CDs of the Month – 2018

Each month, at iClassical, we pick three albums, either new releases or reissues, that we regard as being worthy of your special attention. We nominate one recent release as our overall CD of the Month. We also highlight a bargain choice, that offers exceptional value for money, and a collectors’ choice for those wishing to branch out a little!

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January 2018

CD of the Month – Vivaldi: Dorilla in Tempe (I Barocchisti)

Bargain Choice – Robert Stolz conducts Waltzes, Marches, Polkas, etc.

Collectors’ Choice – Puccini: Complete Piano Works & Selected Opera Transcriptions (Sandro Ivo Bartoli)

February 2018

CD of the Month – Smetana: Má Vlast (Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek)

Bargain Choice – Kodály: Concerto for Orchestra (Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta)

Collectors’ Choice – Pixis: Piano Trios (Leonore Piano Trio)

March 2018

CD of the Month – The Gershwin Moment (Kirill Gerstein, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson)

Bargain Choice – Czerny: Organ Music (Iain Quinn)

Collectors’ Choice – Danzi: Overture, Cello & Piano Concerto (Aurélien Pascal (cello), Nareh Arghamanyan (piano), Munich Chamber Orchestra, Howard Griffiths)

April 2018

CD of the Month – Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (Rachel Podger (violin), Brecon Baroque)

Bargain Choice – Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 (Romain Descharmes (piano), Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Marc Soustrot (conductor))

Collectors’ Choice – Lewis Wright Duets ( Lewis Wright (vibraphone) & Kit Downes (piano))

May 2018

CD of the Month – A Rose Magnificat (The Gabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh)

Bargain Choice – Poulenc: Les Biches – Suite, Les Animaux modèles – Suite & Sinfonietta (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Jean-Luc Tingaud)

Collectors’ Choice – Humfrey: Symphony Anthems (Consort of Voices, Instruments of Time and Truth, Edward Higginbottom)

June 2018

CD of the Month – The Dufay Spectacle (Gothic Voices)

Bargain Choice – Beethoven Unbound (Llŷr Williams (piano))

Collectors’ Choice – Ginastera: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 (Xiayin Wang, BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena)

July 2018

CD of the Month – Debussy: Préludes & La Mer (Alexander Melnikov & Olga Pashchenko (piano))

Bargain Choice – Russian Piano Concertos (Various Artists – Brilliant Classics)

Collectors’ Choice – Telemann: Fantasias (12) for Viola da Gamba, TWV 40:26-37 (Richard Boothby)

August 2018

CD of the Month – Bernstein: The 3 Symphonies (Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Sir Antonio Pappano)

Bargain Choice – Liszt: Complete Piano Music Volume 49 – Dances (Goran Filipec)

Collectors’ Choice – Ruth Gipps: Orchestral Works (BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba)

September 2018

CD of the Month – Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012 (Yo-Yo Ma)

Bargain Choice – Kenneth Fuchs: Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’, Poems of Life, Glacier, Rush (London Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta)

Collectors’ Choice – Stenhammar: Symphony No. 2 in G minor, Op. 34 (Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Christian Lindberg)

October 2018

CD of the Month – Chopin: Cello Sonata & Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata (Steven Isserlis (cello) & Dénes Várjon (piano))

Bargain Choice – Bernstein: Anniversaries for Orchestra (São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop (conductor))

Collectors’ Choice – Matthew Locke: For Lovers of Consort Music (Phantasm, Elizabeth Kenny)

November 2018

CD of the Month – Rossini: Semiramide (Soloists, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & Opera Rara Chorus, Sir Mark Elder (conductor))

Bargain Choice – Wagner: Götterdämmerung (Soloists, Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus & Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden (conductor))

Collectors’ Choice – The Romantic Piano Concerto 77 – Bronsart & Urspruch (Emmanuel Despax (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Tzigane (conductor))

December 2018

CD of the Month – Stravinsky: The Firebird & Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq d’Or (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko)

Bargain Choice – Koželuch: Symphonies, Vol. 2 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Marek Štilec)

Collectors’ Choice – Sullivan: The Light of the World (BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Concert Orchestra, John Andrews)

Christmas Choice – 100 Years of Nine Lessons & Carols (Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury, Sir David Willcocks, Philip Ledger)

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