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 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - September 2018 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from trombonist and BBC Young Musician of the Year Peter Moore, Sandrine Piau, Christopher Purves, and the Jerusalem Quartet.

 Interview, Costantino Mastroprimiano on Hummel

by David Smith

The pianist talks to David about his recently-completed set of sonatas by the great Central European composer.

 Interview, Antonio Pappano on Bernstein

by Katherine Cooper

Ahead of the Bernstein centenary later this month, the conductor talks to Katherine about recording his three symphonies with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (out this Friday on Warner Classics).

 Recording of the Week, Rachmaninov's Études-tableaux from Steven Osborne

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine is mesmerised by the Scottish pianist’s introspective but evocative accounts of Rachmaninov’s two sets of ‘study-pictures’, out now on Hyperion.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 3rd August 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

New releases from the Binchois Consort, lutenist Jakob Lindberg, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, plus Georg Solti's Tannhäuser in 5.1 surround sound and the complete Decca recordings of Alicia De Larrocha.

 Awards, Gramophone Awards 2018 Shortlist

by Chris O'Reilly

The sixty shortlisted recordings (half a dozen in each of ten categories) for this year’s Awards have just been revealed…

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - July 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for July, with the third instalment of Andris Nelsons's Shostakovich cycle from Boston in first place.

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

by Katherine Cooper

A nocturnal English song recital from Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton, a compelling new opera from an octogenarian composer, and a bracing Alpine adventure from Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

 Coming Soon, Benjamin Appl's Bach and other forthcoming highlights

by Chris O'Reilly

Also includes recital-albums from Thomas Hampson and Thomas Allen, Mahler from Simon Rattle, and Deborah Warner’s striking production of Billy Budd from the Teatro Real Madrid.

 Recording of the Week, Wagner's Die Meistersinger from Bayreuth, directed by Barrie Kosky

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine reviews the Australian director's complex but illuminating 2017 production, which places the composer himself at the heart of the action.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 27th July 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

New releases from Steven Osborne and Mariss Jansons, plus the complete string quartets of James MacMillan and a newly-remastered set of Karl Böhm’s legendary recordings of the Mozart symphonies.

 Interview, Allan Clayton on Brett Dean's Hamlet

by Katherine Cooper

Following on from our interview with the composer earlier this week, Katherine talks to the English tenor about bringing this new incarnation of Shakespeare's 'sweet prince' to life.

 Coming Soon, Rattle conducts Bernstein and other forthcoming highlights

by Chris O'Reilly

A live recording of The Age of Anxiety with Bernstein’s friend Krystian Zimerman at the keyboard, plus the definitive Bach boxed set and new releases from Hélène Grimaud, Viktoria Mullova and Plácido Domingo.

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - July 2018

by David Smith

Includes new releases from The Elias Quartet, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Wilson, Sarah Connolly and Richard Boothby.

 Interview, Brett Dean on Hamlet

by Katherine Cooper

The Australian composer talks to Katherine about the genesis of his acclaimed 2017 Shakespearean opera, filmed at Glyndebourne last summer and now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Opus Arte.

 Recording of the Week, Vivaldi Double Concertos from Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima

by David Smith

Adrian Chandler and his acclaimed team of baroque instrumentalists present a sparkling selection of Vivaldi's unique double concerti.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 20th July 2018

by Katherine Cooper

Strauss from Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Brahms from Mario Venzago, Shostakovich from Mikhail Pletnev, and the world premiere recording of an absorbing new opera by Aribert Reimann.

 Interview, Mark Dourish on De Profundis

by David Smith

The founder and director of Cambridge-based early music specialists De Profundis talks about the group's second album of Renaissance treasures for lower voices, released at the end of June on Hyperion.

 Interview, Jan Bartoš on Beethoven

by Katherine Cooper

The Czech pianist shares his thoughts on his new Beethoven album, out now on Supraphon.

 Coming Soon, Barenboim's Brahms Symphonies and other forthcoming highlights

by Chris O'Reilly

The conductor's second complete Brahms cycle, recorded in Berlin last autumn, plus new releases from Bryn Terfel, Mischa Maisky, Leif Ove Andsnes and Vivica Genaux.