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Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Sonatas (violin: Leonidas Kavakos, piano: Enric…

This joyous set of Beethoven’s sonatas takes its place among the very best.


Giovanni Battista Pergolesi – Septem verba a Christo (Sophie Karthaüser, Chri…

In its own way, the Seven Words of Christ is just as sublime as the Stabat Mater.


Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky – Pictures, Sarcasms & Visions (feat. piano: Stev…

This sensitive, dynamic recording is a joy, and may even constitute a revelation.


Franz Schubert – Schubert Edition Vol. 7: Erlkönig (baritone: Matthias Goerne…

The pair exhibits a refined style on these illuminating performances.


Benjamin Britten – The Rape of Lucretia (conductor: Oliver Knussen; Aldeburgh…

A deeply affecting experience that ought to win the opera many new admirers.


Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas vol. 51 (Bach Collegium Japan; conductor: Ma…

Fluently stylish and idiomatic, these performers live and breathe Bach’s music.


Johann Sebastian Bach – Das Wohltemperierte Clavier (Books I and II) (feat. p…

Schiff transcends all questions of instrumentation to deliver a pure experience.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Don Giovanni (Ildebrando D’Arcangelo; Mahler Chambe…

The most exciting and consistently well-sung Don Giovanni to appear for several years.


Nils Frahm – Screws

Nine meditations upon a broken thumb.


Leonardo Vinci – Artaserse (Philippe Jaroussky; Max Emanuel Cencic; Coro dell…

Vinci?s final opera possesses extraordinary energy and some beautiful moments.


Ludwig van Beethoven – The Beethoven Journey: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (fea…

The first step on what seems to be a joyous journey for the Norwegian pianist.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 21 (feat. piano: Mitsuko U…

Uchida’s measured approach reaps rewards, capturing the joy in this life-affirming music.


Felix Mendelssohn – Violin Concertos / The Hebrides (violin: Alina Ibragimova…

Ibragimova?s svelte, unforced violin tone is just right.


Johann Sebastian Bach – Harpsichord Concertos (Retrospect Ensemble; harpsicho…

A fresh-feeling recording of ear-popping brilliance.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – La Finta Giardiniera (Freiburger Barockorchester; R…

An overwhelmingly joyous account of one of Mozart?s lesser-known operas.


Carl Nielsen – Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 (New York Philharmonic; conductor: Alan …

Rich and hugely enjoyable performances.


Hector Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique (Scottish Chamber Orchestra; conductor…

Demands to be heard by all lovers of Berlioz’s best-known orchestral work.


Josef Suk – Prague / A Summer?s Tale (BBC Symphony Orchestra; conductor: Ji?í…

B?lohlávek and the BBC SO make a powerful case for this intense work.


Ernest Bloch – Voice in the Wilderness, Schelomo, From Jewish Life; Kol Nidre…

A lovely piece of programming, tenderly performed.


Chilly Gonzales – Solo Piano II

Tranquillity triumphs on the erudite Canadian?s latest album.

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