Reviews

Written by the expert critics of BBC Music Magazine and with over a hundred new reviews added every month, the archive dates back to the magazine's launch in 1992 and now includes over 30,000 album reviews. We also provide our albums of the month that we recommend.
Recording of the Month
The best recording of Handel’s Samson yet

‘John Butt’s deep grasp of Handel’s rhetoric and of large scale structure turns the work’s patchwork quality into a virtue...

Orchestral
Lucas Blondeel and Le Concert d'Anvers express freedom and originality in Haydn

‘Performance of all three works are lively and compelling, and the recording is first-rate’

Concerto
Emmanuel Pahud shines in glorious selection of flute concertos

‘The Munich Radio Orchestra handles the extremities in dynamics and textures well'

Opera
Emerging countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński wows in Baroque arias

‘The disc is a masterpiece of sleuthing and programming’

Choral & Song
Claire Booth and Christopher Glynn's stunning Grieg recital

‘Claire Booth and Christopher Glynn build a three-parter that makes this a very special Grieg recital.’

Jazz
Kit Downes's latest album brings us jazz – but not as we know it

'Downes stays at the centre of the music and, while sax player Tom Challenger is never far away, the other players move in and out of orbit...

Chamber
Trio Khnopff give Weinberg the recognition he deserves

'Trio Khnopff are enterprising, placing the Piano Trio next to other compositions Weinberg wrote following the end of the Second World War,...

Opera
La Nuova Musica set the bar in Gluck's Orfeo ed Eurydice

‘This is directorship at its most alert, and aiding Bates is an optimal cast’

This Month's Choices

January 2020

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