Gramophone Editor's Choice

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Gramophone Editor's Choice


Cullingford, Martin, Gramophone


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

BACEWICZ

Complete String Quartets Silesian Quartet Chandos

* RICHARD BRATBY'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 28

This may be new music to you--it was to me--but these seven quartets offer a superb entrance into a sound world that journeys from the neoclassical to a modernist voice of great originality.

SHOSTAKOVICH

Symphonies Nos 5,8 & 9

Boston Symphony

Orchestra / Andris Nelsons

DG

Symphony No 10 from the same forces was our Recording of the Month last August. A year on, and this further selection shows just the same power and passion.

* REVIEW ON PAGE 43

RILEY 'Four Four Three'

Ragazze Quartet et al

Channel Classics

A hugely enjoyable and distinctive response to the challenge--or freedoms--Terry Riley set for an undetermined number of musicians. An iconic work, excellently recorded by our current label of the year.

* REVIEW ON PAGE 54

ESENVALDS Passion According to St Luke

Latvian Radio Choir / Sigvards KJava

Ondine

Beginning in a moment of high drama--the crowd's shouting 'Crucify him'--Esenvalds's 2014 Passion setting offers listeners varied musical styles and superb performances.

* REVIEW ON PAGE 76

TCHAIKOVSKY

Symphonies Nos 1, 2 & 5

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko

Onyx

An auspicious beginning to what could turn out to be an excellent cycle from Petrenko, one which really engages with the drama and detail of these symphonies.

* REVIEW ON PAGE 46

'BACH ALL'ITALIANO'

Simon Borutzki rec et al

Klanglogo

Young recorder player Simon Borutzki is highly impressive in this performance of, among other pieces, Bach's transcriptions for harpsichord of violin concertos, now arranged for recorder--just listen! …

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