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.
Choral & Song
An ingenious and moving passion by Gabriel Jackson

‘Jackson’s engaging score is richly colourful and his instrumental writing proves a particular highlight’ 

Chamber
A magnificent programme of trios from the Smetana

‘Intensely emotional language packed with swooning melodies’

Opera
New life breathed into Donizetti's lost opera

‘Mark Elder is a conductor who really understands how to let Donizetti breathe’ 

Instrumental
Beethoven piano sonatas delivered with authority and surprise

‘Rarely is pianistic virtuosity put to the service of such refined artistry’ 

Concerto
Unsentimental, precise Bach concertos from Isabelle Faust

‘Throughout, the playing is of the highest order’

Orchestral
An exhilarating take by Iván Fischer on Mahler's Seventh

‘Iván Fischer contrasts gracious, chamber-textured dances with brilliant fanfares and toppling masses to absolute perfection’ 

Jazz
A characterful live jazz recording of a brilliantly matched duo

‘The music just flows from one state to another with a mixture of energy and grace’ 

Recording of the Month
A dazzling collection of Shostakovich from the Boston Symphony Orchestra

‘Nelsons wins such beautiful phrasing, both collectively and individually’ 

This Month's Choices

June 2019

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