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 Interview, Sir Thomas Allen on September Songs

by Katherine Cooper

The veteran baritone talks to Katherine about his autumnal album of classics from The Great American Songbook, out now on Champs Hill Records and featuring soprano Lucy Crowe.

 Recording of the Week, Scriabin's First and Fifth Symphonies from Vasily Petrenko

by Katherine Cooper

The Russian conductor and the Oslo Philharmonic are joined by pianist Kirill Gerstein for the final instalment of Scriabin's complete symphonies on LAWO.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 21st September 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

A Viennese-themed recital from Barbara Hannigan, an album of real contrasts from young Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe, dramatic tenor Stuart Skelton’s debut solo recording, and the first instalment of an intriguing new project from the Danish String Quartet.

 Interview, Magdalena Kožená on French song

by Katherine Cooper

The Czech mezzo talks to Katherine about recording Duparc with Robin Ticciati and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin for their new album Aimer et mourir, out tomorrow on Linn Records.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - Awards Issue 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, with Sir Mark Elder's period-instrument recording of Rossini's Semiramide taking pride of place as Recording of the Month.

 DVD and Blu-ray Highlights, DVD and Blu-ray Highlights - September 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Matthias Goerne's first Wozzeck on film, Ermonela Jaho's shattering Madama Butterfly, vintage Berlioz from Bernstein, and a night under the stars with Jonas Kaufmann.

 Interview, Sakari Oramo on Langgaard

by David Smith

The conductor of the Wiener Philharmoniker talks to David about his new album of works by the forgotten Danish Romantic composer Rued Langgaard.

 Recording of the Week, Simon Rattle and the LSO dazzle in Leonard Bernstein's Wonderful Town

by James Longstaffe

Bernstein's 1953 musical receives a sparkling performance from the London Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle, with a cast led by Danielle de Niese, Alysha Umphress, and Nathan Gunn.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 14th September 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

A live Wigmore Hall recital from Joyce DiDonato and the Brentano Quartet, Bartók and Enescu from Vilde Frang and friends, and Deborah Warner’s spectacular staging of Billy Budd from the Teatro Real Madrid.

 Awards, Gramophone Awards 2018 - Recording of the Year

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris reports live from the ceremony in London, with full details of the overall winning recording, Artist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and other special awards.

 Video Interview, Sir Simon Rattle on Wonderful Town

by Katherine Cooper

Watch our exclusive video-interview with the London Symphony Orchestra's Music Director about their live recording of Bernstein's raucous paean to The City That Never Sleeps, out now on the orchestra's own label.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - October 2018 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from La Serenissima, Fabio Biondi, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, and the Choir of Gonville & Caius College Cambridge.

 Interview, Bertrand Chamayou on Saint-Saëns

by Katherine Cooper

The French pianist talks to Katherine about his new recording of the Second and Fifth Piano Concertos and a selection of the composer's lesser-known solo piano works, released on Friday on Erato.

 Obituary, Claudio Scimone (1934-2018)

by Chris O'Reilly

The Italian conductor, renowned for his championing of Vivaldi, Clementi and Rossini, has died aged 83.

 Recording of the Week, Rossini's Semiramide from Mark Elder

by Katherine Cooper

Rossini's final Italian opera seria receives a taut, compelling reading on period instruments in an interpretation which plays up its baroque pedigree to great effect.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 7th September 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Finzi from Paul Watkins, Chopin from Leif Ove Andsnes, Broadway songs from Renée Fleming, and the first commercial recording of Gounod’s final opera, Le tribut de Zamora.

 Presto CD, Presto CD - new titles from Argo, Decca, DG and Philips

by Chris O'Reilly

The latest batch of Presto CDs includes Joshua Bell's debut recording, Bach from Peter Hurford and Mozart from Frans Brüggen.

 Interview, Roxanna Panufnik on 'Celestial Bird'

by David Smith

David talks to composer Roxanna Panufnik about her forthcoming collection of eclectic vocal works performed by Ex Cathedra and Milapfest under Jeffrey Skidmore.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - August 2018

by Katherine Cooper

An irresistible collection of evergreens from a veteran baritone, Mendelssohn from the cutting-room floor, and two rare sets of incidental music by Fauré feature among this month’s favourites.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - August 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for August, with Yo-Yo Ma's third recording of the Bach Cello Suites in first place by some margin!