GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice

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GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice


Cullingford, Martin, Gramophone


Take some of today's best singers, a conductor steeped in Berlioz's sound world and the commitment of an everenterprising label, and the result is a landmark recording of this epic.

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

RECORDING OF THE MONTH

BERLIOZ

Les Troyens

Sols; Strasbourg Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra / John Nelson

Erato

* MARK PULLINGER'S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 56

'GRANDISSIMA GRAVITA'

Rachel Podger vn

Brecon Baroque

Channel Classics Splendid musicmaking from an artist, Rachel Podger, whose own performances are matched by her ability to inspire her colleagues.

* REVIEW ON PAGE 80

SCHUBERT

Nacht und Traume

Wiebke Lehmkuhl mez

Stanislas de Barbeyrac ten Accentus; Insula Orchestra / Laurence Equilbey

Erato

Fresh from Paris's newest venue come these orchestrations of Schubert songs.

* REVIEW ON PAGE 103

'SECRETS'

Marianne Crebassa mez

Fazil Say pf

Erato

Fin de siecle song from Duparc to late Faure forms the basis of this impressive recital, Crebassa's tone and shading ideal in this repertoire, well matched throughout by pianist Fazil Say.

* REVIEW ON PAGE 107

GRANADOS

Goyescas

Jose Menor pf

IBS Classical

Jose Menor is a committed champion of the music of Spain and Granados, and on the strength of this wonderful performance, what a gift to his country's culture he clearly is.

* REVIEW ON PAGE 90

'GOLD'

The King's Singers

Signum

What better way for the ever-impressive King's Singers to mark their half century than by new recordings exploring the rich diversity of repertoire modern, early, sacred and secular--for which they are known?

* REVIEW ON PAGE 104

DEBUSSY

Pelleas et Melisande

Sols; London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle

LSO Live

Expectations are high for Sir Simon Rattle's new partnership with the LSO; this is a work he clearly loves, and the result bodes well for all that lies ahead. …

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