Recording of the Month

Strauss
Salome
Emily Magee s, Wolfgang Koch bar, Peter Bronder t, Michaela Schuster ms, Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Andrés Orozco-Estrada
PENTATONE PTC5186602 (2CD)

“The final chords as Salome caresses the severed head of the Baptist are utterly blood-curdling”

Orchestral editor's Choice

Vaughan Williams
Sinfonia Antarctica, Four Last Songs, Concerto for Two Pianos
Roderick Williams bar, Louis Lortie p, Hélène Mercier p, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis
CHANDOS CHSA5186 (SACD)

“The Symphony No 7 employs many effects we associate with frozen wasteland”

Chamber editor's Choice

Brahms
The Piano Trios
Emanuel Ax p, Leonidas Kavakos v, Yo-Yo Ma vc
SONY CLASSICAL 88985407292 (2CD)

“These big picture performances bring a freshness and an exhilaration to the music”

Instrumental editor's Choice

Paganini
24 Caprices for Solo Violin
Suede Park v
BIS BIS2282

“Park plays here with accuracy, fluidity and chutzpah, tempered by elegance and taste”

Vocal & Choral editor's Choice

Schubert
Die Schöne Müllerin
Christian Gerhaher bar, Gerold Huber p
SONY 88985427492

“Gerhaher’s intense colouring and characterisation is subsumed within the formal unity”

Opera editor's Choice

Debussy
Pelléas et Mélisande
Magdalena Kožená ms, Christian Gerhaher bar, Gerald Finley bar, London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Sir Simon Rattle
LSO LIVE LSO0790 (3SACD)

“In Gerald Finley we have a particularly fine Golaud – arguably the best today”