December 11, 2018

MusicWeb International Recordings of the Year 2018

We are delighted to share with you that our recordings of Messiaen – Catalogue d’oiseaux, Mahler Song Cycles and Mason Bates – The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs have been chosen as MusicWeb International Recordings of the Year 2018!

Messiaen – Catalogue d’oiseaux with Pierre-Laurent Aimard: 

Pierre-Laurent Aimard is superb in this Catalogue d’Oiseaux, and the quest for a recording that can consistently challenge Peter Hill in this repertoire has finally been achieved. Excellent presentation from Pentatone as well – don’t lose those feathers! Full Review

Mahler Song Cycles with Marc AlbrechtAlice Coote and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra:

Alice Coote’s capacity as recitalist is well-known by now after several excellent CDs, but this Mahler programme surpasses everything through her deep understanding of the texts and her involved identification. Add to this the rapport between her and the conductor Marc Albrecht which feels like a parallel with the legendary Janet Baker – John Barbirolli radar couple fifty years ago. Full Review [Check out the album here:]

Mason Bates – The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with the The Santa Fe Opera:

While it received a mixed reception, I was deeply impressed (and unexpectedly moved) by Pentatone’s live recording (and de-luxe presentation) of Mason Bates’ opera. Full Review

Read the complete list of the MusicWeb International Recordings of the Year 2018 here!