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 Recording of the Week, Debussy's new champion

by Chris O'Reilly

The French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet begins a new Debussy cycle with arresting performances of the Préludes and Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon.

 Recording of the Week, Schütz's Legacy

by Chris O'Reilly

Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent performed the German baroque master’s ‘Opus ultimum’, a series of eleven motets for double choir setting Psalm 119.

 Obituary, Mstislav Rostropovich

by Chris O'Reilly

The great Soviet and Russian cellist and conductor has died aged 80.

 Awards, BBC Music Magazine Awards

by Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Harpsichord or Piano?

by Chris O'Reilly

In the wake of French pianist Alexandre Tharaud’s superb recent album of Couperin, Tic Toc Choc, Chris considers the implications of performing baroque keyboard music on a modern piano.

 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.

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