Artists who tickle the ivories tickled the fancy of our classical reviewers in June. Keyboard music by composers ranging from Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti, to Haydn, to Rachmaninov, and to Terry Riley was found, performed by artists such as Mahan Esfanhani, Tzimon Barto, Olivier Cavé, Leon McCawley, and the duet team ZOFO. There were piano improvisations by Gabriela Montero and Keith Jarrett in the mix as well. June was also the 150th anniversary of the birth of Danish composer Carl Nielsen, which was celebrated by new renditions of his symphonies and concertos featuring Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, and another set of the symphonies with John Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.





Blair Sanderson
Marc Albrecht, Elizabeth Watts, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra - Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4Amar Quartet - Hindemith: String Quartets, Vol. 3
Tzimon Barto - Bach: Goldberg Variations
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, François-Frédéric Guy - Transcriptions for Two Pianists
Fabrizio Bigotti, Musica Flexanima - Gregorio Allegri: Opere inedite dia manoscritti della Collectio Altæmps
Edding Quartet, Northernlight - Schubert: Octet; Quartettsatz
Iván Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Simon Gaudenz, Odense Symphony Orchestra - Schumann: Symphonies
Alan Gilbert, New York Philharmonic - Carl Nielsen: Violin Concerto; Flute Concerto; Clarinet Concerto
Alan Gilbert, New York Philharmonic - Carl Nielsen: The Symphonies & Concertos
Michael Habermann - Sorabji: Piano Music
Vladimir Horowitz - Horowitz Plays Scriabin: Remastered
Alina Ibragimova - Ysaÿe: Sonatas for Solo Violin
Ives String Quartet - Quincy Porter: String Quartets Nos. 5-8
Philippe Jordan - Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé; La Valse
Alexei Lubimov - Ives, Berg, Webern: Concord
Leon McCawley - Rachmaninov: The Complete Preludes
Gabriela Montero - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Montero: Ex Patria; Improvisations
Ludovic Morlot, Seattle Symphony Orchestra - Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 "New World"; Varèse: Amériques
Trevor Pinnock, Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble - Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr. Schoenberg)
Sviatoslav Richter - Sviatoslav Richter: The Complete Album Collection
Lan Shui, Singapore Symphony Orchestra - Debussy: La Mer
Michael Stern, Kansas City Symphony - Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ"; Introduction and Rondo capriccioso; La muse et le poète
John Storgårds, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Nielsen: Complete Symphonies
Klaus Tennstedt - Mahler: Symphony No. 5; Kindertotenlieder

James Manheim
Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra, Jeannette Sorrell - Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering
Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen - Haydn: Sinfonia concertante; Mozart: Concertos
Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier - Pablo Ortiz: Gallos y Huesos; Notker
Benjamin Baker, Robert Thompson - The Last Rose of Summer
Tobias Berndt, Alexander Fleischer - Fanny Hensel: Goethe-Lieder
Olivier Cavé - Joseph Haydn, Domenico Scarlatti: Chiaro e scuro
Sir Mark Elder, Hallé - Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Sir Mark Elder, Hallé - Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony
Mahan Esfahani - Time Present and Time Past
Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini - Il Filosofo
Steven Isserlis, Stephen Hough - Mendelssohn, Grieg, Hough: Cello Sonatas
Keith Jarrett - Barber: Piano Concerto; Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3; Keith Jarrett: Tokyo Encore
Paavo Järvi, Estonian Concert Choir - Shostakovich: Cantatas
Keller Quartet - Cantante e Tranquillo
King's College Choir. Stephen Cleobury - Evensong Live, 2015
King's College Choir, Stephen Cleobury - Favourite Carols from King's
Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica - New Seasons
Lorin Maazel - Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Paul McCreesh - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, 1740
Sakari Oramo, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Hamburger Sinfonien Wq 182
Phantasm - William Lawes: The Royal Consort
Elizabeth Joy Roe - Britten, Barber: Piano Concertos; Nocturnes
Valer Barna-Sabadus - Mozart: Castrato Arias
Mari Samuelsen, Håkon Samuelsen - James Horner: Pas de Deux
Leif Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra - Sibelius: Kuolema; King Christian II
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Vol. 6
Hideko Udagawa - Baroque Inspirations
Nick Van Bloss - Beethoven: Diabelli Variations; Sonata "Appassionata"
Owen Watkins, Jaap Schröder, Penelope Crawford, Skálholt String Quartet - Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, K. 581; "Kegelstatt" Trio, K. 498
Ian Watson, Susanna Ogata - Beethoven: Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin, Vol. 1
Zefiro - Handel: The Musick for the Royal Fireworks
ZOFO - ZOFO plays Terry Riley