Recording of the Month

Debussy
Piano Works
Steven Osborne p
HYPERION CDA68161

“Osbourne’s Images is a seamless balance of technical precision and impressionistic colour”

Orchestral Editor's Choice

Mahler
Symphony No 5
Minnesota Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä
BIS BIS2226 (SACD)

“Tempi tend not to linger: Vänskä pushes forward in the style of a compelling storyteller”

Chamber Editor's Choice

Dvorák
String Quartet No 14, String Quintet
Takács Quartet, Lawrence Power va
HYPERION CDA68142

“The Takács’ playing in the first movement bristles with energy and mercurial passion”

Instrumental Editor's Choice

Sibelius
Selected Piano Works
Leif Ove Andsnes p
SONY 88985408502

“Even the genial salon trifles have such Sibelian touches as unsettling harmonic ambiguity”

Vocal & Choral Editor's Choice

Blow
An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell et al
Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen
HYPERION CDA68149

“I challenge anyone to find fault and not to be moved to tears – both of joy and sadness”

Opera Editor's Choice

Carnevale 1729
Arias by Vinci, Popora, Albinoni
Ann Hallenberg ms, Il Pomo d’Oro/Stefano Montanari
PENTATONE PTC5186678

“Hallenberg’s mezzo is blissfully refined, agile and utterly, easily precise”

Editor's Dozen

Wondering what to listen to this month? Well wonder no more – Limelight’s got your back (and ears) with this specially curated Spotify playlist: a selection of twelve tracks reviewed in this issue.