Once again, our reviewers heard quite a variety of music this past month, so everyone from lovers of grand opera to those favoring intimate chamber music will find something worth trying. Prolific conductor Sir Mark Elder takes on Wagner's ">Parsifal, while pianist David Fray surveys the music of Chopin. The Monteverdi anniversary celebrations continue with Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini assembling The Other Vespers from Monteverdi's motets and music by his contemporaries. The recent death of famed Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek adds a layer of significance to Dvorák's Stabat Mater, one of his last recordings.





Blair Sanderson

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Telemann: Concerti per molti stromenti
Binchois Consort, Andrew Kirkman - Music for the 100 Years' War
Mark Elder, Hallé Orchestra - Wagner: Parsifal
Feng Bian - Franz Liszt: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 46 - Berlioz Transcriptions
Iván Fischer - Mahler: Symphony No. 3
David Fray - Chopin
Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Monteverdi: The Other Vespers
Philippe Jordan, L'Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Prokofiev: Classical Symphony
Sun-Wook Kim, Mark Elder, Hallé Orchestra - Brahms: Piano ConcertosJulia Lezhneva - Carl Heinrich Graun: Opera Arias
Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra - Brahms: The Symphonies
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, RIAS Kammerchor - Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1-5
Steven Osborne, Ludovic Morlot, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Ravel: Piano Concertos; Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles - Maurice Ravel: Daphnis & Chloé, Complete Ballet
Enrike Solinís, Euskal Barrokensemble - El Amor Brujo - Esencias de la música de Manuel de Falla
Krzysztof Urbanski, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester - Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World'; A Hero's Song Op. 111
Villiers Quartet - Delius, Elgar: String Quartets

James Manheim

Margherita Bassani, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Damian Iorio - Ildebrando Pizzetti: Symphony in A; Harp Concerto
Jiří Bělohlávek - Dvorák: Stabat Mater
Sophie Bevan, The Mozartists, Ian Page - Perfido!
Carice Singers, George Parris - Frederick Delius, Arnold Bax: Choral MusicViviane Chassot - Haydn: Keyboard Concertos
Cinquecento - Jean Guyot: Te Deum laudamus
Collegium 1704, Vaclav Luks - Jan Dimas Zelenka: Sonatas, ZWV 181
Laurence Equilbey, Accentus, Insula Orchestra - Mozart: Coronation Mass; Vesperae solennes de confessore
The Fraternity - Requiem
Christian Gerhaher, Gebold Huber - Brahms: Die Schoene Magelone
Ann Hallenberg, Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset - Farinelli
Marc-André Hamelin, London Philharmonic, Vladimir Jurowski - Medtner: Piano Concerto No. 2; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3
Sam Haywood - Stanford: Preludes
Alina Ibragimova, Cédric Tiberghien - Mozart: Violin Sonatas Nos. 12, 16, 17, 23, 32, 36
JACK Quartet, Doric String Quartet, Carducci String Quartet, Guy Johnston - Bracing Change
Olivier Latry - Voyages
Andrew Manze, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony; Symphony No. 4
Alexander Melnikov - Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2, 6, 8
The Nash Ensemble - Bruch: String Octet; String Quintets
La Nuova Musica, David Bates - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; J.S. Bach: Cantatas, BWV 54 & 170
Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic - Elgar: Symphony No. 2
The Rose Singers, Peter Foggitt, Paul Plummer - Ablaze with Light: Choral Music by William Petter
Daniele Rustioni - Bellini: Adelson e Salvini
Julia Severus - Rachmaninov: Rare Piano Transcriptions
St. Paul's Cathedral Choir - Jubilate: 500 Years of Cathedral Music
John Storgårds, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - George Antheil: Symphony No. 4 "1942"; Symphony No. 5 "Joyous"; Over the Plains
Ivo Varbanov, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Emil Tabakov- Dimitar Nenov: Piano Concerto; Ballade
Various Artists - Gordon Crosse: Elegy Op. 1; Concerto Op. 8; Concertino Op. 15; Violin Concerto No. 2 Op. 26
Les Vents Français - Beethoven
Arcadi Volodos - Volodos Plays Brahms
Kitty Whately, Simon Lepper - Nights Not Spent Alone
Roderick Williams, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Christopher Yates - Howard Skempton: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner; Only the Sound Remains