Monthly Choices

Listen to clips from this month's best reviewed recordings

This Month's Choices

January 2020

Recording of the Month
The best recording of Handel’s Samson yet

‘John Butt’s deep grasp of Handel’s rhetoric and of large scale structure turns the work’s patchwork quality into a virtue...

Orchestral
Lucas Blondeel and Le Concert d'Anvers express freedom and originality in Haydn

‘Performance of all three works are lively and compelling, and the recording is first-rate’

Concerto
Emmanuel Pahud shines in glorious selection of flute concertos

‘The Munich Radio Orchestra handles the extremities in dynamics and textures well'

Opera
Emerging countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński wows in Baroque arias

‘The disc is a masterpiece of sleuthing and programming’

Choral & Song
Claire Booth and Christopher Glynn's stunning Grieg recital

‘Claire Booth and Christopher Glynn build a three-parter that makes this a very special Grieg recital.’

Jazz
Kit Downes's latest album brings us jazz – but not as we know it

'Downes stays at the centre of the music and, while sax player Tom Challenger is never far away, the other players move in and out of orbit...

Chamber
Trio Khnopff give Weinberg the recognition he deserves

'Trio Khnopff are enterprising, placing the Piano Trio next to other compositions Weinberg wrote following the end of the Second World War,...

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