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Out with the old and in with the new? Perhaps not, but as we begin 2019 it’s as good an opportunity as any to make a resolution to mix your listening up a bit. I’m certainly guilty of returning to favourite albums and composers over trying something different.
This month we’ve operas by Saintsaëns, Korngold and Arthur Rubinstein that are worthy of attention, plus a fantastic disc of orchestral works by British composer Kenneth Hesketh. If an unfamiliar take on a classic is a safer start, then how about our Recording of the Month – a reduced Monteverdi Vespers that still packs a punch. Then there’s the debut album from Leeds winner Eric Lu, and the first solo disc from violinist Elicia Silverstein. Both ought to be on your playlists… Happy New Year! Michael Beek Reviews editor
This month’s critics
John Allison, Nicholas Anderson, Michael Beek, Terry Blain, Kate Bolton-porciatti, Geo Brown, Anthony Burton, Michael Church, Christopher Cook, Christopher Dingle, Misha Donat, Jessica Duchen, Rebecca Franks, George Hall, Malcolm Hayes, Julian Haylock, Claire Jackson, Daniel Ja é, Berta Joncus, Erik Levi, Natasha Loges, Andrew Mcgregor, David Nice, Roger Nichols, Bayan Northcott, Jeremy Pound, Steph Power, Anthony Pryer, Paul Riley, Jan Smaczny, Michael Tanner, Roger Thomas, Kate Wakeling KEY TO STAR RATINGS ★★★★★ Outstanding ★★★★ Excellent ★★★ Good ★★ Disappointing ★ Poor