Monthly Choices

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This Month's Choices

December 2019

Opera
Puccini’s first opera brought back to life by Opera Rara

‘The grief and anger of Anna’s father Guglielmo are palpable in Brian Mulligan’s beautifully realised performance.’

Orchestral
Simon Rattle’s LSO directorial debut brilliantly captured in no-frills film

‘There are no visual gimmicks, no additional features, and not even the titles of the works in the programme are shown’

Recording of the Month
An all-Shostakovich triumph from pianist Andrey Gugnin

‘An all-Shostakovich disc might sound like a winner – and in the most important sense it is – but none of the works represented...

Concerto
A worthy tribute to the longstanding genius of Kaija Saariaho

‘The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra are on fine form as they embrace Kaija Saariaho’s unique soundscape in this collection of works...

Jazz
Thrilling percussion leads the way in an enticing blend of east and west traditions

‘Much of the group’s original sound hinges on Hussain’s array of percussion’

Instrumental
Igor Levit brings a physical vigour to Beethoven’s piano sonatas

‘Where savagery is required, Levit provides it in spades: the first movement of the Hammerklavier is a glittering creation purveying a...

Choral & Song
A chilling performance of Schubert’s Winterreise at the Wigmore Hall

‘Bostridge’s weary wanderer cries out against an unlistening world’

Chamber
Kronos Quartet and Volti explore space in Terry Riley’s 1977 NASA commission

‘There’s snatches of bebop – and Beethoven, inspired by Voyager’s Golden Record; an onboard message-in-a-bottle of human...

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