December 19, 2023

Two PENTATONE Releases Selected For Three Critic’s Choices by Gramophone

Consolations performed by Saskia Giorgini and Signor Gaetano by Javier Camarena, Riccardo Frizza and Gli Originali were selected as Critic’s Choices for 2023 in the Gramophone December issue!

The repertoire might be commonplace but Saskia Giorgini’s lustrous new collection is anything but. Standing out equally for its intimacy and its elation, for its charm and its expressive depth, for its purity and its technical panache, this is the richest and most charismatic Liszt recording I’ve heard in years.

Peter J. Rabinowitz 

Among the most lustrous, vibrant and stylish piano-playing to reach my ears this year is the mixed Liszt recital by Italian-Dutch pianist Saskia Giorgini. Works spanning Liszt’s career are played with flawless fingers and straight from the heart, including Consolations and Liebesträume that could be neither simpler nor more eloquent.

Patrick Rucker

“Happily, solo opera recitals today are rarely the somewhat predictable affairs they once were, and this superb Donizetti album from Javier Camarena and Riccardo Frizza epitomises the trend towards carefully planned and dramatically involving programmes. The playing’s lively and engaging, and Camarena, singing with style and swagger, is superb. A joy!”

Hugo Shirley

Read the full list HERE.