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 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - August 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, with the original 1863 version of Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles out in front as Recording of the Month.

 Recording of the Week, Mozart's La clemenza di Tito from Yannick Nézet-Séguin

by Katherine Cooper

Marina Rebeka and Joyce DiDonato strike sparks off one another as Vitellia and Sesto in a terrific new recording of Mozart's final opera, with Rolando Villazón as the idealistic emperor against whom they conspire.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 13th July 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Rare operas by Rameau and Thea Musgrave, plus Beethoven from Trio Goya and octets from the soloists' ensemble of La Scala.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - August 2018 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from Llŷr Williams, Alexander Melnikov, Florilegium, and Vox Luminis with Ensembles Masques.

 Interview, Robert Hollingworth on Vivanco's Missa Assumpsit Jesus

by David Smith

Conductor and musicologist Robert Hollingworth talks polyphony, period performance and pitch (and his new recording of Spanish Renaissance music with male-voice ensemble De Profundis).

 Obituary, Oliver Knussen (1952-2018)

by Chris O'Reilly

The British composer and conductor, best known for his two children’s operas Where The Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! and for his tireless championing of music by his contemporaries, has died aged 66.

 Recording of the Week, Shostakovich Symphonies 4 & 11 from Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra

by James Longstaffe

Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra offer highly characterful and stunningly-performed accounts of Shostakovich's Fourth and Eleventh Symphonies.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 6th July 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Haydn from Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Mozart from Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Rolando Villazón, Joyce DiDonato and Marina Rebeka, a Philip Glass premiere, and Spanish polyphony from Robert Hollingworth and De Profundis.

 Interview, Christopher Purves on Handel

by Katherine Cooper

The British bass-baritone talks to Katherine about the second volume of 'Finest Arias for Base Voice', out now on Hyperion.

 Interview, Duncan Ferguson on William Mundy

by David Smith

Conductor Duncan Ferguson talks to David about his latest release on Delphian with the choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, which focuses on the majestic choral works of William Mundy.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - June 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for June, with Buxtehude's Abendmusiken from Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis and Ensemble Masques in first place.

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

by Katherine Cooper

Revelatory Debussy from Alexander Melnikov, a Mahlerian Midsummer Night’s Dream from Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and another nocturnal box of delights from Stephen Hough.

 Recording of the Week, John Adams's Doctor Atomic, conducted by the composer

by James Longstaffe

John Adams conducts Gerald Finley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the first audio recording of his 2005 opera, Doctor Atomic.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 29th June 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Handel from Christopher Purves and Grace Davidson, a second instalment of Stravinsky from Ilya Gringolts, Suk from Jonathan Plowright, and Brett Dean’s Hamlet on DVD and Blu-ray.

 Coming Soon, Rachmaninov from Daniil Trifonov and other forthcoming highlights

by Katherine Cooper

The Russian pianist records Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra, plus new releases from Ian Bostridge, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Pavel Kolesnikov.

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - June 2018

by David Smith

Includes new releases from Mariss Jansons, Vladimir Jurowski and Jordi Savall - plus reissues of vintage Beethoven from Pierre Fournier and Wilhelm Kempff and a Mahler recital from Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry and Leonard Bernstein.

 Interview, Maria Marchant on Granville Bantock

by David Smith

Pianist Maria Marchant talks to David about her new album Bantock Rediscovered, featuring première recordings of nine works by Granville Bantock.

 Recording of the Week, Buxtehude's Abendmusiken from Vox Luminis

by David Smith

Two first-rate early music ensembles join forces to recreate the atmosphere of Buxtehude's legendary secular-sacred concert series in Lübeck.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 22nd June 2018

by Katherine Cooper

Mendelssohn from Iván Fischer, Bruch from Joshua Bell, Debussy from Pablo Heras-Casado, and the continuation of Naïve’s Vivaldi Edition.

 Interview, Francesco Piemontesi on Liszt

by David Smith

The pianist talks to David about the first instalment of Années de pélerinage, which was our Recording of the Week a fortnight ago.