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Chris introduces this month's selection, with Harry Bicket's 'definitive' Rodelinda on Linn (starring Lucy Crowe and Iestyn Davies) as Recording of the Month.
The guitarist talks about her debut album, released recently on Delphian, which sees her explore European guitar repertoire from Spain to Denmark, via Austria-Hungary and England.
Recording of the Week,
Kodály and Dvořák from Barnabás Kelemen, Nicolas Altstaedt, and Alexander Lonquich
The violinist and cellist display a truly remarkable synergy in Kodály's Duo from 1914, whilst all three musicians capture the 'Dumky' Trio's rapid shifts between melancholy and boisterousness to perfection.
Beethoven from the Ehnes Quartet, a theatrical debut from violinist Bomsori Kim, André Messager's Passionnément (starring Véronique Gens), and intimations of immortality from Icelandic composer Viktor Orri Árnason.
The Canadian violinist tells Katherine about turning his living-room into a temporary studio for his recent recording of the Ysaÿe sonatas, and 'bubbling' with his string quartet for a new Beethoven project.
The conductor discusses his recent recordings of Vaughan Williams symphonies and Strauss orchestral works, his recent appointment at the LSO, and the ongoing impact of lockdowns on musical life.
Chris introduces this month's Choices, with Sir András Schiff and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment supplying 'great revelations' in Brahms.
The composer talks about the new album of her choral works recorded by Stephen Layton and Trinity College Choir, and looks back over her musical career.
Daniel and Michael Barenboim, Martha Argerich and Kian Soltani join forces for an all-Debussy programme, including the rarely-performed early Fantaisie for piano and orchestra.
Brahms from Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Kodály and Dvořák from Alexander Lonquich and friends, Tchaikovsky from Vadym Kholodenko, and Bach and Beethoven from Andrew Von Oeyen.
The Oyster Duo (Nicholas Schwartz and Anna Fedorova) talk about their new album Stolen Pearls, featuring a selection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century works transcribed for double bass and piano.
The Norwegian soprano stars opposite Christian Elsner on Marek Janowski's studio recording of Beethoven's opera, plus Korngold's Die tote Stadt with Kaufmann and Petersen from Munich, and an all-American album from Isata Kanneh-Mason.
Artists featured in the latest batch of Presto CDs include Arthur Fiedler, Mstislav Rostropovich & Ravi Shankar.
The Norwegian pianist talks about his new album, the first of a diptych that focuses in on a formative moment in Mozart's evolution as a composer.
The Hungarian-born pianist is joined by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for a recording of Brahms's two piano concertos that strips away performance traditions to present refreshingly original accounts of both works, full of detail and character.
Debussy from Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim and friends/family, Nico Muhly's new violin concerto from Pekka Kuusisto, an invitation to the dance from Lise de la Salle, and Lennox Berkeley's opera Nelson from the BBC archives.
The soprano talks to Katherine about her album of songs by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor with pianist Simon Lepper, released last week on Orchid Classics.
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The violinist talks about his recent album of works putting virtuosic twists on dance music - from Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances to Piazzólla's Grand Tango.
John Wilson and Sinfonia of London spin a sensuous shaggy-dog story with élan, Kate Lindsey and Arcangelo bring Nero to life in all his monstrous glory, and Elizabeth Llewellyn and Simon Lepper shine light on forgotten songs by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.