Magazine article Gramophone

Gramophone Editor's Choice

Magazine article Gramophone

Gramophone Editor's Choice

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Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews

RECORDONG OF THE MONTH

SCHUBERT

Piano Sonatas Nos 18 & 21. Allegretto, D915. Impromptus, D935. Hungarian Melody, D817. Moments musicaux, D780 Sir Andres Schiff pf ECM New Series (F) (2) 481 1572

* STEPHEN PLAISTOW'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 22

Schiff s instrument of choice here--a fortepiano of c1820, and one rich in different tones, well captured by ECM--lends a remarkably detailed transparency and intimacy to his fascinating interpretation of these Schubert works.

MAHLER Symphony No 9 Budapest Festival Orchestra / Ivan Fischer Channel Classics (F) [SACD] CCSSA36115

Fischer's Budapest Mahler series has continued to engage and intrigue our critics but this carefully textured, powerful Ninth is impressive indeed.

REVIEW ON PAGE 31

'TINTOMARA' Wim Van Hasselt tpt Jorgen van Rijen tbn Channel Classics (F) [SACD] CCSSA36315

And now for something completely different: what links this recital of Purcell, Rabe and Ravel works for trumpet and trombone? Simply the joyful playing. An unexpected delight.

* REVIEW ON PAGE 61

ENGLISH HYMN ANTHEMS'

Alison Balsom tpt Choir of King's College, Cambridge / Stephen Cleobury King's College (M) [SACD] KGS0004

I attended these sessions and the glorious union of music-making and atmosphere I witnessed has been captured wonderfully.

* REVIEW ON PAGE 84

MARTINU Viola Works Maxim Rysanov va Katya Apekisheva pf BBC Symphony Orchestra / Jiff Belohlavek BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2030

Martinu relished the tonal possibilities of the viola, which seems perfectly suited to the Bohemian spirit of much of this music. Rysanov is on superb form.

* REVIEW ON PAGE 32

JS BACH Cello Suites David Watkin vc Resonus (M) (2) RES10147

Familiar works these may be, but truly exploratory, technically refined and strongly personal performances--as here--can help us hear them anew. …

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