Recordings of the Future…

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Readers who have enjoyed and valued my Recordings of the Month series on Pianodao will no doubt have noticed that they seem to have fallen into abeyance over the past three months.

Regular readers and those who know me will probably have also worked out that their disappearance coincides with the eye trauma and emergency surgery which I wrote about here. I am happy to report that my surgery was a complete success, and I have now been discharged from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

During my time of recuperation I had plenty of opportunity to reflect on the future, including the next steps I take on the Pianodao website. One thing I realised is that having a feature that I write on a monthly schedule is a rather restrictive commitment that I might not always be able to honour, and which had already become something of a pressure to me.

It has always been my priority to encourage players to listen to a wide range of great music, and while my Recordings of the Month features on Pianodao haven’t ultimately established themselves as one of the most distinctive signature elements of the site, they have nevertheless found a loyal following.

Those who enjoy these posts tell me that my recommendations help them to queue up rewarding music on their Spotify and Apple Music playlists. I want to continue cultivating this enthusiastic and informed listening by replacing Recordings of the Month with a new, and I believe potentially more engaging feature exclusively in the Pianodao Tea Room community group.

Weekend Listening will give a mini-review recommendation for members each weekend, encouraging discussion about the music we discover together.

Not only will this provide a more interactive approach, but others can step in with their Weekend Listening recommendations if I am unavailable (phew!) and when they have great discoveries and recommendations to share.

You can find out more about joining our special music-loving community here:


It’s always possible that I will review more recordings here in the future, intermittently, but for now I look forward to sharing recommendations with you in the Tea Room…

Just one other thing though… this still leaves a gap since my last Recording of the Month post, so below you will find the covers of all the piano recordings that I had been planning to include in the series, and which I have been enjoying listening to while recovering from my operation.

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Recordings of the Month: October 2022

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October has brought us a rich harvest of new CD releases, including several truly superb new piano recordings. It’s time to unveil my Recordings of the Month, so here’s my selection of the highlights…

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Recordings of the Month: September 2022

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Autumn as ever brings a string of compelling recordings from many of the world’s top artists, and choosing a September Recording of the Month has proven challenging; October is looking equally exciting!

The four albums I have settled on all mix wonderful pianism with exquisite artistic taste, elevating them above the crowded pack of releases…

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Recordings of the Month: August 2022

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August is often the calm before the storm of top pianists releasing new recordings in the Autumn, and this year has proved no exception. But what better time to make an impact?

All four of this month’s selected recordings is uniquely wonderful, and any of them could easily be regarded as my Recording of the Month, or even of the year, so please read on with that in mind! In fact, these four releases are each so remarkable that you would be forgiven for thinking I am bluffing, so please be sure to check them all out for yourself on the streaming platform of your choice. You won’t be disappointed!..

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Recordings of the Month: July 2022

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The summer is a slower time for new releases, offering a good opportunity to explore beyond the more obvious to discover hidden gems.

First, for this month’s Recording of the Month, I have been blown away by a truly stunning debut recording on Warner Classics …

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Recordings of the Month: June 2022

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Following the successful revamp of this series, Pianodao now includes a monthly selection of interesting new music and top recordings.

Read on to discover four releases which captivated me this month, from the romantic music of Québec composer Augustine Descarries to reflective jazz by Bugge Wesseltoft and intelligent minimalism from Vanessa Wagner. But first…

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Recordings of the Month: May 2022

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Revamping this monthly series, Pianodao now includes a headline Recording of the Month as well as selected other top choices.

Read on to find out about five new recordings of interest, with music by Mozart, Bach, jazz from Tord Gustavsen and Daniel Barenboim’s 80th birthday disc. But first…

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Rebeca Omordia’s “African Pianism”

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Discovering new repertoire, personalities and sound worlds has long been a particular goal when selecting the Pianodao Recording of the Month, and for March 2022, I am excited to be writing about a new album that ticks all three boxes.

African Pianism is a revelatory collection of music by seven African composers, none of whom I was previously familiar with. Released to coincide with Black History Month in the United States, the album marks the solo debut of Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia on the SOMM label.

There’s certainly nothing predictable or conservative about this release, so let’s take the disc for a spin…

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Marc-André Hamelin plays CPE Bach

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Writing for Grove Online, Christoph Wolff and Ulrich Leisinger say of J.S. Bach’s second son Carl Philipp Emanuel (1714-1788),

“He was the most important composer in Protestant Germany during the second half of the 18th century, and enjoyed unqualified admiration and recognition particularly as a teacher and keyboard composer.”

C.P.E. Bach’s most enthusiastic admirers included that great triumvirate of the Viennese Classical era, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, and of those composers whose careers straddled the transition from Baroque to Classical styles in the mid 18th century, C.P.E. has perhaps left the most extraordinary body of music, especially for the keyboard family of instruments.

C.P.E. Bach composed some 400 works for solo keyboard instruments. Sadly, much of this music fell out of use in the nineteenth century and it is only in recent decades that it has once more found itself championed by performers, the most recent of whom is the Canadian virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin.


Hamelin’s new release from the ever-brilliant Hyperion label is a 140-minute two-CD set showcasing a broad and irresistible range of C.P.E. Bach’s art.

It is surely destined to be recognised as one of the great recordings of the present decade, so join me as I take a closer look at this Pianodao Recording of the Month

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Yeol Eum Son plays Kapustin

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South Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son, since bursting onto the classical music scene (when she was aged just 18) as a concerto soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Lorin Maazel in 2004, has steadily developed an impressive discography with Decca and latterly with Onyx.

Highlights have included solo recitals of repertoire from Schumann to Stravinsky, a pristine recording of Mozart’s 21st Concerto with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner, and duo recordings with violinists Clara-Jumi Kang, Svetlin Roussev and oboist Kyeong Ham.

But for the unconverted, Son’s latest disc, an audacious recital of music by Kapustin, wipes away any doubt that she is a significant emerging artist for our century. And it is another easy choice for inclusion in my Recording of the Month series. So let’s find out more…

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