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Latest News: Classical

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 21st February 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Chopin from Benjamin Grosvenor, Dvořák and Copland from Gianandrea Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra, Farrenc from Christoph König and the Solistes Européens Luxembourg, and a boxed set of Karajan recordings from Decca.

 Coming Soon, Beethoven 2020 - forthcoming highlights

by Chris O'Reilly

Anniversary tributes from artists including Maurizio Pollini, Rudolf Buchbinder, Teodor Currentzis, the Capuçon brothers.

 Obituary, Hamish Milne (1939-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The British pianist, who was particularly associated with the music of Nikolai Medtner, has died aged 80.

 Presto CD, New titles added to Presto CD - February 2020

by Flora Lucas

Including Riccardo Chailly conducting Orff's Carmina Burana, Dvořák's Piano Concerto from András Schiff and Shostakovich's Symphony No 14 from Bernard Haitink and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

 Interview, Owen Rees on Josquin and his legacy

by David Smith

David talks to conductor and musicologist Owen Rees about his latest album with Contrapunctus, exploring the impact of Josquin on Spanish polyphony.

 Obituary, Reinbert de Leeuw (1938-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The Dutch pianist, conductor and composer has died aged 81.

 Interview, Papagena - Hush!

by David Smith

David talks to members of the all-female vocal quintet about their new recording on Somm Recordings.

 Recording of the Week, Paavo Järvi conducts orchestral works by Bartók

by James Longstaffe

The NHK Symphony Orchestra and Paavo Järvi perform a trio of works by Bartók: Divertimento for String Orchestra, Dance Suite, and Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 14th February 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Strauss from Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic, Sibelius from Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Schumann, Poulenc and Zemlinsky from German soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, and Hasse and Lady Gaga from Simone Kermes.

 Interview, Paavo Järvi on the NHK Symphony Orchestra

by Katherine Cooper

Ahead of the release of their album of Bartók on Sony Classical tomorrow, the Japanese orchestra's Chief Conductor talks to Katherine about expanding their twentieth-century and contemporary repertoire and his plans for their future together.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - February 2020 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, including Bach from Angela Hewitt, Tchaikovsky from Peter Donohoe, and Strauss from Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

 Interview, Kate Lindsey on Arianna

by Katherine Cooper

The American mezzo (currently starring as Nerone in Handel's Agrippina at the Metropolitan Opera) talks to Katherine about her new recording of cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel and Haydn, released last month on Alpha.

 Obituary, Nello Santi (1931-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The Italian opera conductor, who was one of the finest Verdi and Puccini interpreters of the twentieth century, has died aged 88.

 Obituary, Mirella Freni (1935-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The Italian soprano, who was widely recognised as one of the finest Verdi and Puccini singers of the twentieth century, has died aged 84.

 Interview, Ēriks Ešenvalds on There Will Come Soft Rains

by David Smith

Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds talks to David about his new album of choral works, recorded by the Choir of the West at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington.

 Recording of the Week, Cherubini from Riccardo Chailly and Filarmonica della Scala

by Katherine Cooper

The Italian conductor and orchestra present nine world premiere recordings of occasional marches alongside energetic accounts of the Overture in G minor and Symphony.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 7th February 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

The St Matthew Passion from Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan, Sibelius from Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé, Mozart from Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov, and Elgar, Chausson and more from Daniel Hope and friends.

 Obituary, Peter Serkin (1947-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The American pianist, who was as renowned for his work with contemporary composers as for his period-instrument performances of Mozart and Beethoven, has died aged 72.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - February 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month’s Choices, with John Wilson’s French album Escales with Sinfonia of London on Chandos first among equals as Recording of the Month.

 Interview, The Well-Tempered Consort

by David Smith

Phantasm's founder, director and violist Laurence Dreyfus talks to David about the consort's new disc, exploring the polyphonic keyboard works of JS Bach in new arrangements for viols.

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