Monthly Choice

Come rain or snow, Iiro Rantala delivers with inventive humour

‘The music affectionately and self-deprecatingly presents traditional Finnish sentiments about the seasons’

Schumann’s multi-faceted work is painted with new colours

‘Tong’s playing reveals Schumann as a thrilling new love rather than a familiar old friend’

Bach, Schnittke and Beethoven more connected than ever

‘A revelatory connected soundscape in which Beethoven’s introspection feels more unsettling than usual’

Dennehy’s ‘docu-cantata’: an arresting portrayal of the Great Irish Famine

‘Katherine Manley and Iarla Ó Lionáird bring tremendous colour and clarity to the storytelling’

A bold new take on Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea

‘Cognitive dissonance reigns as gorgeous music engulfs a drama about moral implosion’

Patricia Kopatchinskaja journeys through time and back

‘Camerata Bern accompanies the violinist on this latest foray into the meaning of life, the universe and everything’

The Minnesota Orchestra shines a new light on Mahler’s First Symphony

‘Every dynamic marking, every nuance of rubato is scrupulously adhered to’

Korngold’s Symphony brilliantly reassessed in John Wilson recording

‘The playing of the Sinfonia of London is astonishingly brilliant, with Hollywood-dream glories in the string tone’

The Leo Richardson Quartet are moving up

‘Their work could stand confidently alongside the great Blue Note sessions by the likes of Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Jackie McLean'

Dreaming up The Magic Flute

‘Steier offers brilliant and convincing solutions to the perennial problems of Die Zauberflote’

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