Monthly Choices

Listen to clips from this month's best reviewed recordings

This Month's Choices

Recording of the Month
Federico Colli captures the concept of opposition in Scarlatti’s Piano Sonatas

The real point of this recording is Federico Colli’s wonderful pianism'

Chamber
A rich, innovative interpretation of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier

‘The Consort sound is a balm of well-tempered, flowing sweetness'

Choral & Song
The myth of Ariadne brought to life in Baroque cantatas

‘Kate Lindsey adds muscle to her lofty and dignified arias'

Concerto
Kristian Bezuidenhout delivers invigorating performances of Beethoven’s concertos

‘This is really exciting playing, and Bezuidenhout’s virtuosity is impressive’

Instrumental
Daniel-Ben Pienaar's captivating musical odyssey across 17th-century Europe

‘The recording is warm yet dry enough to ensure that complex contrapuntal textures never turn to mush'

Jazz
Saxophonist Charles Lloyd's glorious 80th birthday celebration

'The tenor sax guru vis still on transcendental form'

Opera
Joyce DiDonato's heart-breaking performance of Handel's Agrippina

‘Maxim Emelyanychev hits the sweet spot in his tempos, dynamics and realisations, the score aiming to mirror Handel’s lost original...

Orchestral
John Wilson delights audiences with this French programme

‘All the performances are beyond praise and superbly recorded'

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