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 Recording of the Week, The final instalment of Andrew Manze's Vaughan Williams cycle with the Liverpool Philharmonic

by David Smith

Andrew Manze and the Liverpool Philharmonic round off their Vaughan Williams series with vivid accounts of the majestic seventh and pensive ninth symphonies.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 24th May 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

New releases from Korean-born violinist Joo Yeon Sir, James Ehnes and Sir Andrew Davis, and Josep Pons and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, plus a landmark Gioconda from the archives.

 Interview, Michael Fabiano on Donizetti and Verdi

by Katherine Cooper

The charismatic American tenor talks to Katherine about his debut solo recording on Pentatone, centring on two composers who have played a pivotal role in his career to date.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - June 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, headed by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’s ‘revelatory accounts’ of two symphonies by Mieczysław Weinberg with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Kremerata Baltica.

 Coming Soon, Renée Fleming sings Mahler and other forthcoming highlights

by Chris O'Reilly

For her first Lieder album in nearly two decades, the American soprano sings the Rückert-Lieder with the Münchner Philharmoniker and Christian Thielemann, plus Brahms and Schumann with Hartmut Höll.

 Interview, Yevgeny Sudbin on late Beethoven

by David Smith

The Russian pianist talks to David about his new album of the Bagatelles & Piano Sonatas Nos. 31 & 32.

 Recording of the Week, Kirill Petrenko conducts Tchaikovsky's Pathétique Symphony

by Katherine Cooper

Recorded live in concert in 2017, the Berliner Philharmoniker's first album with their new Chief Conductor augurs very well indeed for their new partnership.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 17th May 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

New releases from Michael Fabiano, Magdalena Kožená, Il Giardino Armonico, Albrecht Mayer, and The Jerusalem Quartet, plus recitals by sopranos Anita Cerquetti and Graziella Sciutti from the archives.

 Interview, Colin Matthews on NMC

by Katherine Cooper

The English composer looks back over 30 years at the helm of Britain's cutting-edge contemporary music label NMC.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - May 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

A celebration of Chandos Records at 40, birthday tributes to pianists Emanuel Ax and Philippe Entremont, and the third volume of Leonard Bernstein’s landmark Young People’s Concerts.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - June 2019 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from Isabelle Faust, Jonathan Biss, Iván Fischer, and Andris Nelsons.

 Interview, Melvyn Tan on Miroirs

by Katherine Cooper

The Singapore-born British pianist discusses his new album of Ravel, Scarlatti, Weber and Liszt, released at the end of last month on Onyx.

 Recording of the Week, Les Siècles perform Mahler's symphonic poem, Titan

by James Longstaffe

François-Xavier Roth and his period-instrument orchestra perform Mahler's "tone poem in the form of a symphony in two parts and five movements", an early version of his First Symphony.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 10th May 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

New releases from Lars Vogt, Elīna Garanča, Sophie Yates and Riccardo Chailly, plus a second helping of Thomas Beecham broadcasts courtesy of the archives of Richard Itter.

 Interview, Rachel Podger on Bach's Cello Suites

by David Smith

The violinist talks to David about her new album, which sees her perform JS Bach's popular cello suites on the violin.

 Interview, Sir András Schiff on Schubert

by Katherine Cooper

The Hungarian-born British pianist talks to Katherine about late Schubert, and ‘falling in love at first sight’ with the Brodmann fortepiano which he plays on his recent recordings of sonatas and impromptus on ECM.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - May 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, with pride of place going to a set of the late Beethoven sonatas by a pianist whose ‘kinship with the composer is everywhere apparent’.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - April 2019

by Katherine Cooper

A beautifully-programmed and sung recital which takes the Schumann-Wieck engagement as its theme, a Casella triptych from Tuscany, and vivid depictions of strong women from the Bible courtesy of Charpentier and Ensemble Correspondances.

 Recording of the Week, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts symphonies by Mieczysław Weinberg

by James Longstaffe

For her first recording with Deutsche Grammophon, the Lithuanian conductor offers haunting accounts of two symphonies by the Polish-born Soviet composer, Mieczysław Weinberg.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 3rd May 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

New releases from Steven Osborne, Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester, Ádám Fischer and the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, and Paul McCreesh and Gabrieli.