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 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - July 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, with an ingenious exploration of the young Mozart's visit to London in the top spot as Recording of the Month.

 Obituary, Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018)

by Chris O'Reilly

The Russian conductor has died aged 87.

 Recording of the Week, Haydn's 'Lamentatione' from Giovanni Antonini

by Katherine Cooper

The Milanese conductor continues his mammoth survey of Haydn's complete symphonies with the 'Lamentatione' and 'Alleluia', performed by the Kammerorchester Basel.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 15th June 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Beethoven from Cuarteto Casals, Stravinsky from the LSO Chamber Ensemble, a Verdi rarity from La Scala, and a centenary documentary on the great Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson.

 Coming Soon, Barrie Kosky's Meistersinger and other forthcoming highlights

by Katherine Cooper

The Australian director’s thoughtful new production from the 2017 Bayreuth Festival, plus Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s La clemenza di Tito (starring Marina Rebeka, Joyce DiDonato and Rolando Villazón), and a dream of an English song programme from Dame Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - July 2018 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, the Silesian Quartet, and Emmanuel Pahud.

 Interview, Owain Park on English Motets

by David Smith

Conductor Owain Park talks to David about his recent album of English Tudor gems with the Gesualdo Six.

 Recording of the Week, Francesco Piemontesi performs piano music by Franz Liszt

by James Longstaffe

James listens to a turbulent account of the Première année in Liszt's piano cycle Années de pèlerinage from Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 8th June 2018

by Katherine Cooper

Dohnányi from the Nash Ensemble, Charpentier from Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen, Handel (and possibly others!) from The Brook Street Band, and jazz standards from Thomas Quasthoff.

 Interview, Alec Frank-Gemmill on Before Mozart

by David Smith

Horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill talks to David about his recent album exploring some gems from the early horn repertoire.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - June 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

A collection of RCA Victor and Columbia recordings celebrating Bernstein the pianist, Beethoven cycles from Philippe Herreweghe and Quartetto di Cremona, and boxes devoted to Tchaikovsky, Gounod and Reger.

 Interview, Federico Colli on Domenico Scarlatti

by Katherine Cooper

The Italian pianist talks to Katherine about The Power of Illusion, the first instalment of his projected survey of the Neapolitan composer's keyboard sonatas.

 Recording of the Week, Xiayin Wang performs piano concertos by Ginastera

by James Longstaffe

Chandos's survey of Ginastera's orchestral music concludes with the Piano Concerto No. 1 and other works performed by pianist Xiayin Wang and the BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 1st June 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Elgar from Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Das Rheingold from Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé, La clemenza di Tito from last summer’s Glyndebourne Festival, and a dream-inspired recital from Stephen Hough.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - May 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for May, with Keith Warner's 2017 Covent Garden production of Otello (starring Jonas Kaufmann in the title-role) in the lead...

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

by Katherine Cooper

Britten and Pears from the BBC archives, a atmospheric Roussel triptych from the BBC Philharmonic and Yan Pascal Tortelier, and a fascinating pairing of two Finnish violin concertos.

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - May 2018

by David Smith

Includes new releases from Ádám Fischer, Nigel Kennedy, the Latvian Radio Choir, and Federico Colli - plus reissues of classic recordings from Claudio Abbado, Leonard Rose and Herbert von Karajan.

 Interview, Paweł Łukaszewski on Daylight Declines

by David Smith

The eminent Polish composer talks to David about Tenebrae's forthcoming album featuring a selection of his sacred choral compositions.

 Recording of the Week, Philippe Jaroussky sings Gluck's Orfeo

by Katherine Cooper

The French countertenor placates the Furies with singing of celestial purity on this world premiere recording of the 1774 Neapolitan version of Gluck's most popular opera.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 25th May 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

New recordings from artists including Jakub Hrůša, Jean-Guihen Queyras, and Jacques Imbrailo & Alasdair Hogarth, plus a ravishing Rameau rarity from György Vashegyi.