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The December 2014 twelve most outstanding recordings of Gramophone Editor’s Choice

Recording of the Month

No 1

Schumann Szenen aus Goethes Faust

Sols; Bavarian RSO / Harding


‘A version of Faust one can really indulge in’

No 2

Grime Night Songs

Hallé / Sir Mark Elder, Jamie Phillips 


‘A strong recommendation’

No 3

Vivaldi Concerti per flauto

Maurice Steger; I Barocchisti / Diego Fasolis 

(Harmonia Mundi)

‘It’s pure pleasure’

No 4

‘Visions Fugitives’

Camerata Nordica / Terje Tønnesen 


‘The playing of the Camerata Nordica is, in a word, sensational’

No 5

Haydn String Quartets, Op 20

Doric Quartet 


‘This is Vol 1. Hold your breath for the rest’

No 6

Langgaard String Quartets, Vol 3

Nightingale Quartet 


‘Their playing on this final volume lives up to the sky-high standards’

No 7

‘La fauvette Passerinette’

Peter Hill pf


‘An outstanding recital disc’

No 8

Rameau Pièces de clavecin

Mahan Esfahani hpd 


‘Unfailing wit, affection, fluency and pacing’

No 9

Howells ‘When first thine eies unveil’

Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir / Paul Spicer 


‘Sung with control and tranquillity’

No 10

Hartmann Simplicius Simplicissimus

Soloists; Netherlands RPO / Markus Stenz 

(Challenge Classics) 

‘Hartmann’s opera is viscerally powerful’


Berg Lulu

Soloists; La Monnaie, Brussels / Paul Daniel 

(Bel Air Classiques) 

‘The way that the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan dominates Krzysztof Warlikowski’s nightmarish Brussels staging of Berg’s great unfinished masterpiece is remarkable’


Tavener Akhmatova Requiem

BBC SO / Gennadi Rozhdestvensky 


‘Tavener’s Akhmatova Requiemis a masterpiece’

Robert Schumann
Helen Grime
Antonio Vivaldi
Joseph Haydn
Rued Langgaard
Olivier Messiaen
Jean-Philippe Rameau
Herbert Howells
Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Alban Berg
John Tavener