Reviews

Written by the expert critics of BBC Music Magazine and with over a hundred new reviews added every month, the archive dates back to the magazine's launch in 1992 and now includes over 30,000 album reviews. We also provide our albums of the month that we recommend.
Concerto
Julien Chauvin’s period instrument ensemble thrives in Vivaldi concertos

'Altogether, this is glorious music-making. Hearty thanks to Chauvin and his musicians'

Orchestral
A fizzing performance of Bizet and Gounod

It bubbles along with infectious delight in the SCO’s hands – I could listen to them playing this all day – dazzling between...

Opera
An iconic staging of Wagner’s Die Walküre

'The cast in this 2018 staging would have been the envy of every world class opera company. The result is just short of perfection'

Choral & Song
Sandrine Piau leads the way with Baroque gems

'Soprano Sandrine Piau finds just the right balance between beauty of sound and fervent expressivity'...

Chamber
Early Strauss cello sonata given a recording it deserves

'In this persuasive performance by Raphaela Gromes and Julian Riem, the early work bursts into irrepressible life'

Jazz
A joyful fusion of influences in John Law’s Congregation

'The improvisations are fluid, compelling and well developed'

Instrumental
Louis Lortie returns to Fauré with aplomb

'Lortie more than meets the pianistic and musical challenge of Fauré’s unshowy virtuosity, his riding of each dappled ebb and flow of...

Recording of the Month
Víkingur Ólafsson’s revelatory pairing of Debussy and Rameau

'An old friend seen properly for the first time'

This Month's Choices

June 2020

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