October 2013

Informed by our unrivalled panel of critics, we choose the month’s must-hear recordings hoice

BRAHMS Four Symphonies. Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op 56a. Tragic Overture, Op 81. Academic Festival Overture, Op 80. Liebeslieder Waltzes – selection. Two Intermezzos (arr Klengel). Three Hungarian Dances Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly Decca 478 5344DH3

Recording of the Month ‘Ravishment is never bought at the expense of a trademark clarity of texture that renders audible each instrumental line’

RICHARD OSBORNE’S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 46

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DVORÁK Cello Concertos Steven Isserlis vc Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Daniel Harding Hyperion CDA67917 ‘The work’s melodic fecundity, unfettered joy and youthful vigour emerge unscathed, especially when Isserlis performs it with such burning conviction.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 50

PROKOFIEV ‘Complete Works for Violin’ James Ehnes vn Andrew Armstrong pf BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda Chandos CHAN10787 ‘Ehnes’s combination of virtuosity, sweet tone, flowing tempi and interpretative restraint suits all this music down to the ground.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 55

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SCHUMANN Violin Concertos Baiba Skride vn Danish National Symphony Orchestra / John Storgårds Orfeo C854 131A ‘Schumann’s poignant late essays make for an absorbing threesome and Baiba Skride is their ideal exponent.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 57

SCHUBERT String Quartet No 14, ‘Death and the Maiden’. String Quintet Pavel Haas Quartet; Danjulo Ishizaka vc Supraphon SU4110 2 ‘Their tempi are unfailingly right to the extent that comparisons, for once, seem almost irrelevant.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 69

CHOPIN Etudes, Opp 10 & 25 Jan Lisiecki pf DG 479 1039GH ‘Lisiecki gives us tonepoems first and studies second, his technique as unobtrusive as it is effortlessly fluent, lissom and precise… the luminous quality of his musicianship strikes you at every turn.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 75

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