From a bumper crop of April-reviewed releases that made for Outstanding listening…

Hyperion scores a hat-trick with Stephen Hough’s Schubert,, Piano Trios by Bargiel that proved ripe for discovery,, and Steven Osborne’s revelatory Rachmaninov,

Turning to the violin, there’s Johan Dalene’s versions of the Concertos by Nielsen and Sibelius,, and mention of Sibelius cues Vaughan Williams’s Fifth Symphony (dedicated to the Finn), in an altogether special performance conducted by Sir Adrian Boult unearthed from the Proms,

The Fourth suggests that Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic’s Mahler Symphony Cycle for Pentatone should be worth pursuing,, but – playing Fantasy Desert Island Discs – if I had choose just one release from April’s menu it would be [pictured] Susanna Mälkki’s stunning Bartók disc from Helsinki,, which I suggest is mandatory for anyone who cares about this music no matter how many CDs/LPs/downloads of these scores you already have.