Hyperion's Record of the Month for December 2013 is a thrill: Stephen Hough
performing the two Brahms Piano Concertos
. Consummate virtuosity and characteristic intimacy are illuminated by the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg
under the renowned Mark Wigglesworth
. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
and Martyn Brabbins
conclude the composer's anniversary year with thumping Hindemith Orchestral Music
, a comprehensive programme of the most enduring of these entertaining works.
Angela Hewitt has recorded a fourth volume of Beethoven Piano Sonatas, a journey this time from the youthful Op 22 to the epic Op 101 in A major. A second edition of music from 13th-century France, Conductus once again presents John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump in demonstration-bracket performances of this enthralling byway of the repertoire.
Re-issued this month are the sublime Couperin Leçons de Ténèbres from James Bowman and Michael Chance, and Katarina Karnéus in a revelatory album of Sibelius Songs.
Fom 1equalmusic piano music of a very different hue: Steven Kings compellingly draws us into the delights of John Pitts' Airs & Fantasias.