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Latest News: Classical, Nina Stemme (Soprano)

 Recording of the Week, Wagner from Jonas Kaufmann and others

by Katherine Cooper

Gergiev conducts an electrifying Walküre starring René Pape as Wotan, Nina Stemme as his rebel daughter, and Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Kampe as the Walsung Twins; Kaufmann’s solo album of opera scenes and the Wesendock-Lieder, meanwhile, is the best thing he’s ever done.

 Recording of the Week, Beethoven’s Fidelio from Abbado and Kaufmann

by Katherine Cooper

The German tenor is mesmerising from his very first note, whilst Nina Stemme is scarcely less compelling as his heroic wife Leonore in this exhilarating live concert recording from last year’s Lucerne Festival.

 Recording of the Week, Strauss's Four Last Songs

by Chris O'Reilly

A new recording of Strauss’s late reflections on mortality from EMI’s new signing, Swedish dramatic soprano Nina Stemme, stands comparison with the very best.