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Mahler from Simon Rattle, Stenhammar from Neeme Järvi, Brahms and Schubert from John Eliot Gardiner, and Matthias Goerne’s first recorded Wozzeck.
Includes new releases from Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yo-Yo Ma and Alisa Weilerstein - plus newly-remastered Schubert from Artur Schnabel and family, and a breakthrough performance from soprano Edita Gruberová in what would become her signature-role.
The veteran operatic conductor talks to Katherine about the world premiere recording of the Bath-born composer's Gothic melodrama Raymond and Agnes, out now on Retrospect Opera.
The German dramatic soprano, renowned for her high-voltage portrayals of Strauss's Salome and Elektra, died yesterday.
On the composer's 100th birthday, Chris recommends some favourite recordings of his key works across all genres, from the ever-popular West Side Story to comparative rarities like Trouble in Tahiti and the song-cycles.
Pianist Krystian Zimerman brings understated affection and Classical clarity to The Age of Anxiety with Rattle, whilst Pappano and his Roman orchestra emphasise the dramatic qualities of all three symphonies.
An all-French recital from Alice Sara Ott, an impressive and innovative debut album from soprano Nadine Sierra, and a second Brahms recording from Cyprien Katsaris and Hélène Mercier.
Bach, Busoni, Liszt/Wagner and Rzewski from the Russian-German pianist, plus Chopin and Schubert from Steven Isserlis, and an eclectic second album from award-winning young guitarist Sean Shibe.
Three centenary tributes to Leonard Bernstein, Marie-Claire Alain’s first complete Bach cycle newly remastered, and celebrations of Neeme Järvi, Oscar Levant, Claudio Abbado and George Szell.
David talks to the founder and artistic director of Renaissance vocal ensemble Blue Heron about the culmination of his project to record lost pre-Reformation choral works from the Peterhouse Partbooks.
The Chinese-American cellist returns to works which he describes as his 'constant musical companions' in interpretations of uncommon freshness and spontaneity.
Beethoven from the Elias Quartet, Mendelssohn from Anima Eterna Brugge, a friends-and-family affair from Mischa Maisky, and a fascinating collection of chamber works from the Russian-British composer Alissa Firsova.
Rossini's Babylonian opera presented uncut and on period instruments, plus new releases from Cecilia Bartoli, Joyce DiDonato, Stuart Skelton and Barbara Hannigan.
The Swedish conductor talks to David about his new recording of Stenhammar's mighty Second Symphony with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.
Chris introduces this month's selection, with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's centenary tribute to their former Honorary President Leonard Bernstein taking pride of place as Recording of the Month.
The final contenders in each of the ten genres were revealed this morning…
James listens to energetic, vital accounts of Haydn's two cello concertos from Alisa Weilerstein, coupled with an expressively radiant performance of Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht.
Penderecki from Anne-Sophie Mutter, Bernstein from Antonio Pappano, Mozart from Daniel Barenboim and friends/family, plus the first commercial recording of an English Romantic opera conducted by Richard Bonynge.
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.
The pianist talks to David about his recently-completed set of sonatas by the great Central European composer.