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GRAMOPHONE 2022

BEST NEW CLASSICAL ALBUMS

Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest recordings from this month's reviews.
Here are the titles available from Naxos Direct.
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Messiaen Orchestral Works 
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Kent Nagano 

"This superb collection of large-scale works by Messiaen, including Poèmes pour Mi and a remarkable La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ, is brilliantly recorded." (Gramophone) 


359 kr
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Arensky. Shostakovich Piano Trios 
Trio Con Brio Copenhagen 

"Two trios from Shostakovich – including his extraorindary Second – and one from Arensky, played with compelling conviction by Trio Con Brio Copenhagen." (Gramophone)


159 kr
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Bartók String Quartets, Vol 2 
Ragazze Quartet 

"Incredibly vivid Bartók-playing from the Ragazze Quartet, full of gripping physicality (superbly captured) which always seems to probe the music’s extremes in a way which feels utterly enticing." (Gramophone) 


169 kr
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‘Sol & Pat’ 
Patricia Kopatchinskaja vn Sol Gabetta vc 

"Two brilliantly individual soloists bring their personalities to a partnership (and to incredibly diverse repertoire!) and an album that delights from beginning to end." (Gramophone)


169 kr
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‘Time Traveler’s Suite’ 
Inon Barnatan pf 

"A fascinating and thought-provoking piece of programming – spanning the Baroque to the 21st century – that works wonderfully, thanks of course to Inon Barnatan’s hugely impressive pianism." (Gramophone) 


159 kr
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Monteverdi ‘Daylight – Stories of Songs, Dances and Loves’ 
Concerto Italiano / Rinaldo Alessandrini 

"A sequel to Concerto Italiano’s 2017 album of nocturnal-themed madrigals again spans Monteverdi’s life to build an inspired recital." (Gramophone)


159 kr
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Handel ‘Handel’s Unsung Heroes’ 
Sols; La Nuova Musica / David Bates 

"A splendid line-up of Handel soloists – including Iestyn Davies and Lucy Crowe – joins players on equally stunning form for another triumph masterminded by conductor David Bates." (Gramophone) 


159 kr
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Dvorák Rusalka 
Sols; Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid / Ivor Bolton 

"A stylish production and a superb lead in soprano Asmik Grigorian makes for a highly recommendable Rusalka on DVD." (Gramophone) 


359 kr
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Verdi Messa da Requiem 
Sols; Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra / Riccardo Muti 

"A live recording from 1981 of Verdi’s mighty Requiem conducted by Riccardo Muti – his fourth on record now, and a very fine addition – boasts an impressive line-up of soloists." (Gramophone) 


169 kr
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