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
Bach family cantatas capturing exactly what Vox Luminis does best

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Concerto
Howard Shelley explores Cramer’s soundworld of fanciful elegance

'The two concertos on this disc represent a real discovery, and a welcome alternative to the endlessly recycled Mozart and Beethoven canons...

Choral & Song
A dazzling selection of works by Hieronymous Praetorius

'All the interlocking elements of vocal and instrumental 'choirs' are balanced with exceptional skill'

Orchestral
A marvellous orchestral tribute to Knussen and Henze

‘It’s hard to imagine finer, more compelling elucidation of these four, dense and acrobatic scores...

Opera
The production and cast that Barber's Vanessa has been waiting for

'Vanessa is a great American masterpiece. Here now is the production and cast that Vanessa has been waiting...

Instrumental
Elizabeth Kenny deftly interweaves old and new theorbo works

‘Kenny’s performances are technically assured in the trickiest variations, and always with a sense of...

Chamber
A concept album with personal insight into pre-war Jewish life

‘The Jerusalem Quartet has assembled a well-contrasted array of music’

Jazz
A glorious tribute to a jazz life well lived

‘This gorgeous album, celebrates the memory of Pannonica de Koenigswarter with a live programme of pieces...

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September 2019

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