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 Interview, Mark Bebbington on Private Passions

by David Smith

The British pianist talks to David about his new album of works by Arnold Bax & Harriet Cohen.

 Recording of the Week, Andris Nelsons continues his Shostakovich cycle with Symphonies 6 & 7

by James Longstaffe

Andris Nelsons continues his Shostakovich series with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with thrillingly detailed accounts of the Sixth and Seventh symphonies.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 22nd February 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

New recordings from Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic, Kammerorchester Basel and Giovanni Antonini, Vadym Kholodenko, and Lucie Horsch, plus the world premiere recording of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel.

 Presto CD, 56 new Sony titles added

by Flora Lucas

Highlights include recordings by Leonard Bernstein, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Williams, and music composed by Glenn Gould.

 Interview, Kirill Gerstein on Busoni

by Katherine Cooper

The pianist talks to Katherine about his recording of the Italian composer’s gargantuan Piano Concerto of 1904, released this week on Myrios with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo.

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - February 2019

by David Smith

Includes new releases from Kristian Bezuidenhout, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Jan Lisiecki, and the beginning of what promises to be an invigorating Schubert symphonies cycle from Edward Gardner and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

 Interview, The Foyle-Štšura Duo on Penderecki and Lutosławski

by David Smith

David talks to the Duo about their new album exploring chamber works by two Polish twentieth-century giants.

 Recording of the Week, Paul Lewis plays early Schubert and Weber

by Katherine Cooper

The British pianist radiates sympathy and imagination in two piano sonatas from the 1810s by young composers who both died before their fortieth birthdays.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 15th February 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

New recordings from Edgar Moreau, Jeremy Denk and François-Xavier Roth, plus a memorial to Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and a 1955 recording of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden from Belgrade.

 Awards, Victoires de la Musique Classique 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris presents the winners and nominees from last night's ceremony at La Seine Musicale in Paris, including Lang Lang and French baritone Stéphane Degout.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - February 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

A Berlioz anniversary tribute from Warner Classics, Wilhelm Fürtwangler’s wartime radio broadcasts with the Berliner Philharmoniker, a ninetieth-birthday celebration of Bernard Haitink, and anthologies of Idil Biret, Van Cliburn, and Leonard Pennario.

 Interview, Sir George Benjamin on Lessons in Love and Violence

by Katherine Cooper

The composer talks to Katherine about the genesis of his third opera, which premiered at Covent Garden last May and was released on DVD and Blu-ray at the end of December.

 Awards, Grammy Winners 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces the winning classical albums from this year's ceremony, which took place last night in Los Angeles.

 Recording of the Week, Kirill Karabits conducts the world premiere of Liszt's Sardanapalo

by Katherine Cooper

Reconstructed by the musicologist David Trippett, the single completed act of Liszt's abandoned opera on a subject by Byron reveals what the composer's son-in-law Wagner described as 'the claw of a lion'.

 Interview, David Trippett on Liszt's Sardanapalo

by Katherine Cooper

The musicologist and driving-force behind today's Recording of the Week talks to Katherine about the mysterious genesis of Liszt's uncompleted opera, and the process of reconstructing the manuscript for performance.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 8th February 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

New recordings from Paul Lewis, Olga Peretyatko, Anna Lucia Richter and The King’s Singers, plus a collection of Furtwängler radio broadcasts from the archives of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

 Coming Soon, Berlioz from Rattle and Davis and other forthcoming highlights

by Chris O'Reilly

La damnation de Faust from London and L’enfance du Christ from Melbourne, plus Bruckner from Robin Ticciati, Bach from Isabelle Faust, and the final instalment of Iván Fischer’s mighty Mahler series from Budapest.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - February 2019 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from Vox Luminis, Jennifer Pike, Charles Owen, and Antonio Pappano and the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden.

 Video Interview, Paavo Järvi on Sibelius

by Katherine Cooper

The Estonian conductor talks to Katherine about recording the first-ever complete set of Sibelius symphonies with a French orchestra during his tenure as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - January 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for January, with period-instrument Berlioz from François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles in first place...