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Gramophone magazine offers what are considered by most classical music fans to be the gold standard in classical reviews. Alongside in-depth articles and editorials, each issue includes over 50 pages of informative, authoritative reviews of classical music recordings written by its panel of over 40 professional reviewers. The best new releases in each issue are selected as Gramophone Choice. The releases below are Gramophone Choices in the April 2012 issue.

Featured Releases:

Ondine: ODE1178-2
Recording of the Month
Rautavaara: Cello Concerto No. 2 “Towards the Horizon” (Collin Currie)

‘Colin Currie, for whom the percussion concerto was written and who premiered it in London in 2009, reprises that scintillating performance in a barnstorming account caught splendidly in Ondine’s superlative sound’
Etcetera: KTC1433
Gubaidulina: Seven words / In Croce (Basque national Orchestra)

‘Gubaidulina’s love of short motifs produces music of strong and even painful intensity, seizing and gripping the attention, with fiercely punched chords on the accordion or with soaring harmonics on the cello’
Chandos: CHSA5098
Lutoslawski : Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (Louis Lortie)

‘throughout, Gardner secures some first-class playing from the BBC SO; Ralph Couzen’s engineering is, needless to say, state-of-the-art’
Naïve: V5259
Debussy / Frank / Poulenc: Music for Cello and Piano (Anne Gastinel)

‘In her interpretative stance and application of colour Gastinel is ideally matched by Désert; the recorded balance is judicious and there is a real sense of performance being created in complete accord’
Analekta: AN29878
Bach: Vergnugte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust / Overture (Suite) No. 2 / Widerstehe doch der Sunde / Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor (Lamon)

‘The oboe d’amore and violin double each other exquisitely in the softly lilting ritornello and Taylor’s gentle singing has the perfect atmosphere of sincerely beautiful piety’


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