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 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - April 2022

by Chris O'Reilly

This month's heavyweights include extensive anthologies celebrating Dimitri Mitropoulos and Kurt Masur, 150th birthday-editions of Vaughan Williams and Scriabin, and a set of recordings from Gidon Kremer's Lockenhaus Festival.

 Recording of the Week, Weber's Der Freischütz from René Jacobs

by Katherine Cooper

The Belgian conductor's restoration of the original libretto's prologue lends a wonderful symmetry and coherence to Weber's supernatural Singspiel, whilst German actor Max Urlacher is properly spine-chilling in the expanded role of the demon Samiel.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 29th April 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Dora Pejačević from Peter Donohoe and Sakari Oramo, eighteenth-century operatic heroines from Patricia Petibon, Heinz Holliger's 'dream-opera' Lunea, and a Dante-inspired recital from Mirco Palazzi and Marco Scolastra.

 Awards, BBC Music Magazine Awards 2022: The Winners!

by Chris O'Reilly

A live update from tonight's ceremony at Kings Place, including details of the Recording of the Year and Personality of the Year Awards...

 Interview, Annelien Van Wauwe on FLOW

by Katherine Cooper

The Belgian clarinettist discusses her recent recording of the Mozart concerto and a new yoga-inspired commission by Wim Henderickx - and explains how her own daily yoga-practice has transformed her approach to making music.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - May 2022

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, headed by a 'breathtakingly extravagant display of intellect and imagination' from Mitsuko Uchida in Beethoven's Diabelli Variations.

 Video Interview, Daniel Hyde on Lenten, Passiontide and Easter music from King's

by David Smith

The Director of Music at King's College discusses the Choir's new album, featuring music for Easter and the period leading up to it.

 Recording of the Week, Olga Neuwirth's Orlando

by Katherine Cooper

The Austrian composer's Virginia Woolf-inspired opera delights in blurring boundaries of all kinds, with an astonishing central performance from mezzo Kate Lindsey in the shape-shifting title-role.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 22nd April 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Rossini from Florian Sempey, Rameau from Marc Minkowski, vintage Vaughan Williams from Sir Adrian Boult, and Schubert from Viktoria Mullova and Alasdair Beatson.

 Interview, Jonathan Radford on the rise of the saxophone

by David Smith

The saxophonist talks about the pioneering Rudy Wiedoeft, who played a crucial role in promoting and popularising his instrument early in the twentieth century.

 Obituary, Harrison Birtwistle (1934-2022)

by David Smith

The radical English composer, famous particularly for his operas on mythological themes, has died aged 87.

 Obituary, Radu Lupu (1945-2022)

by Katherine Cooper

The Romanian pianist Radu Lupu, widely regarded as one of the most eloquent musicians of the late twentieth century, has died aged 76.

 Obituary, Nicholas Angelich (1970-2022)

by Katherine Cooper

The American pianist, who was particularly noted for his powerful interpretations of Brahms's solo piano works and chamber music, has died aged 51.

 Recording of the Week, Bach's St Matthew Passion from Raphaël Pichon

by David Smith

Raphaël Pichon and his Pygmalion ensemble present a vision of Bach's masterwork that aims for clarity and immediacy over exhaustingly intense theatrics.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 15th April 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Beethoven concertos from Kristian Bezuidenhout and Pablo Heras-Casado, Bach cello suites from Bruno Philippe, Tailleferre piano works from Nicolas Horvath, and American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen's debut album of opera arias.

 Interview, Melanne Mueller on Avie Records

by Katherine Cooper

To mark Avie's twentieth birthday, the label's co-founder talks to Katherine about their commitment to 'giving something back to musicians', why the recording industry 'needs to be nimble', and long lunches with Julian Bream and Jon Lord...

 Presto CD, 25 New titles on Presto CD from Warner & Erato

by Paul Thomas

Evgeny Kissin, Gervase De Peyer & Vivica Genaux feature in the latest additions to our Presto CD range.

 Interview, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Gábor Takács-Nagy on Mozart piano concertos

by David Smith

The pianist and conductor discuss Manchester, music as medicine, Mozart, motifs and Masonry.

 Recording of the Week, Franco-Italian recitals from Benjamin Bernheim and Pene Pati

by Katherine Cooper

Bernheim traces the history of Italian composers in Paris with his customary elegance and eloquence, whilst Pati's equally impressive debut on Warner reveals a voice of immense character and versatility.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 8th April 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Beethoven's Diabelli Variations from Mitsuko Uchida, Haydn and Schubert from Grigory Sokolov at Esterházy Palace, Mahler from Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic, and works by Florence Price, Valerie Coleman and Jessie Montgomery from the New York Youth Symphony.