Concerto Award


Dynastie Concertos by JS, WF, CPE and JC Bach

Jean Rondeau (harpsichord); Sophie Gent, Louis Creac'h (violin), Fanny Paccoud (viola), Antoine Touche (cello), Thomas de Pierrefeu (contrabass) & Evolène Kiener (bassoon)
Erato 9029588846

Reviewed March 2017


Mozart Complete Violin Concertos; Rondos, K 269 & 373; Adagio, K261

Isabelle Faust (violin); Il Giardino Armonico/Giovanni Antonini
Harmonia Mundi HMC902230/31

Reviewed February 2017

Everything feels right about this recording. Isabelle Faust brings purity and playfulness to Mozart’s five violin concertos, youthful works with a freshness of spirit that comes across here with fluent ease. Andreas Staier’s cadenzas are an inspired choice.

Fagerlund & Aho

Fagerlund Bassoon Concerto, ‘Mana’; Woodlands
Aho Bassoon Concerto; Solo V

Bram Van Sambeek (bassoon); Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Dima Slobodeniouk and Okko Kamu
BIS BIS2206 (hybrid CD/SACD)

Reviewed February 2017

Tchaikovsky • Stravinsky

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Stravinsky Les noces

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin); MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis
Sony Classical 88875190402

Reviewed March 2016

A stunningly creative interpretation of a familiar work. Kopatchinskaja and Currentzis work together brilliantly to deliver an astonishingly vibrant and insightful performance that makes us appreciate Tchaikovsky’s originality and daring. The Stravinsky is also superlatively done.


Mozart Piano concertos, K413, 414, 415

Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano); Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Gottfried von der Goltz
Harmonia Mundi HMC 902218

Reviewed December 2016

On his period fortepiano Bezuidenhout brings an irrepressible joy and vivacity to everything he plays, as well as outstanding virtuosity and sense of style. In these three concertos he strikes up a perfect partnership with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, creating a chamber-like rapport that sparkles with ideas

Nicolas Altstaedt

CPE Bach Cello concertos in A minor, B flat major and A major

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello); Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen
Hyperion CDA 68112

Rachel Podger


L’estro armonico
Rachel Podger (violin); Brecon Baroque
Channel Classics CCS SA 36515 (hybrid CD/SACD)

Reviewed April 2015

Tchaikovsky • Prokofiev

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1879 version) • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
Kirill Gerstein (piano); Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/James Gaffigan
Myrios Classics MYR 016

Reviewed March 2015

Prokofiev • Shostakovich

Prokofiev: Cello Concerto in E minor • Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
Steven Isserlis (cello); Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi
Hyperion CDA 68037

Reviewed May 2015