Vocal Award


Haas Fata Morgana: songs by Pavel Haas

Anita Watson, Anna Starushkevych, Nicky Spence, James Platt, Navarra Quartet; Lada Valešová (piano)
Resonus RES10183

Reviewed May 2017

This captivating collection is everything a recording should be. The brain-child of pianist-musicologist Lada Valešová, the disc celebrates the delicately enthralling songs of 20th-century Czech composer Pavel Haas (including a premiere recording, of Fata Morgana), performed with beauty and care.


Blow An Ode on the Death of Henry Purcell; Begin the Song!; The Nymphs of the Wells; Dread Sir, the Prince of Light; Sonata in A; Ground in G minor; Chaconne in G

Samuel Boden, Thomas Walker (tenor); Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen
Hyperion CDA 68149

Reviewed December 2017

All Who Wander

Mahler: Rückert Lieder and other songs
Sibelius: Selected songs
Dvořák: Gypsy songs

Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano), Brian Zeger (piano)
Delos DE3494

Reviewed May 2017

Matthias Goerne

Mahler orch. Berio Early Lieder

Berio Sinfonia

Matthias Goerne (baritone); Synergy Vocals; BBC Symphony/Josep Pons
Harmonia Mundi HMC 902180

Reviewed Christmas 2016


Abrahamsen let me tell you

Barbara Hannigan (soprano); Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons
Winter & Winter 910 232-2

Reviewed May 2016

There’s a double pleasure in this recording. Firstly, a magnificent composition by Abrahamsen who in setting Ophelia in her own reworked words creates an unexpected portrait of Shakespeare’s tragic heroine. And then there’s the effortlessly expressive soprano Barbara Hannigan, who wraps herself inside Abrahamsen’s score like a hand inside a kid glove. 


Satie Trois mélodies; Trois autres mélodies; Hymne; Socrate

Barbara Hannigan (soprano), Reinbert de Leeuw (piano)
Winter & Winter 910 234-2

Reviewed August 2016


An die ferne Geliebte; Songs; Bagatelles, Op. 126
Werner Güra (tenor), Christoph Berner (fortepiano)
Harmonia Mundi HMC 902217

Reviewed December 2015

Philippe Jaroussky


Mélodies françaises sur des poèmes de Verlaine
Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), Jérôme Ducros (piano), Nathalie Stutzmann (contralto); Quatuor Ebène
Erato 2564616693

Reviewed July 2015


Works by Graun, Orlandini, Mattheson, Handel, Telemann, Magni, Sammartini et al
Ann Hallenberg (mezzo); Il Pomo d’Oro/Riccardo Minasi
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88875055982

Reviewed September 2015

As a subject for an opera, Agrippina was the Carmen of the 18th century – beautiful, ruthless, bewitching and power-hungry, her story inspired composers from Handel to Sammartini. Embracing this music, much of it recorded for the first time, the riveting Ann Hallenberg brings Agrippina to gripping life.