Monthly Choices

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This Month's Choices

Orchestral
Fauré fully illuminated: a glorious new recording of orchestral works

‘Ivor Bolton and his players have clearly taken the composer’s aggravation seriously and the result is pure delight’

Instrumental
Mahan Esfahani celebrates the quirky flamboyance of Bach’s toccatas

‘Under Mahan Esfahani’s fleet fingers, and even fleeter imagination, the toccatas positively fly’

Choral & Song
Concentrated power and richness in Melody Moore’s American songs

‘A performance full of interest and vividly communicative artistry’

Concerto
Fenella Humphreys soars in The Four Seasons Recomposed

‘Humphreys mines the repetitive melodies for subtelties of colour, rather than drama’

Recording of the Month
Bringing Handel’s sopranos to life

‘Crowe and Bevan recreate two prime donne through their own blazing talents’

Chamber
A musical encounter alive with penetrating intelligence

‘An iridescent sonic weave which lingers long in the ear’

Opera
Dreaming up The Magic Flute

‘Steier offers brilliant and convincing solutions to the perennial problems of Die Zauberflote’

Jazz
The Leo Richardson Quartet are moving up

‘Their work could stand confidently alongside the great Blue Note sessions by the likes of Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Jackie McLean...

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