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Gramophone Editor's Choice

Månedens Udvalgte

Gramophone udvælger hver måned en række nye klassiske udgivelser, der har lige netop det ekstra, som gør dem til noget særligt.
Nedenfor finder du nogle af de albums, som har fået det prestigefyldte stempel: Gramophone Editor's Choice.

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Image The Final Piano Pieces
Editor's Choice
a beautiful recital from Stephen Hough, one of today's leading musicians, of late piano works by Brahms, rich in colours, both vivid and delicate, and thoughtful and reflective throughout.

A collection of exquisite Brahmsian miniatures: brief meditations on last things before—in Stephen Hough’s own words—‘the light fades and the final cigar is extinguished’.

kr. 149,95
Image Oboe Concertos
EDITOR's CHOICE Jan 2020
CPE Bach's orchestral imagination and flair are given full voice here in the symphonies, while Xenia Löffler is exquisite in the oboe concertos


kr. 149,95
Image Piano Concerto No. 1 & Four Ballades
EDITOR's CHOICE Jan 2020
Leading his Royals Northern Sinfonia from the piano, Lars Vogt offers a bold and brilliant D minor concerto, paired with finely detailed solo Brahms

Lars Vogt continues his series of concerto recordings with the Royal Northern Sinfonia with this new recording of Johannes Brahms’ (1833–1897) First Piano Concerto together with Four Ballades (Op. 10) for solo piano. As in previous albums, Lars Vogt conducts from the keyboard.

kr. 139,95
Image Symphonies Nos 3 & 4
EDITOR'S CHOICE: jan 2020
Martyn Brabbins's instinctive sense of the sweep, grace and drama of Vaughan Williams's orchestral sound-world results here ina very fine release

Compelling performances of two very different symphonies, the complex visionary pantheism of the ‘Pastoral’ an ideal foil for the unbridled ferocity of No 4. An added incentive, Martyn Brabbins’s idiomatic realization of Vaughan Williams’s choral Saraband 'Helen' (a first recording) is a real discovery.

kr. 149,95
Image In Nomine II
EDITOR's CHOICE: jan 2020
Album after album from viol consort Frettwork affirm their status as an ensemble of extreme musicianship, whether immersed in the past or playing music of modernity by the likes of Nico Muhly and Gavin Bryars.


Over thirty years ago, Fretwork made its first recording – well, technically speaking it was the second album to be recorded, but the first to be released – and it was called ‘In nomine’, which consisted mainly of 16th-century examples of this remarkable instrumental form. While this isn’t an anniversary of that release, we want to look both back to that first release and forward, to bring the genre up to date. There were several examples of the In nomine and related forms that we didn’t or couldn’t record in 1987, and this album seeks to complete the project. The form was created unwittingly by John Taverner (1490-1545). His 6-part mass, Gloria tibi Trinitas, is based on the plainchant of that name. In the Sanctus, at the words Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini (Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord), the six-part texture is pared down to two and three parts; and then, with the words in nomine Domini, Taverner makes, for the only time in the mass, a complete statement of the cantus firmus, accompanied by three voices. This four-parts section – very beautiful as it is – must have struck contemporaries as some kind of perfection, to be used as a template, to be emulated and copied. And then those copies were copied and changed again.

kr. 139,95
Image Opus Bach - Organ Works, Vol. 1 (5CD)
EDITOR's CHOICE: jan 2020
A major project by Peter Kofler to record all JS Bach's organ works begins in style, complete with recorded sound which our critic Marc Rochester describes as "genuinely awe-inspiring"


In March 2017 organist and harpsichordist Peter Kofler launched his ongoing Bach project: a complete recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s organ works. Unlike performers of earlier complete recordings, Kofler opted for a “modern” instrument for this enterprise. For not only was J. S. Bach the perfecter of a great polyphonic era, he was an innovator and stimulator as well, particularly in the field of organ music. Be it the introduction of the tempered tuning system, the virtuoso use of the organ pedal or the development of the fortepiano: Bach significantly contributed to each of them and was one of the first to employ the possibilities of these modern developments. The four-manual Rieger organ at the Jesuit church of St. Michael’s in Munich with its 75 stops offers many of the characteristics verifiably valued by Bach. It features an imposing fortissimo and a multitude of characteristic stop timbres that the cantor of Leipzig’s Thomaskirche partly could only dream of in his days.

kr. 239,95
Image Isis (2CD)
EDITOR'S CHOICE: jan 2020
Christophe Rousset once again strikes gold with a major Lully project of elegance and drama, his understanding of the atmosphere and rhythms of the French Baroque as instinctive as ever.

kr. 149,95
Image Lo Schiavo (DVD)
EDITOR's CHOICE: jan 2020
Where DVD can excel: offering advocacy to a work rarely performed on stage, and making a good case for its revival in opera houses more widely

Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Gomes was among the many musicians who travelled to Italy to master the language and the rules of operatic works. He studied in Milan and succeeded in having a few operas staged at Italian venues, before returning to Brazil where he was hailed as the most famous living national composer. Gomes felt compelled to commit his work to the country’s anti-slave cause, which was still legal practice then. Lo schiavo was therefore conceived as a politically engaged work. However, the issue was rather volatile and the composer had to change the contemporary time setting to a more distant one. In Brazil the opera was a triumph, but elsewhere it failed to gain popularity and soon fell into oblivion. This recording of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari’s production documents the opera’s first performance in modern times and reveals Gomes’ flamboyant richness of melodic creativity, his sound grasp of construction, and a technical mastery of the theatrical mechanisms that are always of the highest level. ‘The most popular title of the entire Brazilian repertoire. The most represented and, perhaps, the most loved one.’ – John Neschling, conductor Performance Reviews: ‘Davide Garattini Raimondi has provided simple but effective stage direction… Alessandro Verazzi’s lighting provides the right touch for dawns and sunsets in the Brazilian forest… Massimiliano Pisapia has a strong center register and a vivid volume with impressive high Cs… Svetla Vassileva handles her difficult arias quite well.’ – ClassicalMusicDaily.com - New production of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, in coproduction with Festival Amazonas de Ópera of Manaus - Filmed in 4 K - WORLD PREMIERE VIDEO RECORDING - Outstanding cast led by Massimiliano Pisapia, Svetla Vassileva and Elisa Balbo. - Extra content for DVD and Blu-ray: Lo Schiavo presentation at the Brazilian Embassy in Rome.

kr. 189,95
Image El Sombrero de tres picos; El amor brujo
Editor's Choice 2019 November
" He gives us a high-voltage intepretation, rich in detail, and strong on dramatic narrative momentum." - Gramophone


kr. 149,95
Image Time & Eternity
EDITOR's CHOICE Nov 2019
✰✰✰✰✰ "Violinisten Patricia Kopatchinskaja er ikke blot en af tidens mest vitale musikere rig på fantasi og urkraft, hun er også visionær og nyskabende, når det drejer sig om at iscenesætte musikken, så den bliver en del af en større sammenhæng." - Magasinet Klassisk

Time and Eternity. Always in search of powerful musical experiences, the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Camerata Bern – of which she has just taken over the artistic direction –here juxtapose Hartmann’s Concerto funebre, composed in 1939 to express his indignation at the Nazis’ terror, and the Polyptyque for violin and orchestra that Frank Martin wrote in 1973 for Yehudi Menuhin, a work inspired by six scenes from the Passion of Christ painted by Duccio di Buoninsegna around 1310. The Kyrie from Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame, composed half a century after the altarpiece and heard here in an arrangement for strings, is interspersed between the movements, along with Bach chorales, ‘as an invocation of eternal consolation’. A Polish folksinger interprets the Jewish song ‘Eliyahu hanavi’, which expresses the hope of salvation and which Hartmann quotes in his concerto. Six hundred years of music to ‘make the victims’ voices heard’, says Patricia Kopatchinskaja. The album opens with Kol Nidrei by John Zorn (born 1953), in response to the eponymous prayer spoken by a representative of the Jewish community. A Catholic priest and an Orthodox priest also say a short prayer.

kr. 139,95
Image King Arthur, 1691
EDITOR's CHOICE Nov 2019
The great patriotic opera of the 17th century, recorded here in a lively new performing edition after two decades in the Gabrieli’s touring repertoire. Notoriously difficult to present on disc or in concert, this version presented by Gabrieli was created to allow an obvious musical narrative, despite Purcell’s music often being completely dislocated from much of the original theatre context. Gabrieli have been performing the music from King Arthur for nearly a quarter of a century, evolving their interpretation over time. With the score having to be pieced together using separate versions (due to Purcell’s originals being lost), and with Gabrieli’s evolved interpretation of the music, the end product of this recording is truly unique.

kr. 205,00
Image Violin Concertos
Editor's Choice October 2019
Recording of the month.

The enganging, ever-communicative artistry of Christian Tetzlaf led us to focus on him this issue - a quality of perfectly demonstrated in these questing, excellent concerto performances.>/I>

kr. 139,95
Image Faust (3 CD)
EDITOR's CHOICE Nov 2019
Gounod contemplated a Faust opera as early as his residence in Rome in the 1840s. But almost twenty years were to elapse before one of the most famous works of French Romanticism was premiered at the Théâtre-Lyrique (1859). Its debut at the Opéra in 1869 propelled the work into theatres all over the world, but numerous modifications were the price of achieving that fame. Between the Faust of 1859 and its counterpart of 1869, some of the spirit has evaporated: the spontaneity of the spoken dialogue and melodrama, the pawky humour of Dame Marthe, the cynicism of Méphistophélès. We have forgotten the charm of the first tenors who sang ‘Salut, demeure chaste et pure’ with the timbre typical of the voix mixte of opéra-comique. Moreover, a large number of pieces were consigned to oblivion by these modifications. To discover this first Faust is to gain a deeper insight into the French aesthetic of demi-caractère, so specific to Paris in the 1850s.

kr. 279,95
Image This Is Rattle (Blu-ray & DVD)
EDITOR's CHOICE Nov 2019
Sir Simon Rattle's arrival in London heralded a new era for the LSO, and the ten day festival that opened his inaugural season as the Orchestra's Music Director wowed critics and audiences alike, going on to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society award in the 'Concert Series & Festivals' category.
This film captures Rattle's very first performance as Music Director; a programme in which British composers took centre-stage. The world-premiere of Helen Grime's Fanfares, which became the first movement of the work Woven Space, opened the concert before violinist Christian Tetzlaff took to the stage to perform the concerto written for him in 2010 by Harrison Birtwistle. Two more works close to Rattle's heart followed: Thomas Adès' Asyla and the pocket-sized Symphony No 3 by the late Oliver Knussen. Finally, Rattle's stunning interpretation of the Enigma Variations brought the concert to a close and then the audience to its feet, filling the Barbican Hall with rapturous applause.

kr. 255,00
Image Symphony in F Sharp; Theme and Variations; Strauss
Editor's Choice October 2019
You can read the story behind this orchestra in our new pages, but suffice to say this remarkable group of players gathered by John Wilson off a Korngold of stricking beauty.

kr. 149,95
Image String Trio; Piano Quintet
Editor's Choice 2019 October
This superb collection of artists bring an almost palpable rapport to these works; youthful Bartók and, perhaps really intriguing work here, the fascinating String Trio from Sandór Veness

kr. 139,95
Image Whirl's World
Editor's Choice 2019 October
Different facets - or rather, perhaps, a broad portrait - of this Danish composer's beguiling music, performed wiht passion and complete affinity with his sound world by Ensemble Midtvest.

kr. 139,95
Image Silk Baroque
Editor's Choice 2019 October
The sheng, masterfully played by Wu Wei - the soloist who introduced the Chinese mouth organ to readers in our February issue's Artists & their instruments - fits movingly into this Baroque programme.

kr. 169,50
Image Organ Works, Vol. 3
Editor's Choice 2019 October
Lionel Meunier's deeply reflective shaping of all these works - each Bach given his own individual voice -allows the distinct personalities within the choir to bring his music beautifully to life.

kr. 149,95
Image Iberia y Francia
Editor's Choice 2019 October
Imogen Cooper's charcterful performances lend a heady and charming air to these works evocatively exploring the links between France and Spain, including music from Albeniz, Debussy and Ravel.

kr. 149,95
Image The Single Rose
Editor's Choice 2019 October
The Orlando Consort's brilliant, and acclaimed, Machaut series continues. Songs, and indeed poems, over six centuries old, given vivid life by this first-class quartet of singers.

kr. 149,95
Image La Sonate Égarée
EDITOR'S CHOICE SEPTEMBER 2019
a debut disc - the result of success at the York Early Music Competition - from a young Baroque ensemble possessed of all the flair, creative rapport and passion required to make the music of this era such a thrilling listen Gramophone 2019

kr. 149,95
Image Salome (DVD)
Editor's Choice 2019 October
The staging that haunted me most last year, writes MP of this intriguing Salome, praising the fine performances too.

kr. 239,95
Image Hans Rosbaud conducts Brahms (6 CD)
Editor's Choice 2019 October
A well-recommended chance to immerse yourself in conductor Hans Rosbaud's exploration of the music of Brahms.

kr. 319,95
Image Haochen Zhang plays Prokofiev & Tchaikovsky
EDITOR'S CHOICE SEPTEMBER 2019
Haochen Zhang - a Van Cliburn winner - performs these works with imaginative command of their required virtuosity Gramophone 2019


kr. 149,95
Image Lyric Pieces & Lieder ohne Worte
EDITOR'S CHOICE september 2019 a beautifully played, personal selection of piano miniatures from Denis Kozhukhin touchingly captures the poetic nature of the form - that immedate summoning of a ingle emotion or mood. Gramophone



kr. 169,50
Image Choral Works
EDITOR's CHOICE SEPTEMBER 2019
Uplifting, moving, poignant, trioumphant - this gloriously, loveingly performed recital of FInzi's music fully reflects the breadth of the composer's maserly skill at writing for choir
Gramophone 2019


kr. 149,95
Image Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom; Nine Sacred Chorus
EDITOR's CHOICE SEPTEMBER 2019
The atmosphere and context music as extraordinary religious expression - is magiserially conveyed here by a choir on top form, with sound engineering that captures them perfectly. Gramophone

kr. 139,95
Image The Young Debussy (DVD + Blu-ray)
EDITOR's CHOICE September 2019
Francois-Xavier Roth's first concert as principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra capture for film.


kr. 255,00
Image The diary of one who disappeared & other works
Editor's Choice August 2019.
CD of the Month

Nicky Spence's superb performance of Janacek's cycle veers from soaring strength to touching vulnerability, sometimes within songs, the drama imaginatively underscored by Julius Drake on piano.

kr. 149,95
Image Piano Trio No. 2 & Piano Quartet
Editor's Choice for August 2019

Just months after the impresseive earlier instalment of the Leonore Piano Trio's Parry survey, a set to confirm the atmospheric inventiveness of his chamber music, and of these player's mastery of it.

kr. 149,95
Image Kantaten
Editor's choice August 2019

Lionel Meunier's deeply reflective shaping of all these works each Bach given his own individual voice - allows the distinct personalities within the choir to bring this music beautifully to life.


kr. 139,95
Image L'Occhio del Cor
Editor's Choice August 2019

This superb Italian Group is perfectly placed to bring the music of 14th Century Italian composer Lanini to life for modern ears: richly, atmospherically engaging throught.

kr. 149,95
Image Vanessa (DVD)
Editor's Choice August 2019
A strongly recommended staging of Barber's Vanessa from Glyndebourne which has challenged perceptions of the opera.
There are moments here which could just as easily have sprung from the pen of Hitchcock's composer of choice, Bernard Herrmann. indeed, the underscoring of this melodrama is rendered all the more gripping by the way in which the voices are such an integral part of it."

kr. 239,95
Image Violin Sonatas, Vol. 2
EDITOR'S CHOICE march 2020

Using period instruments, Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov breathe new life into these ‘sonatas for keyboard with violin accompaniment’, a tradition Mozart renewed from within, blazing the trail for Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann.
The first volume (HMM902360) was widely praised: "The greater similarity of tone between Faust’s sparkling violin and Melnikov’s glittering fortepiano (within an airier acoustic) results in a sound more akin to the jingling of small bells. It’s delicious" (Gramophone).
"In a world full of star violinists, all with technical facility and individual style, it’s rare to find one that everyone agrees is just – brilliant. Isabelle Faust is that violinist." (The Strad).

kr. 149,95
Image Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 (2CD)
EDITOR'S CHOICE marts 2020

Bach’s St John Passion, with its famous opening chorus traversed by shadows and light, is a powerful musical and spiritual reflection. Dramatic, grandiose, complex, resolutely theatrical: there has been no lack of superlatives to describe this supreme masterpiece of western music. Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent present an accomplished reading that reflects their knowledge of the composer, based on extensive research and deepened by countless concerts. Soloists Krešimir Stražanac and Maximilian Schmitt demonstrate the breadth of their talents in the roles of Jesus and the Evangelist.

kr. 239,95
Image Rigoletto (from Bregenz Festival) (DVD)
EDITOR'S CHOICE march 2020

Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto – compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful – is being performed for the first time on the Bregenz lake stage. The stage director and designer Philipp Stölzl, known for his successful productions at Salzburg Festival as well as music videos for the German band Rammstein, highlights the striking contrasts between spectacle and intimate chamber drama in his production of Verdi’s opera. “Breathtaking, tight and thrilling arrangement, extremely beautiful. Philipp Stölzl delivers a superlative Rigoletto to Bregenz lake stage.” (Frankfurter Rundschau Online) “The performance of the three main characters has been outstanding.” (Der Standard Online) “Rigoletto becomes a Hollywood spectacle on Lake Constance.” (Handelsblatt) “Nothing but a sensation.” (SWR 2)

kr. 239,95
Image String Quartets Nos. 8 & 10
EDITOR'S CHOICE march 2020

Formed in 2016, the Albion Quartet unites four outstanding young string players, brought together by a shared belief in the visceral power of the string quartet. The upcoming season sees the quartet returning to the Wigmore Hall and Aldeburgh Festival, as well as continuing residencies at Sainte-Mère Festival in France and RWCMD in Cardiff. They will be making a number of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, whilst continuing their recording projects for Signum Records, for whom they are exclusive artists. Performances in the 2019-20 season include their US debut at the Phillips Collection in Washington, alongside appearances at several festivals including the Oxford Lieder, Stratford International, Belfast International, Cheltenham, Presteigne, and Lichfield, and participating in Beethoven cycles in the UK and Portugal. Here, the quartet continue their Dvorák series on Signum with spectacular renditions of his 8th and 10th quartets.

kr. 139,95
Image Canadian Organ Music on the Organ of Coventry Cath
EDITOR'S CHOICE march 2020

Underpinning 21st-century virtuosity with a moving story of continent-crossings both musical and personal, Rachel Mahon’s debut recital album surveys a century of organ music from Mahon’s native Canada, presenting it on a British instrument which is itself a testimony to the generosity of Canadian music-lovers in the difficult years of post-war reconstruction. In 1952 Healey Willan, an organist and composer born in England in 1880 but resident in Canada since 1913, presented the Provost of Coventry Cathedral with a cheque from the Royal Canadian College of Organists, representing a sizable donation from the College’s members and the Canadian public towards the cost of an organ for the new cathedral, which opened in 1962.

kr. 139,95
Image Piano Trios Nos 1 & 2
EDITOR'S CHOICE march 2020

If the name of Henry Charles Litolff is familiar
today only through the scherzo of his Concerto
symphonique No 4, the absurdity of that ‘one-hit
composer’ tag is clearly demonstrated by this
release. These are among the finest examples of the
piano trio genre still inexplicably absent from the
standard repertoire.

kr. 149,95
Image #CelloUnlimited
EDITOR'S CHOICE march 2020

After the suites by Johann Sebastian Bach in the early 18th century, nothing happened for a long time in the genre of works for solo cello. But the work that put an end to this period of no production was a weighty one: the almost monumental sonata by Zoltan Kodaly of 1915 set high standards for other composers. Indeed, subsequently not only manyworks were written, but also highly differing ones, among which the half-hour work by the Hungarian composer stands there like the “Mount Everest” (Daniel Muller-Schott).

kr. 149,95
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