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Editor's Choices September 2012: listen to the best new CDs

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Editor's Choices September 2012: listen to the best new CDs

by Melissa Lesnie on August 16, 2012 (August 16, 2012) filed under Classical Music | Opera | Comment Now
Dudamel's energetic Eroica, Angela Hewitt's poetic Schumann, the Grigoryan bros and more.

Recording of the Month


Symphony No 3 Eroica, The Creatures of Prometheus, Egmont Overture
Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela/Dudamel
DG 4790250 


"There's enough energy and fire in the first movement to recall the young Karajan; Dudamel does complete justice to the superb architecture and maintains its unique tension... It comes from the heart." Greg Keane

Read the complete review in the September issue.

Listen: Eroica Symphony, Scherzo


Editor's Choice: Orchestral




Schumann Piano Concerto
Angela Hewitt p, Deutsches SO Berlin/Hannu Lintu

"If there's anyone in the modern era who can channel the spirit of Robert Schumann's wife, muse and principal performer Clara Wieck, then it's Angela Hewitt... You'd have to go back two generations to Dinu Lipatti to find anything to compare with the poetry of the playing here." Martin Buzacott

Read the complete review in the September issue.

Listen: Schumann Intermezzo


Editor's Choice: Chamber


The Seasons arr Guitar Duo

Slava and Leonard Grigoryan g

"The Grigoryans exploit their considerable musicality and obvious rapport to shine a beautifully muted lamp on these relatively modest works. Thus an expanded tonal palette, more intimate sonorities and a capacity for true independence between parts afforded by two guitars invites both introspection and subtle intensity of feeling." Will Yeoman

Read the complete review in the September issue.



Editor's Choice: Instrumental


Konstantin Shamray in Recital
Music by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin and Prokofiev
Konstantin Shamray p

"Shamray's dexterity never wavers at any dynamic level, nore is there ever a lapse in his concentration. These are carefully calibrated interpretations. This subtle, secure pianist holds his own against Richter, Ashkenazy, Pletnev and Bronfman. Shamray was clearly a deserving competition winner, and this release does credit both to him and to SIPCA." Phillip Scott

Read the complete review in the September issue.

Listen: Scriabin Nuances


Editor's Choice: Choral


Missa Tu Es Petrus
The Brabant Ensemble/Stephen Rice

"It is the tuneful quality of Mouton's music that makes the program so beguiling. The 17 singers of The Brabant Ensemble are on marvellous form here: clear and flexible, low on vibrato but never astringent. As Rice says in his illuminating booklet notes, 'Mouton is not just another sheep among the flock of Renaissance composers.' My advice is not to hesitate."  Clive Paget

Read the complete review in the September issue.


Editor's Choice: Opera

Hänsel und Gretel
Alice Coote ms, Lydia Teuscher s, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke t, LPO/Ticciati


"Ticciati's account of Humperdinck's opera is both expansive and electric, tripping through Humperdinck's numerous folksong quotations while still maintaining the grand sweep of his score, and best of all evoking a true sense of fairytale magic. He's aided and abetted by two first-rate siblings in the form of Alice Coote and Lydia Teuscher."  Sarah Noble

Read the complete review in the September issue.

Listen: Abends, Will Ich Schlafen Gehn