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Gramophone Editor’s Pick: January 2022 | The best new classical recordings

The best new classical recordings reviewed in the January 2022 issue of Gramophone, featuring Lise Davidsen & Leif Ove Andsnes, Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Sol Gabetta, Cecilia Bartoli and more…

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Grieg songs

Lise Davidson coax Leif Ove Andsnes pf


This magazine’s admiration for young soprano Lise Davidsen has already earned her many accolades – and this album, on which Leif Ove Andsnes proves a perfect partner, deserves another.

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Messiaen Orchestral works

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Kent Nagano


This superb collection of large-scale works by Messiaen, including poems for me and a remarkable The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christis brilliantly recorded.

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Arensky. Shostakovich Trios with piano

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen


Two trios by Shostakovich – including his extraordinary Second – and one by Arensky, performed with irresistible conviction by the Trio Con Brio Copenhagen.

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bartok String Quartets, Vol. 2

Ragazze Quartet

Channel Classics

The Ragazze Quartet’s incredibly lively Bartók’s playing, full of captivating (superbly captured) physics that always seem to probe the extremes of music in a thoroughly seductive way.

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Saint-Saens “Chamber music with winds”

Soloists of the Orchester de Paris


A truly delightful contribution to Saint-Saëns’ anniversary events – an investigation of his chamber music for wind instrument, by the musicians of the Orchester de Paris.

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‘Ground & Pat’

Patricia Kopatchinskaja vn Sol Gabetta cv


Two brilliantly individual soloists bring their personalities to a partnership (and an incredibly diverse repertoire!) and an album that delights from start to finish.

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‘Sequel to the Time Traveler’

Inon Barnatan pf


A fascinating and stimulating program – ranging from the Baroque to the 21st century – which works wonderfully, thanks of course to the extremely impressive pianism of Inon Barnatan.

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Monteverdi “Daylight – Stories of Songs, Dances and Loves”

Concerto Italiano / Rinaldo Alessandrini


A sequel to Concerto Italiano’s 2017 album of nocturnal madrigals recrosses Monteverdi’s life to construct an inspired recital.

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Cecile Bartoli me Basel Chamber Orchestra / Muhai Tang


These ‘unreleased’ pieces by Cecilia Bartoli date back to 2013 – but, full as they are of the famous dramatic presence and jaw-dropping virtuosity of the mezzo, they are well worth the wait!

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Handel “Handel’s Unsung Heroes”

soils; La Nuova Musica / David Bates


A splendid line-up of Handel soloists – including Iestyn Davies and Lucy Crowe – join the musicians in equally stunning form for another triumph orchestrated by conductor David Bates.

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Dvorak Rusalka

soils; Teatro Orchestra Real Madrid / Ivor Bolton

C Major Entertainment

Sleek production and a superb lead by soprano Asmik Grigorian make this a highly recommendable show. Rusalka on DVD.

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Verdi Requiem Mass

soils; Bavarian Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra / Riccardo Muti


A 1981 live recording of Verdi’s mighty Requiem under Riccardo Muti – his fourth disc now, and a very fine addition – features an impressive list of soloists.

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