In a typical month, our reviewers often cover large works such as symphonies, concertos, oratorios, and operas. This past month featured a lot of chamber music – including chamber versions of some of Mozart's piano concertos, by Haiou Zhang and by Didier Castell-Jacomin – for those who want a more intimate listening session. The Attacca Quartet devotes a full album to new music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, while the Maxwell Quartet has released its reading of the Haydn Op. 71 quartets and Quatuor Diotima gives us a complete cycle of Bartók's quartets. Naxos offers a disc of the chamber music of Herbert Howells, which is much less known than his choral music. Respected veteran musicians Evgeny Kissin and the Emerson String Quartet joined for a recital of Mozart, Fauré, and Dvorák, captured by Deutsche Grammophon last year. This is all just some of the music for a smaller number of musicians here for you to sample.






Attacca Quartet - Caroline Shaw: Orange
Kinan Azmeh, Manuel Nawri, Yo-Yo Ma - Kinan Azmeh: Uneven Sky
Jiří Bělohlávek, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - Suk: Asrael Symphony; Pohádka
Didier Castell-Jacomin, Vienna Chamber Symphony Quintet - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 8 and 23; Die Zauberflöte
Bojan Čičić, Illyria Consort - Giovanni Giornovich: 'London' Concertos
Valéria Csányi, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV - Leó Weiner: Toldi - Symphonic Poem
Dante Quartet, Gould Piano Trio, David Adams - Herbert Howells: Chamber Music
Iestyn Davies, Fretwork - If
Amy Dickson - In Circles
Geir Draugsvoll, Mette Rasmussen - Piazzolla: Time of Life
Mark Elder, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Donizetti: L'Ange de Nisida
Ensemble Correspondances, Sébastien Daucé - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Histoires Sacrées
Thierry Fischer, Utah Symphony - Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 2 in A minor; Symphony in F major 'Urbs Roma'; Danse macabre
Florilegium - Music for a King: Chamber Works from the Court of Frederick the Great
Véronique Gens, Alexandre Bloch - Chausson: Poème de l'Amour et de la Mer; Symphonie Op. 20
Boris Giltburg - Rachmaninov: 24 Préludes
Matthias Goerne, Leif-Ove Andsnes - Robert Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 24; Kerner-Lieder
Angela Hewitt - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op. 2 No. 1, Op. 14 No. 2, Op. 53 'Waldstein', Op. 54
Heinz Holliger - Zwiegespräche: Heinz Holliger, György Kurtág
Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible
Keith Jarrett - J.S. Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier, Book I [Live, March 1987]
Jupiter String Quartet, Bernadette Harvey - Alchemy
Evgeny Kissin, Emerson String Quartet - The New York Concert: Mozart, Fauré, Dvorák
Felix Klieser, Camerata Salzburg - Mozart: Horn Concertos 1-4
Gidon Kremer - Mieczyslaw Weinberg: 24 Preludes for Violin Solo
Yevgeny Kutik - Meditations on Family
Dominique Labelle, Sarasa Ensemble - Luigi Boccherini: Stabat Mater; String Quartet, Op. 52, No. 3; String Quintet, Op. 42, No. 1
Katia & Marielle Labèque - Dessner: El Chan
Olivier Latry - Bach to the Future
Jenny Lin, Olga Vinokur, Chicago Pro Musica, Rufus Müller - Victoria Bond: Instruments of Revelaton; Frescoes and Ash; Leopold Bloom's Homecoming; Binary
Opernchor des Nationaltheaters Mannheim - Björk's Vespertine: A Pop Album as an Opera
Maxwell Quartet - Joseph Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 71
Sergio Monteiro - Mendelssohn: Early Piano Works
Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner - Love is Come Again
Odyssean Ensemble - William Byrd: The Great Service & Anthems
Orlando Consort - Guillaume Dufay: Lament for Constantinople
Steven Osborne - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op. 109, Op. 110, Op. 111
Vasily Petrenko, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30; Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Elgar: Enigma Variations
Michala Petri - American Recorder Concertos
Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, Cappella Gabetta, Andrés Gabetta - Tango Seasons
Rachel Podger - J.S. Bach: Cello Suites
Quatuor Diotima - Béla Bartók: Intégrale des quatuors à Cordes
David Reiland, Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes - Auber: La Sirène
Riot Ensemble - Speak, Be Silent
François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles - Gustav Mahler: Titan - Eine Tondichtung in Symphonieform
Jordi Savall - J.S. Bach: Markus Passion BWV 247 (1744)
András Schiff - Franz Schubert: Sonatas & Impromptus
Smetana Trio - Zemlinsky: Piano Trio in D minor; Rachmaninov: Trio Élégiaque No. 1; Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1
The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha - Locus Iste
Maurice Steger, La Cetra - Mr Handel's Dinner: Music for the Opera Intermissions
Janet Sung - Sung Sessions: Edge of Youth
Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden - Schumann: Symphonies
Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden - Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Robin Ticciati, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 6
Alexander Ullman - Nutcracker, Petrushka, Cinderella, The Firebird
The Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell, Peter Holder - Bairstow, Harris, Stanford: Choral Works
Glen Wilson - Pierre Attaingnant: Harpsichord Works
John Wilson, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Vol. 3: Symphony No. 1; A History of the Thé Dansant; Zodiac; Reflection
Haiou Zhang - Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 12, K414 & No. 13, K415 - Chamber Version