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 Interview, Owain Park on Fading

by David Smith

The consort's director Owain Park talks about their contemplative album from 2020, inspired by ancient monastic services and meditating on themes of darkness and light.

 Recording of the Week, Weinberg solo violin sonatas from Gidon Kremer

by David Smith

The Latvian violinist celebrates his 75th birthday with impassioned recordings of Weinberg's three sonatas for solo violin.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 18th February 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Vivaldi, Leclair and Locatelli from Théotime Langlois de Swarte, Mozart from Elisabeth Leonskaja, piano works by African composers from Rebeca Omordia, and Italian baroque arias from Ian Bostridge.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - March 2022 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces next month's selection, headed by Jennifer Kloetzel and Robert Koenig's set of Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano on Avie...

 Interview, Benjamin Appl on Winterreise

by Katherine Cooper

The German baritone talks to Katherine about his new recording of Schubert's great song-cycle (released on Alpha Classics last Friday) and his relationship with his late mentor Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

 Interview, Schubert on Tape

by David Smith

Edna Stern talks about her new album of Schubert, in which she deliberately turns back the clock on today's recording techniques to capture a more authentic performance.

 Presto Music Classical Podcast, Episode 27: A Life in Notes - The Art of Music Biography

by Paul Thomas

This week three eminent music biographers join Paul for a round-table discussion on the art of writing a music biography.

 Recording of the Week, Andris Nelsons completes his Bruckner cycle with the Gewandhausorchester

by James Longstaffe

The Latvian conductor and his Leipzig ensemble complete their cycle of Bruckner symphonies with radiant, dramatic performances of Symphonies 1 and 5.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 11th February 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Bruckner from François-Xavier Roth, Shostakovich from Gianandrea Noseda, consort music by John Jenkins from Phantasm, and Winterreise from Benjamin Appl and James Baillieu.

 Coming Soon, Mitsuko Uchida's Diabelli Variations and other forthcoming highlights

by Katherine Cooper

Other stand-out releases for March and April include Franco-Italian recitals from tenors Benjamin Bernheim and Pene Pati, Rachmaninov from Asmik Grigorian, and Sibelius from the young Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä.

 Interview, Lynn Arnold and Charles Matthews on Vaughan Williams and more

by David Smith

David talks to the piano duo about their recent album, including a transcription of Vaughan Williams's London Symphony and Maconchy's Preludio, Fugato e Finale

 Obituary, George Crumb (1929-2022)

by David Smith

The American composer, whose major works include Black Angels, Vox Balaenae and Ancient Voices of Children, has died aged 92.

 Interview, John Wilson on Ravel

by James Longstaffe

The British conductor talks to James about his latest album with Sinfonia of London devoted to the music of Maurice Ravel, which includes the original versions of both Ma Mère L’oye and Boléro.

 Recording of the Week, New choral music from Iceland and England

by David Smith

A double-bill of contemporary works for choir - Icelandic splendour from Graham Ross and the choir of Clare College, and Westminster commissions from Dove, Weir and Martin.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 4th February 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Beethoven from Angela Hewitt, Bach from Leonidas Kavakos, Handel's Apollo e Dafne from Il Pomo d'Oro, and John Williams from the Berliner Philharmoniker (with the composer himself at the helm).

 Interview, Sandrine Piau on Handel's Enchantresses

by Katherine Cooper

The French soprano talks to Katherine about her new album featuring snapshots of Alcina, Morgana, Cleopatra and others, and about her rather unorthodox route to a solo singing career...

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - January 2022

by Katherine Cooper

A powerful pasticcio requiem from La Tempête and Simon-Pierre Bestion, enchanting Handel from Sandrine Piau and Les Paladins, and a superb survey of George Walker's piano sonatas from Steven Beck.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - January 2022

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for January, with Marc-André Hamelin's enchanting survey of keyboard works by CPE Bach on Hyperion in first place...

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - February 2022

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, headed by Savall's 'very special' accounts of Beethoven's last four symphonies with Le Concert des Nations on Alia Vox.

 Recording of the Week, John Wilson conducts orchestral works by Ravel

by James Longstaffe

The latest album from Sinfonia of London and John Wilson presents a dazzling collection of orchestral works by Ravel, including La valse and Pavane pour une infante défunte alongside premiere recordings of the original versions of Ma Mère l'Oye and Boléro.