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 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...

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - January 2019

by Katherine Cooper

Two startlingly original symphonies by the African-American composer Florence Price, Berlioz laid bare by four hands on a Pleyel, and hot-to-the-touch Schumann from Gautier Capuçon and Martha Argerich.

 Recording of the Week, Steven Isserlis and Olli Mustonen perform cello sonatas by Shostakovich and Kabalevsky

by James Longstaffe

The cello sonatas by Shostakovich and Kabalevsky are given expressive performances by Steven Isserlis and Olli Mustonen, alongside Prokofiev's Ballade and a handful of shorter works.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 1st February 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

New recordings from Edward Gardner, Mariss Jansons and Jan Lisiecki, plus an Alfred Cellier rarity from Richard Bonynge and a landmark Dmitri Hvorostovsky performance from the Moscow archives.

 Interview, Hilary Hahn on Bach

by Katherine Cooper

The American violinist talks to Katherine about returning to Bach's solo sonatas and partitas two decades after her debut recording aged 16.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - February 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, with the first volume of Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber’s Schumann series on Sony taking pride of place.

 Obituary, Michel Legrand (1932-2019)

by Chris O'Reilly

The French composer and jazz pianist, whose film scores included Yentl, The Thomas Crown Affair and Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, has died aged 86.

 Recording of the Week, Maurizio Pollini performs late piano works by Chopin

by James Longstaffe

The Italian pianist revisits works by Chopin including the Third Piano Sonata, the Berceuse, and the two Nocturnes, op. 55, alongside his first recording of the three Mazurkas, op. 56.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 25th January 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

New recordings from the Grigoryan brothers, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Jayson Gillham and the RIAS Kammerchor, plus a boxed set of Daniel Barenboim reissues.

 Interview, Will Todd on his Jazz Missa Brevis

by David Smith

The composer talks to David about his new album of jazz-infused choral works, pairing a set of Passiontide works with a new Missa Brevis.

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - January 2019

by David Smith

Includes new releases from Federico Colli, Christophe Rousset, Boris Giltburg and Paavo Järvi, and four re-issues from the Juilliard Quartet.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - January 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, with Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s live recording of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (starring Furio Zanasi as the returning hero and Lucile Richardot as his long-suffering wife) in the lead as Recording of the Month.

 Recording of the Week, Berlioz from François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles

by Katherine Cooper

Tabea Zimmermann and Stéphane Degout are the soloists in period-instrument performances of Harold en Italie & Les nuits d'été.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 18th January 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

New recordings from Gautier Capuçon, Christophe Rousset, Concentus Musicus Wien, and Paavo Järvi and the Orchestre de Paris.

 Awards, BBC Music Magazine Awards 2019: Shortlist

by Chris O'Reilly

The nominations are in and voting is open!

 Interview, Boris Giltburg on Liszt

by David Smith

David talks to the Russian-born Israeli pianist about his recording of the Études d'exécution transcendante, released last Friday on Naxos.