Gramophone magazine is considered by many classical music fans to be the gold standard in album reviews. Alongside articles and editorials, approximately half of each issue is dedicated to informative, fair-minded reviews of classical music recordings, the best of which are selected as Gramophone 'Choice'. The selections below are Gramophone Choices in the October and November 2012 issues available in ClassicsOnline.
|Harmonia Mundi: HMC902124
BACH, J.S.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Violin Partita No. 1 (I. Faust)
'Faust gently showcases everything of which these pieces are capable: the genius of their structure, melody and internal dialogue.'
ELGAR, E.: Apostles (The) (Halle Orchestra, Elder)
'Elder's interpretation evinces an idiomatic pliancy, sure dramatic instinct and iron grip as well as scrupulous fidelity to both the letter and spirit of the score.'
|Signum Classics: SIGCD300
MENDELSSOHN, F.: Elijah (McCreesh)
'The sound is massive when required, but the articulation is never unweildy and there is delicacy too.'
RAVEL, M.: Melodies (Gubisch, Altinoglu)
'Gubisch, with a vocal timbre of mellifluous beauty and well-focused richness, responds with a strikingly malleable spectrum of sensibility to the varied scenarios that Ravel encapsulates.'
VICTORIA, T.L. de: Officium defunctorum (Collegium Vocale Gent, Herreweghe)
'Understatement is a feature of Herreweghe's conducting of Renaissance music with this choir...Here, the sense that less is more does the music no disservice.'
|ICA Classics: ICAC5075
BERLIOZ, H.: Requiem (Gedda, Cologne Radio Symphony, Mitropoulos) (1956)
'The chromatic string phrase with which Berlioz twice fools you into expecting the next section sends shivers down the spine.'
DUSSEK, F.X.: Sinfonias, Altner G4, A3, Bb2, Bb3 (Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Hakkinen)
'Häkkinen is in control of phrase and contour, fetchingly fashioning the music with pithy embellishments from the keyboard.'
HOLMBOE, V.: Chamber Symphonies (Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Storgards)
'Vagn Holmboe's three Chamber Symphonies are superb encapsulations of his full-orchestral symphonic manner on a small scale.'
SVENDSEN, J.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (Bergen Philharmonic, N. Jarvi)
'Järvi and his Norwegians are on scintillating form and the Cello Concerto and dark reading of the Symphony are to be treasured.'
|Haenssler Classic: CD98.644
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets Nos. 3, 4 and 7 (Meta4)
'Listen to the contrapuntal central section of the first movement of the Third Quartet and marvel at the range and precision of colour and articulation.'
|Orchid Classics: ORC100023
PROKOFIEV, S.: Piano Sonatas Nos. 6-8 (War Sonatas) (Giltburg)
'Putting my head above a parapet, I have to say that these performances of Prokofiev's "War" Sonatas (for Richter, music that evokes "a world without reason or equilibrium") eclipse all others on record.'
WAGNER, R.: Lohengrin (M. Janowski)
'There is a terrifyingly long list of worthwhile Lohengrin recordings, to which this newcomer is a serious competitor.'