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 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - May 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, with the Tippett Quartet taking top honours for their 'breathtaking sense of control' in Henryk Górecki’s String Quartet No. 3 on Naxos.

 Awards, BBC Music Magazine Awards 2020: The Winners!

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this year's winners, with 'stellar' Purcell from Paul McCreesh and Gabrieli taking the palm for Recording of the Year.

 Recording of the Week, Grigory Sokolov performs music by Beethoven, Brahms, & Mozart

by James Longstaffe

The Russian pianist presents a collection of sublime performances of music by Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart, recorded live at recitals across Europe in 2019.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 8th May 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Beethoven concertos from Inon Barnatan and Martha Argerich, a journey through Spain and South America with Tabea Zimmermann, and Tannhäuser from Bayreuth - starring Lise Davidsen in her festival debut as Elisabeth.

 Interview, David Hill on Howells

by David Smith

The conductor talks to David about his recent recording of Howells's mighty Missa Sabrinensis with the Bach Choir and BBC Concert Orchestra.

 Interview, Lars Vogt on Brahms

by Katherine Cooper

The German pianist and conductor talks to Katherine about the joys and challenges of directing the two Brahms concertos from the keyboard on his recent recordings with Royal Northern Sinfonia on Ondine.

 Favourites, Shelf Discovery: Martha Argerich

by Paul Thomas

In the first instalment of a new occasional series comparing early and late-career recordings by the same artist, Paul revisits two landmark albums from the Argentine pianist.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - April 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson maintains his No. 1 spot from last month with his outstandingly played, imaginatively-programmed album of Debussy and Rameau on Deutsche Grammophon.

 Recording of the Week, Howells from David Hill and the Bach Choir

by David Smith

David Hill leads the Bach Choir and BBC Concert Orchestra in a masterful new recording of Howells's monumental Missa Sabrinensis - a rarely-heard masterpiece ripe for revival.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - April 2020

by Katherine Cooper

Anna Prohaska sings of man's first disobedience, Yuja Wang dances with the devil, and Gerald Barry, Thomas Adès and Mark Stone paint a touching portrait of Beethoven in love.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 1st May 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Beethoven from Stephen Hough, a Vasks world premiere from Maxim Rysanov, solo Bach from Trevor Pinnock, and Verdi's Attila (starring Ildebrando D'Arcangelo in the title-role).

 Interview, Julia Sitkovetsky on Rachmaninov

by Katherine Cooper

The British/American coloratura soprano talks to Katherine about her debut album, out tomorrow on Hyperion, and about establishing her own musical identity in a family of 'big artistic personalities'.

 Obituary, Lynn Harrell (1944-2020)

by Chris O'Reilly

The American cellist, who won two Grammys for his piano trio recordings with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Itzhak Perlman, has died aged 76.

 Interview, Graham Ross on Arvo Pärt

by David Smith

The conductor of the choir of Clare College Cambridge talks to David about his new album, showcasing the music of Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks and James MacMillan.

 Concerts, The Metropolitan Opera's At Home Gala

by Katherine Cooper

In the wake of Saturday's four-hour online extravaganza, which saw 40 of today's greatest singers perform arias via video-link from their own homes, Katherine suggests some related further listening.

 Recording of the Week, Nuits from Véronique Gens and I Giardini

by Katherine Cooper

The French soprano explores the themes of night and dreams on this beguiling programme of mélodies from the Belle Époque, given here in atmospheric new arrangements for voice and piano quintet by Alexandre Dratwicki.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 24th April 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Strauss from Krzysztof Urbański, Beethoven from Andrew Manze and Martin Helmchen, the first complete recording of Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's Phèdre, and an inventive staging of Purcell's King Arthur, conducted by René Jacobs.

 New Release Round-up, Digital New Release Round-Up - 24th April 2020

by David Smith

A John Adams premiere from Yuja Wang, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Beethoven from Teodor Currentzis, Vivaldi from Martin Fröst and Concerto Köln, and Strauss’s Enoch Arden from Kirill Gerstein and the late Bruno Ganz.

 Interview, Jack Liebeck on Brahms and Schoenberg

by Katherine Cooper

The violinist talks to Katherine about his BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Month, which was inspired in part by the memory of his grandfather Walter Liebeck - an accomplished amateur violinist and German emigré.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - May 2020 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, headed by violinist Jack Liebeck's 'stellar Brahms and expressive Schoenberg' concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Gourlay on Orchid Classics.

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