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.
Recording of the Month
Bach revisited: Angela Hewitt’s triumphant return to the Partitas

‘Hewitt sounds completely immersed in the music’s expressive soundworld, as well as its peerless structural logic’

Instrumental
Peter Donohoe brings us Tchaikovsky with poise and passion

'Peter Donohoe, while never underplaying the Sonata’s moments of explosive rhetoric, finds a poetic, Chopinesque poise’

Concerto
A showcase of blazing Baroque energy and haunting lyricism

'Dmitri Sinkosky is a latter-day Paganini who brings to this programme of Baroque pyrotechnics the perfect balance of fire and art’

Opera
A radiant restoration of Lully’s Isis

'Rousset pushes performers to their dramatic limits which highlights their flawless execution'

Orchestral
Vasily Petrenko gives voice to Strauss’s tone poems

'Don Quixote emerges as one of the richest orchestral scores ever composed, the ultimate opera for orchestra'

Jazz
Ingenious and energetic improvisation from Elliot Galvin

'The prodigious musicality of Elliot Galvin has propelled him directly into the ranks of the UK’s most credible improvisers/ composers/...

Choral & Song
A dazzling presentation of Haydn’s hidden gem

'Justin Doyle with his team of talented soloists do this work proud'

Chamber
A glorious convergence of ancient and modern from Fretwork

‘The expanded ensemble negotiates the sonorous seven-part delights of Parsons and Purcell with an expansively ear-filling plenitude’...

This Month's Choices

February 2020

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