Vasily Petrenko’s Elgar disappoints, Edward Gardner’s Mendelssohn excites, and Alain Lefévre’s Paris is delights.
Violinist Viktoria Mullova supplies one of the year’s most programmatically-cohesive and thoughtfully-executed albums.
Andrew Manze and the RLPO have turned in one of the year’s great albums: potent, lyrical, haunting, and timely.
A round-up that includes: irresistible Beethoven, welcome arrivals of spring, a spirited celebration of Toscanini, and spectacular, revelatory Tchaikovsky.
Highlights include an excellent Tchaikovsky symphony cycle in modern sound and one of the year’s best chamber-music albums.
For all the surface-y beauty of the BSO’s playing, it’s a dull interpretation of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony no. 3.
Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra serve up some curious and, from time to time, rather languorous Elgar.