Michelle Garnaut, restaurateur
1. The Keys to the Kingdom - Abigail Washburn and The Sparrow Quartet
The remarkable Washburn sings a strange and haunting blend of traditional American folk, Chinese folk, gospel, country, bluegrass and even indie-folk.
2. Brahms' Quintet No 1 in F Major, Opus 88 - The Shanghai Quartet
I adore chamber music and have recently heard a lot of The Shanghai Quartet, as their season playing guest leads with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra brought them back [from their adopted base, the US] to their hometown more regularly.
3. Jean-Marie Leclair's Six Sonatas for Two Violins, Opus 3 - Tengfei Zhou
A young violinist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, this is his second self-made album and what a joy it is.
4. Joseph Haydn, String Quartets Op 55, 1-3 - Meta 4 String Quartet
This young Finnish quartet is one of my favourites. I have heard them a few times now and always make sure this precious CD is in my case.
5. Schubert's Quintet Op 163 C Major - Yo-Yo Ma and The Cleveland Quartet
I first saw Yo-Yo Ma a few months ago at Beijing's Forbidden City Concert Hall and then a week later with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. This was the breathtaking encore.