Gramophone Editor’s List (Feb 2015)

Gramophone Magazine Editor Martin Cullingford selected twelve of his favorite recordings from the February issue for his Editor’s Choice list, and three of these recordings featuring several Polish composers and performers. See below:

No. 1:

JS BACH English Suites Nos 1, 3 & 5
Piotr Anderszewski – piano
Warner Classics

“This is a glorious disc. Simply glorious. Anderszewski and Bach have long been congenial bedfellows and the Pole’s playing here is compelling on many different levels…. [T]he result is a clear labour of love, and one in which he shines new light on old music to mesmerising effect….Anderszewski’s CDs are all too infrequent, so let’s cherish this one.”— Review by Harriet Smith

No. 5:

PENDERECKI Chamber Works, Vol 1
Jan Kalinowski – cello, Maria Machowska – violin, Artur Rozmysłowicz – viola, Marek Szlezer – piano, Tadeusz Tomaszewski – horn, Roman Widaszek – clarinet
DUX 0780

[A]ll outstandingly performed by these six Polish musicians who come together in the substantial Sextet, completed in 2000… These fine performances have been excellently recorded at the European Music Centre in Lusawice, and heard together in this way cast an unusual and fascinating light on Penderecki’s work. Highly recommended.”—Review by Ivan Moody

No. 6:

CHOPIN Études complete
Zlata Chochieva – piano
Piano Classics PCL0068

“The young Russian pianist follows her 2013 Rachmaninov disc with a wonderful set of Chopin’s Etudes, maintaining a beautifully entrancing tone throughout the pieces’ challenges and changes.”—Review by Jeremy Nicholas