Editor choice

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

Featuring new releases from Mitsuko Uchida, Leif Ove Andsnes, Stephen Hough, Theater of Voices and more…

Registration of the month

Beethoven Variants “Diabelli”

Mitsuko Uchida pf


This revealing recording of the Diabelli Variations – Mitsuko Uchida’s first solo album in nearly a decade – stands out as a dazzling addition to the work’s rich interpretive history. A superb release.

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‘Mozart Momentum 1786’

Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Leif Ove Andsnes pf

Classic Sony

The second volume of “Mozart Momentum” is just as brilliant as the first; Centered on works from 1786, it is as rich in collaborative spirit as it is in piano refinement.

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J.S. Bach ‘The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol 6’

Benjamin Alard clav/hpd

Harmonia Mundi

Book one of The Well-Tempered Clavier is presented to us by Benjamin Alard on a remarkable-sounding (and looking) harpsichord. A superb performance.

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J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations

Klara Wurtz pf

Piano Classics

by Klara Wurtz Goldbergs explores Bach’s extraordinary and revered set of variations with selfless commitment and personality, bringing delicacy, drama and architectural splendor to this great music.

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Handel “Winged Hands”

Francesco Corti HPD


Our second harpsichord album of the month, and this time it’s Handel, and Francesco Corti, a player who can draw glorious interpretative color from both his instrument and the repertoire he has chosen.

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Schubert Piano Sonatas Nos. 13 and 18

Stephen Hough pf


Truly charming playing by Stephen Hough, giving us the most beautifully formed sound, and a view of Schubert’s music that feels as exploratory as it is rich in understanding of these wonderful works.

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R Clarke ‘Sempiternam’

Latvija State Choir / Māris Sirmais


This second Métier album dedicated to the music of Rhona Clarke perfectly combines the composer’s choral music with the richly resonant sound of the superb State Choir Latvija.

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Johannsson Mass of drones

Theater of Voices; American Contemporary Music Ensemble / Paul Hillier


The fascinating sonic world of the late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson is powerfully captured in this epic work.

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Nesbit sacred choral music

The Choir of King’s College London / Joseph Fort


The music of Edward Nesbit enters with a distinctive voice that combines a mysterious melodic beauty, superbly sung by Ruby Hughes, with a beautifully chiseled texture.

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Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge and other songs

Nicky Spence Ten Jules Drake pf Timothee Ridout Virginia Piatti Quartet


Nicky Spence and her colleagues deliver this set of Vaughan Williams songs with the passion and conviction of true storytellers.

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Zandonai Francesca from Rimini

soils; Deutsche Oper Orchestra, Berlin / Carlo Rizzi


“A great achievement”, writes Tim Ashley of this extraordinary Berlin production of Zandonai Francesca from Rimini.

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‘Norma Fisher at the BBC, Vol 3’

Norma Fisher pf

Doorbell Classics

The third installment in a wonderful series of BBC shows by famed teacher Norma Fisher. It was a remarkable journey of discovery, and it’s also a remarkable story, which you can read about in the May issue.

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