Magazine article Gramophone

Editor's Choice

Magazine article Gramophone

Editor's Choice

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SCHUMANN Szenen aus Goethes Faust Soloists; Bavarian Radio Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Daniel Harding BR-Klassik [F] [2] 900122


Daniel Harding conducts with a superb sense of pace, weight and colour, perfectly supporting his equally fine singers in a really impressive live recording.

GRIME Night Songs Halle Soloists & Orchestra /Sir Mark Elder, Jamie Phillips NMC[F] NMCD199

Contrasting and compelling works which all bear the distinctive voice of this young composer, here championed with real commitment by the Halle (and, indeed, NMC). REVIEW ON PAGE 47

HAYDN String Quartets, Op 20 Doric Quartet Chandos [B] [2] CHAN10831

It's an age blessed with superb young string quartets and the Doric are among them. Instinctive grasp of the music and a very clear joy in performing it are evident throughout. REVIEW ON PAGE 67

RAMEAU Pieces de clavecin Mahan Esfahani hpd Hyperion [F] [2] CDA68071/2

'Unfailing wit, affection, fluency and pacing', qualities our critic attributes to Esfahani; entirely justified praise for this ever-impressive harpsichordist for the modern age. REVIEW ON PAGE 82

VIVALDI 'Concerti per flauto' Maurice Steger rec/ flautino I Barocchisti / Diego Fasolis Harmonia Mundi [F] HMC902190

Transfixing recorder virtuosity allied with lively orchestral support, while in slow movements they achieve a delightful serenity. REVIEW ON PAGE 56

LANGGAARD String Quartets, Vol 3 Nightingale Quartet Dacapo [F][SACD] 6220577

Gramophone's current Young Artists of the Year complete their exploration of Langgaard in style, leaving those who have followed them on the journey much the richer for it. REVIEW ON PAGE 67

HOWELLS 'When first thine eies unveil' Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir / Paul Spicer Somm [F] SOMMCD0140

Rarities and premieres--a new insight into Howell's work. …

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