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April 2012

Jazz
Jazz
Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet
'This disc breaks new ground, while keeping true to the group's unique soundscape'

Berg and Beethoven
Recording of the Month
Berg • Beethoven

Violin Concertos
Isabelle Faust; Orchestra Mozart/Claudio Abbado
'Faust's limpid violin weaves in and out of the music's...

Apotheoses
Chamber
F Couperin • Rebel

Apothéoses
Ricercar Consort/Philippe Pierlot
'Superbly stylised, from simplicity in Corelli to a gentle Lullian air'

Vocal works
Choral & Song
Brahms

Choral works
Collegium Vocale Gent; Orchestre des Champs-Elysées/Philippe Herreweghe
'The Collegium Vocale Gent produces a...

Magic FLute
DVD
Mozart

The Magic Flute
La Scala Theatre Orchestra & Chorus/Roland Böer
'More moving and enchanting than any other "Magic Flute...

Melnikov
Orchestral
Shostakovich

Piano Concertos Nos 1&2, Violin Sonata
Alexander Melnikov, Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Teodor Currentzis
'Melnikov's...

Don Quichotte
Opera
Massenet

Don Quichotte
Ferruccio Furlanetto, Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev
'Gergiev whips up the score more vigorously than his...

Instrumental choice
Instrumental
Berg • Janáček • Liszt

Piano works
Dénes Várjon
'Liszt's Sonata sounds improvisatory and musingly delicate'

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