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 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - July 2021 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

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.

 Interview, Alexandra Whittingham on My European Journey

by David Smith

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

by Katherine Cooper

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.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 18th June 2021

by Katherine Cooper

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.

 Interview, James Ehnes on working from home

by Katherine Cooper

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.

 Interview, Antonio Pappano on Vaughan Williams and Strauss

by David Smith

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.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - July 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's Choices, with Sir András Schiff and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment supplying 'great revelations' in Brahms.

 Interview, Cecilia McDowall at 70

by David Smith

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.

 Recording of the Week, Debussy from Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich and friends

by David Smith

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.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 11th June 2021

by Katherine Cooper

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.

 Interview, Stolen Pearls for Double Bass and Piano

by David Smith

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.

 Coming Soon, Lise Davidsen in Fidelio and other forthcoming highlights

by Chris O'Reilly

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.

 Presto CD, 31 New Deutsche Grammophon titles added to Presto CD

by Paul Thomas

Artists featured in the latest batch of Presto CDs include Arthur Fiedler, Mstislav Rostropovich & Ravi Shankar.

 Interview, Leif Ove Andsnes on Mozart Momentum

by David Smith

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.

 Recording of the Week, András Schiff performs piano concertos by Brahms

by James Longstaffe

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.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 4th June 2021

by Katherine Cooper

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.

 Interview, Elizabeth Llewellyn on Heart and Hereafter

by Katherine Cooper

The soprano talks to Katherine about her album of songs by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor with pianist Simon Lepper, released last week on Orchid Classics.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - May 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for May, with Alina Ibragimova's Paganini Caprices on Hyperion in first place...

 Interview, Linus Roth on Virtuoso Dances

by David Smith

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.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - May 2021

by Katherine Cooper

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.