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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 Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 including Jacob Gade's Tango
EDITOR's CHOICE November 2018
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Det er simpelthen rart at mærke Wienerfilharmonikerne give Langgaard kærlighed Politiken


kr. 139,95
Image Symphony No. 5
EDITOR's CHOICE November 2018
"Proof that the Swedish RSO is on fine form under Daniel Harding who gives a superb performance of this popular and great symphony"

kr. 139,95
Image Swan Lake
EDITOR'S CHOICE november 2018
Swan Lake is the first of the three great ballets that Tchaikovsky wrote, and arguably the most famous. The piece is mainly known in the shape it obtained in 1895, when it became a classic in the choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. That “imperial” version strayed from Tchaikovsky’s world premiere score, with several cuts, abridgments and displacements. This high definition recording presents the work as it was heard during the 1877 world premiere performance, highlighting the extraordinary symphonic qualities of Tchaikovksy’s original conception.

kr. 299,00
Image The Three Sonatas: Late Works
EDITOR's CHOICE November 2018

A century after his death on 25 March 1918, many harmonia mundi artists are eager to pay tribute to Claude Debussy, the magician of melody and timbre, the great ‘colourist’ and father of modern music. In the three chamber sonatas, here combined with the composer’s final pieces for solo piano, we attain the purity, the absolute concision, the distant and mysterious world that give these works a testamentary dimension.

kr. 139,95
Image String Quartets Nos. 9 & 14 (Death and the Maiden)
EDITOR's CHOICE November 2018


One of the truly iconic works in the repertoire for string quartet, Franz Schubert’s Death and the Maiden is named after the song which has lent its theme to the second movement. At the end of Matthias Claudius’s poem, which Schubert had set as a 20-year-old in 1817, Death cradles the Maiden in his bony embrace. And her fear, in the first verse, of encountering his tomb-cold touch is mirrored by his desire for her in the second. In Schubert’s life time, death was a constant presence in everyday life and even a young person like himself would have encountered it at close quarters – in fact, his own mother had passed away when he was only 15.

kr. 139,95
Image Aimer et mourir – Danses et melodies
EDITOR's CHOICE November 2018

September 2018 marks the start of Robin Ticciati’s second season as Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the release of his second recording with his new orchestra. The partnership’s critically acclaimed debut of Debussy and Faure led MusicWeb International to comment: '[this] certainly whets the appetite for future releases from Robin Ticciati with the DSO Berlin.'

kr. 139,95
Image Cello Sonata & Arpeggione Sonata
Recording of the Month
From the infectuous Joy that opens the disc, to the more reflective and intensive works and movements, this is music-making that just feels wonderfully insticntive and personal

kr. 139,95
Image Through The Eyes Of Yuja (DVD)
EDITOR's CHOICE November 2018

This film is a journey with the famous pianist Yuja Wang. With more than 120 performances a year, she lives a nomadic lifestyle. The exploration of Yuja’s wanderings is a travelogue of exciting venues, glitzy cities and encounters with extraordinary artists, such as Gustavo Dudamel, Gauthier Capucon and Leonidas Kavakos and personalities of other professional horizons but there is also a downside: fatigue, jet lag, pressure, doubts, hostilities, disorientation, and loneliness. With a bittersweet reference to the transience of life, the film reveals the invisible that complements the visible and shows us this artist in a very personal way.

kr. 189,95
Image Transfigured Night
The inspired Alisa Weilerstein pulls off an unusual and illuminating pairing - but then as someone who has paired Elliot and Carter concertos, what do you expect?


kr. 169,50
Image A Sea Symphony
"Critic Andrew Achenbach couldn't praise more highly the intelligence and control with which Martin Brabbins approaches this work, caught in excellent sound"

kr. 139,95
Image The Wind Blows: Music for Choir
2A fascinating presentation of the music of the temporary Norwegian composer Alfred Janson, giving compelling advocacy by the Norwegian Soloists' Choir"

kr. 139,95
Image Memory Eternal
"The rehabilitation of a major work writes Ivan Moody; this is music powerfully rooted in the Russian sound world, sung with passion, and beautifully recorded"

kr. 80,00
Image Vespro della Beata Vergine
"A superb performance of Monteverdi's Vesper - three decades after Herreweghe's first -which feels fresh and bursting with delightfully collaborative musicianship."

kr. 239,95
Image Persephone
"Esa-Pekka Salonen's grasp of Stravinsky's score and control of the musical forces lends this recording a gripping sense of drama and drive."

kr. 169,50
Image Melancholia
"Les Cris de Paris offer a very exciting choral sound - individual voices balanced with moments of dramatic blend - as they delve into the darkness and introspection of a 16--/17th-century programme"

kr. 139,95
Image Das Land des Lächelns (DVD)
"The focus is very much on the music here in Fabio Luisi's presentation of this Lehar operetta, one highly praised by reviewer Richard Bratby, who hopes this 'genuinely moving masterpiece' will find new friends."

kr. 239,95
Image Music for Lute
EDITOR'S CHOICE SEPTEMBER 2018

"Performances rich in elegance and personality are wrapped in an acoustic of calming warmth, all of which makes for a wonderfuljourney through these Bach arrangements"

kr. 139,95
Image Piano Sonatas, Vol. 7
EDITOR'S CHOICE SEPTEMBER 2018

"Playing of grace and playfulness, all bursting with affection for this music - a superb series continues"

kr. 139,95
Image Scherzo & Marsch, 2 Ballades, La Romanesca, 2 Lege
EDITOR'S CHOICE SEPTEMBER 2018

"A truly impressive debut from this Italian pianist: well-chosen works, to which he brings compelling colour and mood, as well as - of course - thrilling virtuosity"

kr. 139,95
Image Études-tableaux
EDITOR'S CHOICE SEPTEMBER 2018

"This remarkable pianist talked Gramophone readers though the score last month, whetting our appetite for a performance of deeply reflective individuality: he doesn't disappoint"

kr. 139,95
Image Abendmusiken
EDITOR'S CHOICE SEPTEMBER 2018

"Another wonderful recording from our 2012 Recording of the Year winners, the blend, beauty of line and sense of atmosphere and drama making for a reveting listen"

kr. 139,95
Image Come to me in my Dreams
EDITOR'S CHOICE SEPTEMBER 2018

"As communocative as always, Connolly celebrates, in this programme, song composers associated with the RCM"

kr. 139,95
Image La Reine de Chypre (2 CD + Book)
EDITOR'S CHOICE SEPTEMBER 2018

"Characterful singing from a superb cast, all shaped perfectly by Niquet"

kr. 279,95
Image Les Pêcheurs de perles (2 CD)
EDITOR'S CHOICE AUGUST 2018

Les Pêcheurs de perles is best known for its glorious duet, but Georges Bizet’s opera has much more to offer. This live recording more than ever brings out the brilliance of this oriental story about love, duty and friendship. In the last 150 years, Bizet’s piece has mainly been heard in editions that stray from the composer’s original composition. This album – on the contrary - offers the first recording in history of the 1863 premiere version, reconstructed and published by Bärenreiter in 2015. Les Pêcheurs de perles contains a quintessentially French blend of lyricism, exoticism and drama, and the four soloists (Julie Fuchs as Leïla, Cyrille Dubois as Nadir, Florian Sempey as Zurga and Luc Bertin-Hugault as Nourabad) belong to today’s best performers for this specialist repertoire. Their vocal excellence is matched by the choral contributions of Les Cris de Paris. The rich sound palette of Les Pêcheurs is fully brought to life by the inspired playing of the Orchestre National de Lille under the baton of its new Music Director Alexandre Bloch.

kr. 299,00
Image Handel's Finest Arias for Base Voice, Vol. 2
EDITOR'S CHOICE AUGUST 2018

This superb follow-up makes you wonder anew at the composer's inventive varierty in writing for these assorted kings, tyrants and patriarchs

kr. 139,95
Image Missa si Deus pro nobis - Magnificat
EDITOR'S CHOICE AUGUST 2018

As compelling sonically as it is historically , this is a recording whose interest extends well beyond the specialist - a glorious re-creation not just of a lost composer but of an era

kr. 139,95
Image Piano Music
EDITOR'S CHOICE AUGUST 2018

Plowright's affection for this music is palpaple at every turn and he's given a warmly immediate recording

kr. 139,95
Image Préludes 2ème Livre & La Mer
EDITOR'S CHOICE AUGUST 2018

We'll be lucky if the Debussy centenary throws up any release as distinguished as this one

kr. 149,95
Image One Byrde in Hande
EDITOR'S CHOICE AUGUST 2018

An outstanding celebration of Byrd as one of the first keyboard greats

kr. 139,95
Image Concerti per archi III & Concerti per viola d'amor
EDITOR'S CHOICE AUGUST 2018

Happily for Vivaldi lovers, the long-stalled Naïve Edition is now back on track, complete with those chic cover portraits mingling haute couture and postmodernist camp

kr. 179,95
Image Piano Concerto No. 3 & Variations on a theme of Co
EDITOR’S CHOICE JULY 2018

A fiendish but fabulous piano concerto performed with a glorious blend of technical prowess and lyricism.




kr. 80,00
Image Mozart in London
EDITOR’S CHOICE JULY 2018

A wonderful exploration of the musical life of London during Mozart’s visit as an eight year old, all beautifully and engaginly performed by Ian Page and hos Mozarists. A true delight!



kr. 179,95
Image Stephen Hough's Dream Album
EDITOR’S CHOICE JULY 2018

A personal programme — both in terms of content, but also delivery — which charms, engages and fascinates, and highlights again just what a gifted and rounded musician Stephen Hough is.



kr. 139,95
Image Chimère
EDITOR'S CHOICE JULY 2018

Brilliantly and compelling communicative as ever, Sandrine Piau's latest recital draws on an eclectic series of songs, and again benefits from a wonderful rapport with Susan Manoff.



kr. 139,95
Image A Rose Magnificat
EDITOR'S CHOICE JULY 2018

This album contains some deeply moving singing, of music both ancient and - a well-craftet journey leading to the exquisitely performed contemporary title track from Matthew Martin.



kr. 139,95
Image String Quartet No. 3; Serenade for String Trio; Se
EDITOR’S CHOICE JULY 2018

A superb set of Dohnányi’s chamber music from The Nash Ensemble, which Andrew Farach-Colton rightly suggests should both win over discoverers, and please aficionados of his music.



kr. 139,95
Image The Dufay Spectacle
EDITOR’S CHOICE JULY 2018

Voices and instruments alike swiftly entice the listener with their excellence and evocative atmosphere, Gothic Voices magnificently transporting us to their 15th-century sound world.



kr. 139,95
Image Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7
EDITOR’S CHOICE JULY 2018

These two Allan Pettersson symphonies are given powerful advocacy, the urgency of the Seventh palpable, the music, as Guy Rickards puts it, in the musicians’ blood.




kr. 139,95
Image Il Borgomastro di Saardam (DVD)
EDITOR'S CHOICE JULY 2018

Great fun, says Richard LAwrence, offereing his nod of approval to this Donizetti rarity from bergamo's Festival devoted to the music of the composer



kr. 189,95
Image The Three Clarinet Concertos
RECORDING of the MONTH JUNE 2018

Michael Collins OBE embraces the double role of conductor and soloist in this thrilling revelation of clarinet treasures by the Finnish composer Bernhard Henrik Crusell, masterly supported by the fresh and spontaneous Swedish Chamber Orchestra. A clarinettist and composer, Crusell wrote works that were altogether more ambitious than any by his contemporaries. He achieved fame for his melodic inflection, his highly nuanced technique, and his beautiful sound, for which the three concertos, featured here, interpreted by one of today’s most internationally respected clarinettists, are an ideal vehicle. The level of virtuosity indeed makes severe technical demands on the soloist, as in the Introduction et air suédois, featured in the revised version published in 1829. But in the roundness of tone and evenness in quality throughout the range of the instrument produced by Collins lies the lasting attraction of a compelling musical discourse that has ensured Crusell’s recent widespread revival way beyond the world of the clarinet and its devotees.

kr. 139,95
Image Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Gramophone CHOICE JUNE 2018

The Road to Beethoven. For the first time in their history, the Wiener Symphoniker will release a complete Beethoven symphonies cycle on CD. The Wiener Symphoniker wrote music history with the first performances of works by Bruckner, Ravel and Schoenberg. And under the baton of such illustrious music directors as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Carlo Maria Giulini or Georges Prêtre they acquired worldwide fame for their unique Viennese sound. Considering its rich, more than a century long history, it comes as a surprise that the orchestra has never before recorded a full cycle of the nine symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven which are widely considered to constitute the apex of the symphonic repertoire. This shortcoming is about to be remedied: Starting in autumn 2017, the Wiener Symphoniker will release the full cycle on 5 CDs. With a new CD of the series to be released every 6 months, the full cycle will be completed just in time for the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven in 2020. The symphonies were recorded live during a critically acclaimed concert cycle in Spring/Summer 2017 in the Great Hall of the Musikverein Wien. At these concerts, the international press specifically praised Jordan’s approach to combining a traditional Viennese sound with a more contemporary, slimmed down interpretation of the material, original tempi and insights from the historically informed performance practice. Through a close reading of the score and by focusing on the content of the works, Jordan aimed to create – in his words – a “more natural, direct, humanised“ image of the famous composer.

kr. 139,95
Image Viola Concerto; Partita; Sonata for String Orchest
GRAMOPHONE CHOICE 2018 JUNE

In this third volume of Edward Gardner’s Walton series with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, James Ehnes leaves his violin to tackle the taxing soloist role in the Viola Concerto.In a recent Strad interview, Ehnes confesses: ‘This is a piece I have loved since I was a teenager, so it is wonderful that the opportunity has come my way to record it... With Walton’s Viola Concerto, none of the writing is impossible but a lot of it is close. And in a way that is exactly where you want it to be: on the edge of technical limitations. There’s a tremendous amount of excitement in that.’This album in surround sound also features two much later works: the 1957 Partita for Orchestra and the Sonata for String Orchestra, adapted in 1971 from the String Quartet in A minor of 1945 – 47. There is a striking contrast between the uncomfortable modernism of the up-and-coming young composer’s Viola Concerto and the relaxed brilliance of the mature Partita. But the Sonata shows Walton late in his life re-engaging as an arranger with his earlier manner, and so with the characteristic vein of restless unease that runs through most of his output.

kr. 139,95
Image Lecons de ténèbres
GRAMOPHONE CHOICE JUNE 2018

'None of us knew what to expect when we took the plunge into the first cycle of the Leçons de Ténèbres by Lambert. The secular work of this great master of the French XVII Century – one of the great singers and pedagogues of his time – was known to us, each one of us having performed many times his wonderful court airs. We thereupon thought that we were on known territory and able to adapt ourselves to suit his religious music, even though it seemed odd to us that these Leçons were not better known or often performed and even less recorded – this first cycle being the very first recording. But from the first working session, we understood why. It took a good three hours just to read the first Leçon – for about ten minutes worth of music! Indeed, the vocal line, abundantly ornamented with Gregorian ‘plainchant ’, is not rhythmically rigorously organised in relation to the basso continuo line. We therefore had to put in place both parts, melodic and harmonic, with a very careful and well thought out approach. Nonetheless, once we got over these initial hurdles, the music revealed itself to us in all its beauty and its singular depth, the sobriety and the expressivity of the plain-chant comes through almost as a kind of watermark behind the genius and endlessly renewed inventiveness of the ornamentation. We took on the huge task of adapting this score, which had always remained a puzzle for musicologists who in actual fact were very interested in hearing our interpretation in the light of the latest research. Several stages were necessary in order to find the best solution for performing this work whilst remaining as faithful as possible to the original source. Faced with ornamentation both prolific and virtuosic, equally precise as it is mysterious, conserving moments of unexpected liberty in the middle of a very restrained form, one of the major challenges was to find a specific vocality and an adapted continuo, taking us back to the very heart of our artistic research. It is rare, that as a musician we are to such a point interrogated by a score and each one of us by bringing his stone to the edifice, truly lived this adventure as a gift. According to witnesses at the time, we know that these Leçons by Michel Lambert were performed by three singers during the Tenebrae services but we chose the option in this recording of providing a version for male voice, to take into account the fact that our composer himself must have sung these pieces – the score, even if we know that it is not autographed, leads us to believe that it is more of an ‘aide-mémoire’ rather than a ready to be performed version – and that he sang his own court airs, even though they were written for soprano. He also played the accompaniment, probably on the theorbo – in the company of the gambist and theorbist Nicolas Hotman, of whom we have chosen a few instrumental pieces made use of as preludes, postludes, meditations and phrases in between these Leçons, which at the time were placed in the middle of liturgical services, three days before Easter... If the experience suggested here differs from that which was originally anticipated for these pieces, it’s nevertheless worth being listened to notably for the meditative state into which it plunges us. Now we can share with you our gift!'

kr. 149,95
Image Symphony No. 1 (DVD)
GRAMOPHONE CHOICE JUNE 2018

Gustav Mahler. Symphony No. 1 in D major. Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Riccardo Chailly. Including bonus: Interview with Riccardo Chailly on Gustav Mahler‘s Symphony No. 1. Gustav Mahler‘s Symphony No. 1 is an incomprehensible wonder of music history, rigorously peculiar, disturbingly new, and timelessly modern. “Wie ein Naturlaut” („Like a sound of nature“) is indicated above the frst notes of the symphony. It is both the prelude and the key to his symphonic cosmos as a whole. Mahler‘s music captures this music of the world, transforms it into a symphony in the old, comprehensive sense of the word and uses it to create his master-piece of harmony. From the connotation of militarily marches to folk songs, from dance and popular music to animal sounds: everything has its place in Mahler‘s symphonic world.Composed over the course of just a few months at the beginning of 1888 in Leipzig, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 is a true musical awakening. Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig bring Mahler’s sounds of nature to life in a riveting performance. Recorded at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, January 2015

kr. 189,95
Image Tenebrae Responsories
EDITOR'S CHOICE MAY 2018

The Tenebrae Responsories are full of poignant inner drama, something Victoria's music well embodies, and which Stile Antico powerfully capture in this highly communicative performance.



kr. 149,95
Image Copland conducts Copland (DVD)
EDITOR'S CHOICE MAY 2018


A chance to see Aaron Copland conducting his own works - 'a great watch, and a rewarding listen as well' writes our reviewer Christian Hoskins.








kr. 139,95
Image Piano Sonatas
EDITOR'S CHOICE MAY 2018

If last month's interview with Paul Lewis whetted your appetite for what we hope may be a long Haydn sonata journey, this well chosen first set won't disappoint!



kr. 149,95
Image Piano Sonatas Nos. 13 & 21
EDITOR'S CHOICE MAY 2018

An intriguing concept, about which our critic had his doubts, though none at all about these thrilling performances, bursting with a gripping theatricality.



kr. 139,95
Image Der Fliegende Holländer (1959)
EDITOR's Choice November 2018

1959 was a special year in 'New Bayreuth': Wieland Wagner had now presented all ten works under his own direction, in the first 'Ring-free' year since the 1951 reopening – an abomination to hard-bitten old-school Wagnerians, for whom only the Ring and Parsifal genuinely belonged on the 'green hill' of Bayreuth. There was once again heated discussion over the guiding principles governing the presentation of the festival. But Wieland confounded and convinced his critics yet again with a 'rediscovery' of his directorial idiom, described by him as 'magic realism'.

kr. 139,95
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