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As the final instalment of the cycle on Naxos is released, the conductor talks to Katherine about the project's origins, and the challenges and rewards of tackling Wagner's epic with an orchestra whose primary home is the concert-hall rather than the opera-house.
In our next gift guide we recommend new box sets, books and sheet music exploring popular composers as well as those further off the beaten track.
Chandos's superb survey of the American composer's orchestral music with the BBC Philharmonic continues to raise the roof as the Fanfare for the Common Man returns transformed.
The final instalment of Jaap van Zweden’s excellent Ring Cycle with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, thrillingly raw Beethoven from Maxim Emelyanychev, Mozart from Faust and Melnikov, and Christopher Maltman’s role-debut as Berg's Wozzeck.
The great English mezzo talks to David about her new album exploring the music and poetry of the wartime composer Ivor Gurney, with Tenebrae and the Aurora Orchestra.