Monday, April 16, 2012

Gramophone Award winners for May

The Gramophone Editor's Choices for May are:

1. Rafal Blaechacz Plays Debussy and Szymanowski  - Rafal Blaechacz - (Deutsche Grammophon) DISC OF THE MONTH

2. Ysaye: Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 - Tai Murray - (Harmonia Mundi)

3. Brahms: Works for Chorus and Orchestra - Collegium Vocale Gent & Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Philippe Herreweghe - (PHI)

4. Tune thy Musicke to Thy Hart - Stile Antico & Fretwork - (Harmonia Mundi)

5. Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem - Katharine Fuge (soprano), Matthew Brook (bass), Monteverdi Choir & Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner - (SDG)

6. Medtner: Arabesques, Dithyrambs, Elegies - Hamish Milne - (Hyperion)

7. Shostakovich: Piano Concertos - Alexander Melnikov, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Teodor Currentzis - (Harmonia Mundi)

8. Manuel de Falla: Works for Stage and Concert Hall - BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena -  (Chandos)

9. Beethoven: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 7 - Peter Cropper (violin), Moray Welsh (cello) & Martin Roscoe (piano) - (Somimage)

10. Dvorak: Cello Concerto - Zuill Bailey, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Jun Markl - (Telarc)

11. Schubert: Chamber Works - Busch Chamber Ensemble, Rudolf Serkin - (Regis) - REISSUE OF THE MONTH

12. Mozart - Die Zauberflote, K620 - Günther Groissböck (Sarastro), Saimir Pirgu (Tamino), Albina Shagimuratova (Queen of the Night), Genia Kühmeier (Pamina), Ailish Tynan (Papagena), Alex Esposito (Papageno) & Peter Bronder (Monostatos), Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala & Choir of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, Roland Böer (conductor) & William Kentridge (stage director) -  (Opus Arte La Scala Collection) - DVD OF THE MONTH, BLUE-RAY OF THE MONTH

If you're reading this, I'd love to hear your comments about these selections!

I can attest to the Medtner and Shostakovich recordings, which I own, but I'm interested in the Rafal Blaechacz Debussy/Szymanowski, Manuel de Falla, and Beethoven Trio albums.  Also, has anyone heard the new Beethoven Complete Trios performed by the Trio Wanderer on Harmonia Mundi?

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