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

Featuring new recordings of Handel’s Resurrezione, Beethoven piano concertos, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 1 and more

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Handel The resurrection

soils; The English Concert / Harry Bicket


Handel’s Easter opera oratorio receives a beautifully elegant reading from Harry Bicket, who conducts an excellent English concerto and a superb ensemble of all-British soloists in this truly marvelous recording.

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Read more: Handel’s message for the modern world

Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3

Kristian Bezuidenhout fp Friborg Baroque Orchestra / Pablo Heras-Casado

Harmonia Mundi

Kristian Bezuidenhout completes his super set of Beethoven concertos with this cheerful and spirited pairing of Nos. 1 and 3.

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Saint-Saens Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2

Alexander Kantorow pf Tapiola Sinfonietta / Jean-Jacques Kantorow


Another completion of the concerto, and one that reveals exactly why Alexander Kantorow graces the cover of this issue.

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Read more: Inside Brahms’ Piano Sonata No. 2 with Alexander Kantorow

Weil Symphony No. 2. Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Lahav Shani

Warner Classics

A fabulous opportunity to hear Kurt Weill’s Second Symphony by young conductor Lahav Shani, combined with a dramatic reading of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.

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Read more: Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony – a deep dive into the best recordings

Schnittke. Shostakovich. Silvestrov ‘Banished’

Matangi Quartet


“A truly remarkable record”, writes Ivan Moody of the Matangi Quartet’s recording, their playing revealing a powerful and lively sense of concentration in a well-chosen programme.

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Beethoven. Brahms. mozart ‘Variants’

Simon Trpceski pf


Three masters of variation – Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart – are explored, and very clearly appreciated, by pianist Simon Trpčeski on this delicious album.

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Rachmaninoff Piano Sonata No. 1. Musical Moments

Steven Osborne pf


Where would one turn today “for a more idiomatic, more intelligent or more beautiful Rachmaninoff game”, asks Patrick Rucker after hearing Steven Osborne’s new version?

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Read more: Top 10 recordings by Sergei Rachmaninoff

“An Old Belief”

The Sixteen / Harry Christophers


An enormously varied program musically and powerfully united thematically, this album shows the impeccable approach to interpretation that Harry Christophers and The Sixteen bring to everything they perform.

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Read more: The Sixteen at 40 – “the core principle of just loving what we were doing never left us; it’s the whole nature of the group’

“A Hall of Mirrors”

Emiliano González Toro, Zachary Wilder tens Set I Gemelli

Gemelli Factory

From the opening number, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, fellow tenor Zachary Wilder and Ensemble I Gemelli gripped us with an irresistible musical creation.

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Veronique Gens, Sandrine Piau sops The Lodge Concert / Julien Chauvin


Two of today’s most beautiful sopranos, Véronique Gens and Sandrine Piau, reveal their total mastery in bringing this kind of repertoire to captivating theatrical life.

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Beethoven Fidelio

Floors included Lise Davidsen; Orchestra of the Royal Opera / Antonio Pappano

Opus Arte

“A musically excellent Fidelio married to an engaging and thought-provoking production,” concludes Hugo Shirley of Beethoven’s opera, with the cast here led by Lise Davidsen.

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Read more: Interview with Lise Davidsen – “I really miss people coughing, I really miss people making that sound!”


Faure. from Indy Piano works

Marguerite Long pf


In this month’s Replay, Rob Cowan recommends this superb APR collection of recordings by legendary pianist and teacher Maguerite Long, an authoritative two-disc set of her complete Fauré and Indy recordings.

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