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Latest News: Classical

  • Interview, Julius Asal on Scarlatti and Scriabin

    by Katherine Cooper

    The young German pianist discusses his debut album on Deutsche Grammophon, the connections which he feels between these two composers who seemingly inhabit 'different universes', his love of improvisation, and how music became his 'first attempt at communication' as a toddler.

  • Favourites, Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)

    by David Smith

    A selection of some of the best recordings of music by the late Romantic composer, known for her groundbreaking operas, her solo songs, and her fearless involvement in the suffragette movement.

  • Interview, Gerald Peregrine on Folk Tales

    by David Smith

    The cellist talks about his second album of miniatures for cello and piano from Britain and Ireland.

  • Interview, Adrian Bradbury on The Pre-Raphaelite Cello

    by David Smith

    The cellist talks about his new album of British Romantic works for cello and piano with pianist Andrew West, out now on Somm.

  • Recording of the Week, Florent Schmitt's ballet, La tragédie de Salomé

    by James Longstaffe

    Normally only performed as a cut-down symphonic suite, Alain Altinoglu and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra present the rarely-recorded full-length version of a work much admired by Stravinsky.

  • New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 17th May 2024

    by Katherine Cooper

    Winterreise from Andrè Schuen and Daniel Heide, Fauré's La Bonne Chanson & L'Horizon chimérique from Stéphane Degout and Alain Planès, Mozart & Poulenc from the Nagano/Kodama family, and Granados & Albéniz from Peter Donohoe.

  • Coming Soon, Aigul Akhmetshina's debut album on Decca and other forthcoming highlights

    by Katherine Cooper

    The Bashkir mezzo's programme centres on her signature-role of Carmen, with other summer stand-outs including a live recording of Meyerbeer's Le Prophète from the London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Mark Elder, piano duets by Schubert and Desyatnikov from Pavel Kolesnikov & Samson Tsoy, and an Irish album from Daniel Hope.

  • Favourites, Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)

    by David Smith

    A selection of some of the best recordings of music by the great Victorian composer - best known for his light operas written in collaboration with William Schwenck Gilbert and for his hymn-tunes.

  • Interview, Edward Cowie on the natural world and music

    by David Smith

    The composer, physicist and visual artist talks about his recent albums of music inspired by the natural and scientific world.

  • Interview, Lawrence Zazzo on Weeping Philosophers

    by Katherine Cooper

    The countertenor and academic discusses his new album exploring depictions of philosophers in music, featuring works by Carissimi, Durante, Strozzi, Purcell and more...

  • Recording of the Week, Four Hands - Alexandre Tharaud & Friends

    by Matthew Ash

    The French pianist is joined by an array of distinguished guests (including Beatrice Rana, Bertrand Chamayou, Philippe Jaroussky & Víkingur Ólafsson) for a programme ranging from Bach to Piazzolla.

  • New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 10th May 2024

    by Katherine Cooper

    Schubert and Krenek from Can Çakmur, Bach Partitas from Martin Helmchen, Cimarosa's L'Olimpiade from Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset, and the complete Beethoven symphonies from Kammerakademie Potsdam & Antonello Manacorda.

  • Interview, David Parry on Stanford's Shamus O'Brien

    by Katherine Cooper

    The conductor discusses his recent recording of Stanford's tuneful 1896 opera, set in the Cork mountains during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 - enormously popular in the early years of its life, the work was withdrawn by the composer in the years leading up to the Easter Rising.

  • Recollections, From Boult to Björling - My Life In Music (so far!)

    by Matthew Ash

    Our new Product Manager Matthew Ash introduces himself with a whistle-stop tour through some of the recordings which shaped his love of music - including works by Holst, Milhaud, MacMillan and Adès.

  • BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - May 2024 Choices

    by Chris O'Reilly

    Chris introduces this month's selection, with an 'endlessly fascinating' recital of Marc-André Hamelin's solo piano works (played by the composer) at the top of the pile...

  • Recording of the Week, Tippett's A Child of Our Time from the late Andrew Davis

    by Katherine Cooper

    A long-term champion of Tippett's music, the British conductor leads a meticulously-detailed account of his wartime oratorio with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and soloists Pumeza Matshikiza, Dame Sarah Connolly, Joshua Stewart and Ashley Riches.

  • New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 3rd May 2024

    by Katherine Cooper

    Yuja Wang's 2022 Vienna recital, a feast of music for piano four hands from Alexander Tharaud & friends, new recordings of Elgar's Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 from the Hallé & Sir Mark Elder, and Scarlatti & Scriabin from young German pianist Julius Asal in his debut on Deutsche Grammophon.

  • Interview, Paul McCreesh on Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius

    by James Longstaffe

    Following the release of his latest project with Gabrieli, the conductor talks about the differences that period instruments bring to the music, the extensive work he carries out in rehearsal with singers, and the importance of the Gabrieli Roar scheme in involving young people in classical music.

  • Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - April 2024

    by Chris O'Reilly

    Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for April, with Yunchan Lim's Chopin Études on Decca in first place...

  • Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - April 2024

    April heavyweights include Neville Marriner's Handel recordings on Decca, a celebration of Simon Rattle's long relationship with the Berliner Philharmoniker, and JS Bach's complete vocal works from Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki.