Simon Thompson

Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch BIS2553

Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch (BIS)

A beautiful realisation of Wolf’s great song collection, particularly remarkable for the contribution of Allan Clayton’s tenor voice [ST]

Brahms syms CCSBOX7322

Brahms: Symphonies (Channel)

A variable Brahms cycle, let down by inconsistent conducting decisions and an unfortunate lack of contextual information in the booklet [ST]

Mozart La clemenza di Tito Alpha793

Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (Alpha)

A very good new Tito which marks a new chapter in the development of Nicky Spence as the title character [ST]

Schubert: Schwanengesang (Pentatone)

The final instalment of Bostridge’s Schubert trilogy is a partnership of equals, voice and piano coming together to create something very special [ST]

Psalms SIGCD721

The Psalms (Signum)

A rather wonderful experience spiritually, historically and, of course, musically [ST]

VW symphonies CHSA5303

Vaughan Williams: Symphonies (Chandos/Halle)

Two very highly accomplished sets, either of which any listener would be happy with, but ultimately my heart belongs to the Chandos box [ST]