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 Awards, Gramophone Awards 2018: The Winners!

by Chris O'Reilly

This year's victors in each of the ten categories were revealed this morning.

 Recording of the Week, Jiří Bělohlávek conducts Janáček

by Katherine Cooper

Late recordings of the Glagolitic Mass, Taras Bulba, the Sinfonietta and The Fiddler's Child bear witness to the Czech conductor's affinity for his countryman's music.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 31st August 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Mahler from Simon Rattle, Stenhammar from Neeme Järvi, Brahms and Schubert from John Eliot Gardiner, and Matthias Goerne’s first recorded Wozzeck.

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - August 2018

by David Smith

Includes new releases from Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yo-Yo Ma and Alisa Weilerstein - plus newly-remastered Schubert from Artur Schnabel and family, and a breakthrough performance from soprano Edita Gruberová in what would become her signature-role.

 Interview, Richard Bonynge on Edward J. Loder

by Katherine Cooper

The veteran operatic conductor talks to Katherine about the world premiere recording of the Bath-born composer's Gothic melodrama Raymond and Agnes, out now on Retrospect Opera.

 Obituary, Inge Borkh (1917/21-2018)

by Chris O'Reilly

The German dramatic soprano, renowned for her high-voltage portrayals of Strauss's Salome and Elektra, died yesterday.

 Favourites, Leonard Bernstein

by Chris O'Reilly

On the composer's 100th birthday, Chris recommends some favourite recordings of his key works across all genres, from the ever-popular West Side Story to comparative rarities like Trouble in Tahiti and the song-cycles.

 Recording of the Week, Bernstein Symphonies from Simon Rattle and Antonio Pappano

by Katherine Cooper

Pianist Krystian Zimerman brings understated affection and Classical clarity to The Age of Anxiety with Rattle, whilst Pappano and his Roman orchestra emphasise the dramatic qualities of all three symphonies.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 24th August 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

An all-French recital from Alice Sara Ott, an impressive and innovative debut album from soprano Nadine Sierra, and a second Brahms recording from Cyprien Katsaris and Hélène Mercier.

 Coming Soon, Igor Levit's 'Life Album' and other forthcoming instrumental and concerto highlights

by Chris O'Reilly

Bach, Busoni, Liszt/Wagner and Rzewski from the Russian-German pianist, plus Chopin and Schubert from Steven Isserlis, and an eclectic second album from award-winning young guitarist Sean Shibe.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - August 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Three centenary tributes to Leonard Bernstein, Marie-Claire Alain’s first complete Bach cycle newly remastered, and celebrations of Neeme Järvi, Oscar Levant, Claudio Abbado and George Szell.

 Interview, Scott Metcalfe on The Peterhouse Part-Books

by David Smith

David talks to the founder and artistic director of Renaissance vocal ensemble Blue Heron about the culmination of his project to record lost pre-Reformation choral works from the Peterhouse Partbooks.

 Recording of the Week, Yo-Yo Ma records Bach's Cello Suites for the third and final time

by Katherine Cooper

The Chinese-American cellist returns to works which he describes as his 'constant musical companions' in interpretations of uncommon freshness and spontaneity.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 17th August 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Beethoven from the Elias Quartet, Mendelssohn from Anima Eterna Brugge, a friends-and-family affair from Mischa Maisky, and a fascinating collection of chamber works from the Russian-British composer Alissa Firsova.

 Coming Soon, Rossini's Semiramide and other forthcoming vocal highlights

by Katherine Cooper

Rossini's Babylonian opera presented uncut and on period instruments, plus new releases from Cecilia Bartoli, Joyce DiDonato, Stuart Skelton and Barbara Hannigan.

 Interview, Christian Lindberg on Stenhammar

by David Smith

The Swedish conductor talks to David about his new recording of Stenhammar's mighty Second Symphony with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - September 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's centenary tribute to their former Honorary President Leonard Bernstein taking pride of place as Recording of the Month.

 Awards, Gramophone Awards 2018 - the top three in each category

by Chris O'Reilly

The final contenders in each of the ten genres were revealed this morning…

 Recording of the Week, Music by Haydn and Schoenberg from cellist Alisa Weilerstein

by James Longstaffe

James listens to energetic, vital accounts of Haydn's two cello concertos from Alisa Weilerstein, coupled with an expressively radiant performance of Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 10th August 2018

by Katherine Cooper

Penderecki from Anne-Sophie Mutter, Bernstein from Antonio Pappano, Mozart from Daniel Barenboim and friends/family, plus the first commercial recording of an English Romantic opera conducted by Richard Bonynge.