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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 July 2012 issue:


BIS: BIS-SACD-1844
SCHUBERT, F.: Lieder (Bei dir allein!) (Tilling, P. Rivinius)

‘Tilling brings a luminous grace to the serene bel canto lines of “Heimliches Lieben” and characterises the lover in “Geheimes” with charm and point, avoiding winsomeness.’

 
Chandos: CHAN10709
ELGAR, E.: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 / Introduction and Allegro / Elegy / 5 Military Marches, "Pomp and Circumstance" (Watkins)

‘Watkins’s golden-toned and technically flawless contribution strikes a judicious balance between classical poise and unexaggerated depth of feeling’

 
Naxos: 8.572861-62
DELIUS, F.: Mass of Life (A) / Prelude and Idyll (J. Watson, Wyn-Rogers, A. Kennedy, Opie, Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, D. Hill)

‘There is a dynamic momentum to the tempi which perfectly evokes Zarathustra’s ruling passion, the Will  of Man.’

 
Avie Records: AV2231
GAL, H.: Symphony No. 4 / SCHUMANN, R.: Symphony No. 2 (Woods)

‘A factor that comes across clearly here is that Poulenc had a more or less infallible ear for tapping into the timbre and personality of different instruments.’

 
BIS: BIS-CD-1763
BACH, CPE: Keyboard Music, Vol. 23 (Spanyi)

‘Brautigam’s interpretations are stunning. He brings stylish character and life to each of the small variation sets and never misses a trick, so to speak.’

 

 



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