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The recordings below all earned the Gramophone Choice designation from the editors at Gramophone Magazine.

June 2012 Issue:

CPO: 777488-2
HANDEL, G.F.: Concerti Grossi, Op. 3, Nos. 1-6 (Mortensen)

‘The performances ooze abundantly with charm, wisdom and warmth…One of the most endearing artistic interpretations of Op 3 in recent years.’

Tudor: TUDOR7176
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 7 (Bamberg Symphony, Nott)

‘The Mahler we know and love resides in the central section, where the harp glissandos to tranquil heights in music that the Bambergers play and feel most affectingly.’

Dacapo: 6.220575
LANGGAARD, R.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 (Nightingale String Quartet )

‘This young Danish ensemble throws itself into the music with a vehemence and sense of purpose that go far beyond the pioneering venture of the Kontras.’

Signum Classics: SIGCD272
POULENC, F.: Songs (Complete), Vol. 3 (Ainsley, Anderson, Fox, Lemalu, Milne)

‘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.’

Naxos: 8.572600
BRITTEN, B.: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake / Tit for Tat / Folk Song Arrangements (English Song, Vol. 22) (R. Williams, Burnside)

‘Putting this new recording immediately up against the composer and Fischer-Dieskau is like going from hymns ancient to hymns modern.’


May 2012 Issue:

Chandos: CHAN10694
FALLA, M. de: Sombrero de tres picos (El) / Nights in the Gardens of Spain / Homenajes (Works for Stage and Concert Hall) (Mena)

‘Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's performance casts its own spell, sultry and scintillating as required.’

BRAHMS, J.: Works for Choir and Orchestra (Hallenberg, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Herreweghe)

‘Herreweghe allows the music to evolve with a wonderful feeling of spaciousness in which Brahm's textures are beautifully revealed.’

BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Fuge, Brook, Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Gardiner)

‘Gardiner returns to the Requiem with a root-and-branch rethink of the work's very sound.’

Harmonia Mundi: HMU907569
YSAYE, E.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 27, Nos. 1-6 (Murray)

‘Everything is thrown into the melting pot - Debussy, jazz, folk - resulting in a disc that makes me want to hear Murray playing all of them, so coherently has she pulled them together.’

Harmonia Mundi: HMC902104
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Violin Sonata (Melnikov, Faust, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Currentzis)

‘The Second Concerto's slow movement... to call this breathtaking would be an understatement.’

Harmonia Mundi: HMU807554
TIME THY MUSICKE TO THY HART - Tudor and Jacobean Music for Private Devotion

‘'Stile Antico's sleek tuning and supple attention to words bring a carefully plotted span (over 120 years) of sacred styles into our living rooms with rare success.'’



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