New Classical Reviews


The December classical music slate covered all genres and eras, the familiar and less familiar, and completely new compositions. To mention just four, these were standouts to our editors: Biber's Mystery Sonatas by Christina Day Martinson and Boston Baroque; Dowland's First Booke of Songes or Ayres by Grace Davidson and David Miller; Schubert String Quartets by the Chiaroscuro Quartet; and Darkest Midnight, a seasonal selection of songs by the female vocal ensemble Papagena.

Blair Sanderson
Aizuri Quartet – Blueprinting
Vladimir Ashkenazy – Debussy: Préludes
Marin Alsop, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra – Bernstein: Anniversaries for Orchestra; Fancy Free; Overture to Candide; Overture to Wonderful Town
Teodor Currentzis, MusicAeterna – Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6
Thomas Dausgaard, Seattle Symphony Orchestra – Nielsen: Symphony No. 3 Sinfonia Espansiva; Symphony No. 4 The Inextinguishable
Grace Davidson, David Miller – John Dowland: First Booke of Songes or Ayres
Christina Day Martinson, Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman – Biber: The Mystery Sonatas
Stéphane Degout, Tabea Zimmermann, Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth – Berlioz: Harold en Italie; Les Nuits d'été
Jean-Francois Heisser, Marie-Josephe Jude – Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
Manfred Honeck, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 Eroica; Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1
Mariss Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra – Strawinsky: Le Sacre du printemps; L'Oiseau de feu
Andrew Manze, James Ehnes, Sarah Fox, Mark Stone, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony; The Lark Ascending
Tim Mead, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, François Lazarevitch – Purcell: Songs & Dances
Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen – Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Gil Rose, Boston Modern Orchestra Project – – Leon Kirchner: Music for Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra – Wagner: Götterdämmerung
James Manheim
John Adams, Berliner Philharmoniker – John Adams Edition
Marin Alsop, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra – Bernstein: Suite for Orchestra from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; Slava!; etc.
Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet – Landfall
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, Masato Suzuki – Verbum Caro Factum Est: A Christmas Greeting
Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin – Brahms: The Symphonies
Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano – Requiem: The Pity of War
Javier Camarena – Contrabandista
Chiaroscuro Quartet – Schubert: String Quartets No. 14 in D minor 'Der Tod und das Mädchen', No. 9 in G minor
Seong-Jin Cho – Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 K.466; Sonatas K.281 & K.332
Allan Clayton, Julius Drake – Liszt: The Complete Songs, Vol. 5
Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin – John Williams: At the Movies
Andrew Davis, Sarah Connolly, Andrew Staples, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus – Elgar: The Music Makers; The Spirit of England
Olivia De Prato – Streya
Joyce DiDonato, Dallas Opera, Patrick Summers – Jake Heggie & Terrence McNally's Great Scott
James Ehnes – James Newton Howard, Aaron Jay Kernis: Violin Concertos
Sir Mark Elder, Hallé – Elgar: Wand of Youth Suites; Salut d'Amour; Nursery Suite; Chanson de Nuit
A Far Cry – Visions and Variations
Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonatas for fortepiano & violin, Vol. 1 – K.304, 306 & 525
Ning Feng – Elgar & Finzi: Violin Concertos
John Eliot Gardiner – Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria
Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber – Schumann: Frage
Venera Gimadieva – Momento Immobile
Kenneth Hamilton – Preludes to Chopin: Sonatas, Barcarolle, Polonaise
Leslie Howard, Mattia Ometto – Liszt: Twelve Symphonic Poems
International Contemporary Ensemble – Aequa: International Contemporary Ensemble performs Anna Thorvaldsdottir
International Contemporary Ensemble – Du Yun: Dinosaur Scar
Vladimir Jurowski, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia "Evegeny Svetlanov" – Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Aleksandra Kurzak, Roberto Alagna- Puccini in Love
Matilda Lloyd, John Reid – Direct Message: 20th & 21st Century Works for Trumpet and Piano
London Haydn Quartet- Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 64
Eric Lu – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4; Chopin: Sonata No. 2; Ballade No. 4
Marsyas Trio – In the Theatre of Air
Neave Trio, Carla Jablonski – Celebrating Piazzolla
Nordic Affect – He(a)r
ORA Singers – The Mystery of Christmas
Jakub Józef Orlinski – Anima Sacra
Papagena – Darkest Midnight: Songs of Winter and Christmas
Raffaele Pe, La Lira di Orfeo – Giulio Caesare, a Baroque hero
Amit Peled – Bach: Suites 1-3
Carolyn Sampson – Abbandonata: Handel Italian Cantatas
Randall Scarlata, Gilbert Kalish – Schubert: Winterreise
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers – Star of Heaven: The Eton Choirbook Legacy
Skylark – Seven Words from the Cross
Tenebrae – A Walk with Ivor Gurney
Elena Urioste, Tom Poster – Estrellita
George Vass, Orchestra Nova – Heavens and the Heart: Choral and Orchestral Music by James Francis Brown
Villiers Quartet, Jeremy Young, Leon Bosch – William Sterndale Bennett: Sextet in F sharp minor; Chamber Trio; String Quartet in G
Roger Waters – Igor Stravinsky's The Solider's Tale: Narration by Roger Waters
Andrew Watts, Iain Burnside – A Countertenor Songbook
John Wilson, BBC Philharmonic – Copland: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 – SymphoniesOriginal Article


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