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This Month's Choices

Christmas 2019

Opera
La Nuova Musica set the bar in Gluck's Orfeo ed Eurydice

‘This is directorship at its most alert, and aiding Bates is an optimal cast’

Orchestral
James Ehnes and the RLPO pay handsome homage to Vaughan Williams

‘The music sounds as rapturously beautiful as ever’

Recording of the Month
A masterful performance of two Czech concertos

‘Kahánek’s scrupulous attention to the dynamic markings results in a clear-textured performance of rare delicacy’

Concerto
Trifonov completes Rachmaninov Piano Concerto cycle with a flourish

‘Trifonov frames the two Concertos with two of his imaginative and resourceful piano transcriptions’

Jazz
An imaginative and witty new release from Hiromi

‘Throughout nine varied tracks, Hiromi’s playing is well served by rich, detailed sound’

Instrumental
A trilogy of triumph from pianist Francesco Piemontesi

‘Piemontesi’s instinctive good taste means he never indulges in histrionics’

Choral & Song
Handel’s Brockes-Passion in a performance to remember

‘Egarr recognises Handel’s often vivid responses to Brockes’s graphic text and draws from them deeply-felt, contrasting emotions...

Chamber
Takács Quartet and Hamelin shine in memorable recording

‘A treasurable disc’

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