That includes Hilary Hahn, Leif Ove Andsnes, Nathalie Stutzmann, Stephen Hough and lots of extra – all of those excellent albums have been launched in 2021 and all have been chosen as Editor’s Selection in Gramophone
As you will notice beneath, 2021 has already been an distinctive 12 months for classical music on report. Gramophone subscribers can comply with the hyperlinks beneath every album to learn the unique evaluate in Gramophone‘s Evaluations Database (find out more) and Apple Music subscribers can hearken to most of the albums right here too.
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Mahler Symphony No 7
Bavarian State Orchestra / Kirill Petrenko
A exceptional recording of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, Kirill Petrenko revealing element as if new, presenting it with thrilling vividness and weaving it right into a efficiency of beautiful impression.
Brahms Symphony No 3. Serenade No 2
Budapest Pageant Orchestra / Iván Fischer
Iván Fischer leads his gamers in a richly expressive efficiency of each Brahms’s Third Symphony and Second Serenade, a phenomenal orchestral sound splendidly caught all through.
Shostakovich Symphonies Nos 1, 14 & 15
Boston Symphony Orchestra / Andris Nelsons
Andris Nelson’s cycle reaches a excessive level, with performances exploring and relishing Shostakovich’s drama and creativeness.
Tine Factor Helseth tpt Kåre Nordstoga org
A programme of evergreen favourites – for trumpeter and audiences alike (although with many discoveries too!) – all performed with a joyful sense of evident love for the repertoire.
Randall Goosby vn Zhu Wang pf
A wonderful debut from a latest Decca signing – one taught by Itzhak Perlman no much less – whose album shines a highlight on uncared for music, some new works, and most of all on an exquisite younger violinist.
JS Bach Six Keyboard Partitas, BWV825‑30
Mahan Esfahani hpd
Mahan Esfahani provides deeply thought-through interpretations introduced with compelling conviction – added to that, he’s recorded them on a charming fashionable instrument.
Bull. Byrd ‘The Visionaries of Piano Music’
Package Armstrong pf
Package Armstrong brings a private fashionable imaginative and prescient to this keyboard music of centuries previous, gracing it with a sensitivity and affection that feels solely of our time.
Viviana Lasaracina pf
Enrique Granados’s atmospheric masterpiece Goyescas is obtainable right here by Viviana Lasaracina in an entrancing album; she embraces the work’s colors and keenness, and brilliantly brings all of it to life.
Isata Kanneh-Mason pf
Isata Kanneh-Mason follows her debut of Clara Schumann’s music by providing her advocacy to a different well-chosen programme, this time of American composers, all performed with nice heat.
Mouton ‘Ezekiel’s Eagle’
Cappella Pratensis / Stratton Bull
Cappella Pratensis show themselves to be an ensemble of beautiful ability, voices steeped in each artistry and character, Jean Mouton’s music formed and sung fantastically.
Brahms Piano Concertos
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / András Schiff pf
ECM New Sequence
These lovely period-instrument performances, directed by András Schiff from a restored 1859 Blüthner, carry a compelling freshness to Brahms’s much-loved piano concertos.
JS Bach Orchestral Suites
Concerto Copenhagen / Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Put together to bounce, reviewer Mark Seow suggests of Concerto Copenhagen and Lars Ulrik Mortensen’s album of Bach suites – a superb instance of this glorious group at its finest.
Schreker Der Geburtstag der Infantin Zemlinsky Die Seejungfrau
RLPO / Vasily Petrenko
Vasily Petrenko and his excellent Merseyside musicians reveal their wealthy rapport as soon as once more in two orchestral works of lush late Romanticism.
Barber. Seashore. Value ‘American Quintets’
Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective
A splendid debut from the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective of an interesting programme, together with the premiere recording of Florence Value’s Quintet.
Mozart Serenades Nos 10 & 11
Sols of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
One other new recording of the Gran Partita, and like all the perfect takes on this masterpiece it completely delights; period-performance Mozart at its most participating.
Duruflé Full Organ Works
Thomas Trotter org
A riveting journey by way of Duruflé’s full organ music from the ever-brilliant Thomas Trotter, who attracts probably the most lovely colors from the lately restored King’s Faculty, Cambridge organ.
Vladigerov Piano Works
Nadejda Vlaeva pf
The richly Romantic sound-world of Twentieth-century Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladigerov is dropped at entrancing life by Nadejda Vlaeva on this splendid new addition to Hyperion’s catalogue.
Jean Rondeau hpd
That is an entrancing providing from harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, certainly one of at instances virtually otherworldly depth as he takes us on a Europe-wide exploration of music of probably the most reflective nature.
Kate Lindsey mez Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen
Energy, its corruption and corrosiveness, is the topic of this beautiful album from mezzo Kate Lindsey, joined by the brilliantly attentive artistry of Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo.
Sols; The English Live performance / Harry Bicket
An outstanding soloist line-up and excellent shaping of the drama by the conductor Harry Bicket makes for a brand new high suggestion of Handel’s Rodelinda for reviewer Richard Wigmore.
Mozart ‘Momentum 1785’
Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Leif Ove Andsnes pf
It is a fantastically carried out and recorded album of Mozart music from Leif Ove Andsnes and his Mahler CO colleagues, one clearly created amid a spirit of heat collaboration.
R Strauss Burleske. Ein Heldenleben
Bertrand Chamayou pf Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Antonio Pappano
A wonderful showcase of Pappano’s partnership together with his Rome ensemble, and with Chamayou thrilling within the Burleske.
‘The Moon & the Forest’
Miloš Karadaglić gtr
Miloš introduces us to 2 participating new concertos for guitar by Howard Shore and Joby Talbot, each written and carried out with a transparent affection for the instrument’s sonority and soul.
Hindemith Wind Sonatas
Les Vents Français; Éric Le Sage pf
5 excellent woodwind soloists, paired with an ideal pianist accomplice in Éric Le Sage (and all captured in vivid sound), makes for a really compelling album of Hindemith.
Franck Organ Works
Pétur Sakari org
Pétur Sakari’s album of Franck organ music on the fabulous sounding Cavaillé-Coll instrument of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Orléans (excellently recorded by BIS), is a fantastic sonic spectacular.
Ysaÿe Six Solo Violin Sonatas
James Ehnes vn
A recording that owes a lot to our instances, emotionally and virtually – it was home-recorded throughout lockdown – it is a very wonderful survey of Ysaÿe’s solo violin sonatas from James Ehnes.
JS Bach ‘Meins Lebens licht’
Collegium Vocale Gent / Philippe Herreweghe
An beautiful addition, wealthy in texture and color, to the spectacular Bach catalogue being created by Philippe Herreweghe and his excellent Collegium Vocale Gent.
Louise Alder sop Joseph Middleton pf
Evocative and splendid singing from Louise Alder, a soprano who embodies all of the ambiance and thriller of this beautiful programme, simply as does pianist Joseph Middleton in his enjoying.
The Choir of St John’s Faculty, Cambridge / Andrew Nethsingha
The contribution of Andrew Nethsingha and St John’s Faculty, Cambridge to the Evensong custom – each within the chapel and on report – deserves nice reward; one other fascinating album.
Bartók Duke Bluebeard’s Citadel
Sols; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Susanna Mälkki
Distinctive soloists and a conductor who shapes the rating brilliantly create a wonderful recording of Bartók’s darkish opera, warmly welcomed by Edward Seckerson.
‘Proust, Le live performance retrouvé’
Théotime Langlois de Swarte vn Tanguy de Williencourt pf
A very pleasant and lovingly carried out recital, recreating a 1907 personal live performance held by Proust, and utilizing two devices of wonderful character and color held in Paris’s Musée de la Musique.
Carter The Minotaur. Pocahontas
Boston Fashionable Orchestra Challenge / Gil Rose
One other important contribution to our understanding of contemporary and American music from the Boston Fashionable Orchestra Challenge beneath their conductor Gil Rose.
JS Bach ‘The Nicely-Tempered Consort, Vol 2’
That is an album of fully compelling collaboration from the Gramophone Award-winning viol consort, a richly rewarding immersion into the complexity and great thing about Bach’s world.
Johan Dalene vn Christian Ihle Hadland pf
Violinist Johan Dalene – winner of the celebrated Carl Nielsen Competitors in 2019 – and pianist Christian Ihle Hadland mesmerise in Nordic music outdated and new.
Stanchinsky Piano Works
Peter Jablonski pf
Early Twentieth-century composer Alexey Stanchinsky’s music can be a discovery for a lot of if not most, and it might probably ask for no higher advocacy than that of Peter Jablonski on this fantastic recording.
Berg. R Strauss. Zemlinsky ‘Clair-obscur’
Sandrine Piau sop Orchestre ‘Victor Hugo’ Franche‑Comté / Jean‑François Verdier
Soprano Sandrine Piau provides a fantastically crafted and movingly sung recital.
Monteverdi ‘Il delirio della passione’
Anna Lucia Richter sop Ensemble Claudiana / Luca Pianca
Anna Lucia Richter embodies all of the drama and tragedy of those Monteverdi heroines with gripping immediacy, backed by equally expressive instrumental colleagues.
Pergolesi Stabat mater
Giulia Semenzato sop Lucile Richardot mez Ensemble Resonanz / Riccardo Minasi
There’s an unimaginable depth and individuality to those performances – a Pergolesi Stabat mater of actual poignancy.
‘The Sweetest Songs’ Music from the Baldwin Partbooks, Vol 3
Contrapunctus / Owen Rees
An beautiful album of early music from Contrapunctus, concluding an outstanding survey of works from the Baldwin Partbooks, a significant assortment of Tudor church music.
Ludovic Tézier bar Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna / Frédéric Chaslin
Ludovic Tézier’s baritone voice and interpretative aptitude makes this a vivid journey by way of a number of the key Verdi roles he’s thrilled opera homes with.
Steven Osborne, Paul Lewis pf
Two of right now’s most compelling soloists unite for this lovely recital – from radiancy in Ravel to playfulness in Poulenc, by way of some elegant Debussy, this album is sheer pleasure from starting to finish.
Beethoven Triple Concerto. Symphony No 2
Isabelle Faust vn Jean‑Guihen Queyras vc Alexander Melnikov pf Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Pablo Heras‑Casado
Collaborative music at its most sensible.
Elgar Violin Concerto. Violin Sonata
Renaud Capuçon vn Stephen Hough pf London Symphony Orchestra / Simon Rattle
Refined and emotive Elgar from a violinist who deeply understands this music’s coronary heart.
Mahler Symphony No 4
Anna Lucia Richter sop Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Jakub Hrůša
Transferring and fantastically crafted Mahler, the symphony’s sweep fantastically introduced by an ever-impressive conductor and gamers deeply immersed in its idiom.
Iceland Symphony Orchestra / Daníel Bjarnason
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s three-disc survey of recent music linked to its homeland concludes, exploring panorama and soundscape with extraordinary creativeness.
Danny Driver pf
Danny Driver’s fascinating reflections within the final problem on Ligeti’s Études completely paved the way in which for listening to the recording, and it’s one which brilliantly grasps after which conveys all of the music’s inventiveness and virtuosity.
Zlata Chochieva pf
Zlata Chochieva follows her latest splendid albums of Chopin and Rachmaninov with one thing as intriguing as it’s compelling: transcriptions that reveal each the shape and a formidable pianist at their absolute best.
Gesualdo Madrigals, Books 3 & 4
Les Arts Florissants / Paul Agnew
Les Arts Florissants comply with the Award-winning preliminary instalment of their collection of Gesualdo madrigals with a brand new quantity that proves equally as intense in its intimacy and artistry.
Sols; Academy of Historical Music / Julian Perkins
Remarkably, John Eccles’s ultimate opera lay unperformed till 1964, and solely now will get its second recording – however what entrancing and fascinating advocacy it right here receives.
Lise Davidsen Arias and Songs
Lise Davidsen sop London Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder
Few younger artists have generated such a buzz as our cowl artist, and her vastly spectacular new album reveals precisely why.
Hilary Hahn vn Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra / Mikko Franck
From the late lyricism of Rautavaara to the pressing depth of Prokofiev, Hilary Hahn’s charming tribute to the town of Paris is imaginatively programmed and brilliantly carried out.
Locatelli ‘Il labirinto armonico’
Finnish Baroque Orchestra / Ilya Gringolts vn
From the opening monitor onwards, elegant enjoying launches a programme wealthy in attraction from Ilya Gringolts and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, all on glowing type.
D Matthews A Imaginative and prescient of the Sea
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Jac van Steen
David Matthews’s sound world attracts you in with expressive orchestral writing, whether or not evoking the solar or sea, or in his fantastically crafted Eighth Symphony.
Holmboe String Quartets, Vol 1
The Nightingale Quartet’s survey of Danish composer Vagn Holmboe’s string quartets couldn’t have a extra auspicious begin: carried out with a gripping sense of drama and caught in richly vivid sound.
Liszt Piano Works
Benjamin Grosvenor pf
The excellent pianist Benjamin Grosvenor continues to compile a richly assorted discography, the repertoire at all times rigorously chosen and the enjoying at all times deeply participating, with a formidable recital of Liszt.
Ksenija Sidorova accordion
What higher technique to mark the centenary of Piazzolla’s start than this programme from accordionist Ksenija Sidorova steeped within the soul and spirit of the tango grasp’s music?
Purcell Royal Odes
The King’s Consort / Robert King
A wonderful album of Purcell Odes and Welcome Songs from The King’s Consort, Robert King’s spectacular collection of singers and instrumentalists alike all on sensible type all through.
‘And Love Mentioned …’
Jodie Devos sop Nicolas Krüger pf
Following her thrilling Offenbach album two years in the past, Jodie Devos reveals herself simply as compelling and communicative on this private programme of English-language tune.
Sols; Les Talens Lyriques / Christophe Rousset
One other fantastically carried out and ready recording from conductor Christophe Rousset, the singing and enjoying – from Les Talens Lyriques – beautiful all through.
Orfeo 55 / Nathalie Stutzmann contr
Nathalie Stutzmann invitations us to rethink the repertoire of contraltos written at a time when castratos and sopranos have been their period’s stars: the case couldn’t be higher made than right here.
Rachmaninov Symphony No 1. Symphonic Dances
The Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Final problem, we explored the legacy of Rachmaninov and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin proves himself not only a sensible custodian, however a conductor creating an period of his personal.
‘English Music for Strings’
Sinfonia of London / John Wilson
As soon as once more John Wilson attracts probably the most wonderful sound from his hand-picked orchestra, lavishing care and devotion on repertoire that would have been written for him.
JS Bach Das wohltemperirte Clavier, E-book 2 – alternatives
Piotr Anderszewski pf
Considerate and thought-provoking programming by Piotr Anderszewski is paired with delicate interpretation all through, making for a compelling Bach album.
Stephen Hough pf
Stephen Hough follows his Beethoven concerto album with a extra intimate, private meditation on life and dying, a journey bookended with Bach-based reflections, and all carried out together with his normal intelligence and aptitude.
Ensemble Les Surprises / Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
A vibrant step into 18th-century English music from Ensemble Les Surprises sees the French group shine in works each acquainted and lesser recognized from Purcell and friends.