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Latest News: Classical

  • New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 15th March 2024

    by Katherine Cooper

    Tchaikovsky from Alpesh Chauhan & the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven from Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax & Leonidas Kavakos, Strauss & Mahler from Rafael Payare in Montreal, and a nocturnal recital from Elīna Garanča & friends.

  • Recollections, From The Lone Ranger to Rigoletto

    In the fifth instalment of our Recollections series, Richard Inverne recounts how impersonating the masked hero to the strains of Rossini’s William Tell Overture as a toddler paved the way to falling in love with bel canto, Verdi, Puccini and more...

  • Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - March 2024

    by Chris O'Reilly

    Chris introduces this month's Choices, headed by a live recording of Janáček's Katya Kabanova from Simon Rattle, the London Symphony Orchestra and a cast headed by American soprano Amanda Majeski as a Katya of 'harrowing immediacy'.

  • Composer Guides, Hugo Wolf

    by David Smith

    A selection of some of the best recordings of music by the arch-Romantic Lieder composer - best known for his intense, harmonically adventurous Mörike-Lieder, Italienisches Liederbuch and Spanisches Liederbuch.

  • Interview, Richard Baker on The Tyranny of Fun

    by David Smith

    The composer talks about his new album of ensemble and choral works with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, out on March 15th on NMC Records.

  • Interview, Sebastian Studnitzky on 'Memento Odesa'

    by David Smith

    The trumpeter and composer talks about his new EP of works recorded in the Ukrainian city of Odesa, in collaboration with the city's symphony orchestra and its conductor Volodymyr Dikiy.

  • Recording of the Week, Orchestral Works by Dorothy Howell

    by Katherine Cooper

    Rebecca Miller conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra in world premiere recordings of the Humoresque, The Rock, the Three Divertissements and Koong Shee plus a terrific account of Lamia - the Keats-inspired tone-poem which made the 21-year-old composer an overnight success after its Proms premiere in 1919.

  • New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 8th March 2024

    by Katherine Cooper

    Chopin and Beethoven from Beatrice Rana, Stravinsky and Debussy from Klaus Mäkelä & the Orchestre de Paris, Marian music from Andreas Scholl & Accademia Bizantina, and Wagner transcriptions from Nikolai Lugansky.

  • Announcement, Try our new Download Manager

    by Chris O'Reilly

    Find out more about our new Download Manager, offering a quicker, smoother and customisable way to manage your download purchases.

  • Interview, Michael Barenboim on Elgar and more

    by Katherine Cooper

    The violinist discusses his recent recording of the Elgar concerto, his work as Dean of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, switching between violin and viola - and family values.

  • Announcement, Our streaming service turns one!

    by Katie King

    To celebrate the one-year anniversary of our streaming service, we are giving you the chance to win a year's free subscription.

  • Interview, Daniel Hope on Dance!

    by Katherine Cooper

    The violinist discusses his new project exploring 'the stories behind why people have felt the need to move to music through the ages', including music by Conforto, Piazzólla, Florence Price and Bartók.

  • Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - February 2024

    by Chris O'Reilly

    Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for February, with Théotime Langlois de Swarte's 'compelling' album of Vivaldi concertos and transcriptions with Le Consort on Harmonia Mundi in first place...

  • Composer Guides, Bedřich Smetana

    by David Smith

    A selection of some of the best recordings of music by the great Czech Romantic composer - best known for his stirring pictorial tone poem Má vlast and opera The Bartered Bride.

  • Recording of the Week, In The Shadows with Michael Spyres

    by Katherine Cooper

    The American singer teams up with Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset to explore some of the operas which influenced Wagner - including works by Méhul, Beethoven, Meyerbeer and Spontini.

  • Annual Events, St David's Day - Music from Wales

    by David Smith

    A selection of music from Wales - Welsh and English songs for voice and piano, orchestral works, choral music and more.

  • New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 1st March 2024

    by Katherine Cooper

    Smetana's Má Vlast from Semyon Bychkov & the Czech Philharmonic, a live recording of Wagner's Parsifal from Vienna (starring Jonas Kaufmann, Elīna Garanča & Ludovic Tézier), Saint-Saëns from Lang Lang, and Donizetti's L'esule di Roma from Carlo Rizzi on Opera Rara.

  • Recollections, The Unsung Composers of the Golden Age of Hollywood

    In the fourth instalment of our Recollections series, Briana Hilton delves into the legacies of three giants of film music: Max Steiner, Franz Waxman and Bernard Herrmann.

  • Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - February 2024

    by Chris O'Reilly

    This month's heavyweights include Copland's collected recordings of his own works on Columbia, an anthology of Nordic symphonies, Gianandrea Noseda's Beethoven cycle with the National Symphony Orchestra, and a celebration of John Williams released by Universal Music France.

  • Interview, Bartók, Janáček and Szymanowski from Piotr Anderszewski

    by David Smith

    The pianist talks about his new album of piano works from Central Europe, featuring Bartók Bagatelles, the second book of Janáček's On an Overgrown Path and Szymanowski Mazurkas.