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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

RACHMANINOV. TRIFONOV

Daniil Trifonov pf Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nezet-Seguin

DG (F) 479 4970GH

* TO READ JEREMY NICHOLAS'S REVIEW, TURN TO PAGE 36

'Up there with the very best,' says JN of this 2011 Tchaikovsky Prize-winner's thrilling performance of the Paganini Rhapsody--and it's impossible to disagree. High praise, too, must go to the orchestral playing under Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

GRIEG Piano Concerto

SAINT-SAENS

Piano Concerto No 2

Vadym Kholodenko pf

Norwegian Radio Orch /

Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Harmonia Mundi (F) HMU90 7629

The first of two Grieg Concertos on this page, each with a thrilling coupling--in this case Saint-Saens's Second Piano Concerto. * REVIEW ON PAGE 41

LUTOSLAWSKI

Piano Concerto.

Symphony No 2

Krystian Zimerman pf

Berlin Philharmonic

Orchestra / Simon Rattle

DG (F) 479 4518GH

The Piano Concerto's dedicatee offers his innate understanding of the work, while this month's cover star more than justifies his renown. * REVIEW ON PAGE 43

D SCARLATTI

Keyboard Sonatas

Claire Huangci pf

Berlin Classics (M) (2)

0300603BC

Clearly a pianist to follow, as this, Claire Huangci's second disc, offers carefully chosen Scarlatti full of impressive technical command, control and musicality.

REVIEW ON PAGE 71

DVD/BLU-RAY

SCHOENBERG Pierrot lunaire

Barbara Sukowa voc Mitsuko Uchida pf et al

Belvedere (F) [DVD] 10130

Fascinating insights into this landmark work from musicians who understand it intimately--and prove it, too, in the performance itself.

REVIEW ON PAGE 85

GRIEG. MOSZKOWSKI

Piano Concertos

Joseph Moog pf

Deutsche Radio

Philharmonie/

Nicholas Milton

Onyx (F) ONYX4144

Moog pairs his excellent Grieg Concerto with the lesser-known Moszkowski work, showing off his remarkable virtuosity to full effect. …

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