding of Martinu's magical score'

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