Monthly Choice

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'

A joyful fusion of influences in John Law’s Congregation

'The improvisations are fluid, compelling and well developed'

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'

Sandrine Piau leads the way with Baroque gems

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

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 the Barcorolles reflecting a mature mastery'

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 wind and strings

Víkingur Ólafsson’s revelatory pairing of Debussy and Rameau

'An old friend seen properly for the first time'

Julien Chauvin’s period instrument ensemble thrives in Vivaldi concertos

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

Hannu Lintu completes his Lutosławski symphony cycle in style

‘Altogether, Lintu’s Lutosławki cycle sets a new standard’

A masterclass in the jazz piano trio

‘Here’s a fine outing from a pianist noted for his ability to stir unexpected concepts into jazz that seem to fit perfectly and naturally but that never seem to occur to anyone else'

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