Monthly Choice

Choral & Song

R Strauss: a capella
Accentus; Latvian Radio Choir/Laurence Equilbey
'Strauss's Deutsche Motette is revealed as a miraculously unique work'

Opera

MacMillan: The Sacrifice
Soloists; WNO Chorus & Orchestra/Anthony Negus
'MacMillan's Sacrifice has Puccini's emotional directness'
 

Orchestral

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
London Symphony Orchestra/Valery Gergiev
'The LSO on top form for Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet'

Disc of the Month

Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos 1 & 4
Bergen PO/Andrew Litton
'This is one of the most enjoyable discs I've listened to in a long time.'

Instrumental

JS Bach
Partitas 1, 5 & 6
Murray Perahia (piano)
'A recording to cherish for Murray Perahia's poise and technique'

 

Jazz

Matthew Halsall
Colour Yes
Matthew Halsall (trumpet) et al
'Dreamy grooves with drifting '60s-style melodies'

Opera

Rossini

Colbran, the Muse
Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano) et al
'Joyce DiDonato shows exactly that vocal style that excited Rossini'

 

DVD

Wagner
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Vienna SO Choir & Orchestra/Christian Thielemann
'This is the recording of Meistersinger to get, in any format'

Choral & Song

Berlioz

Grande messe des morts
EuropaChorAkademie; SWR SO Baden-Baden und Freiburg/Cambreling
'An exceptional recording of Berlioz's Requiem – masterly'

Chamber

Rachmaninov • Grieg

Cello Sonatas
Jamie Walton (cello), Daniel Grimwood (piano) 
'This performance of Rachmaninov stands out with the very best'

 

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