Monthly Choices

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This Month's Choices

May 2020

Opera
Offenbach’s rarely performed Maître Péronilla brought to life in fizzing performance

‘Markus Poschner encourages the bubbles to rise to the surface in a never-ending stream’

Chamber
A celebration of the 18th-century natural horn

‘Danish horn player Ursula Paludan Monberg, thoroughly in command of her instrument, produces a miraculously smooth and agile line with...

Choral & Song
The latest recording of Bach’s St John Passion is the best yet

‘This is a recording that leaves most competitors floundering’

Concerto
A clutch of Vivaldi arias and concertos delivered with panache

‘Ophèlie Gaillard brings a joyous and incisively idiomatic grace to these performances'

Recording of the Month
Jack Liebeck rises to the challenge with aplomb in Brahms and Schoenberg’s Violin Concertos

‘This recording finds a near-perfect balance between spaciousness and detail, conveying every intricacy within a natural perspective...

Instrumental
A beautifully nuanced and atmospheric recording from a thrilling young piano talent

‘Lu’s playing is in a rare class – one that has a vacancy since Radu Lupu’s retirement'

Jazz
A masterclass in the jazz piano trio

‘Here’s a fine outing from a pianist noted for his ability to stir unexpected concepts into jazz that seem to fit perfectly and...

Orchestral
Hannu Lintu completes his Lutosławski symphony cycle in style

‘Altogether, Lintu’s Lutosławki cycle sets a new standard’

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