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 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - January 2021 Choices

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine introduces this month's Choices, with Daniil Trifonov's Silver Age striking gold as Recording of the Month...

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - December 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for December, with Mark Simpson's Geysir and Mozart's Gran Partita on Orchid Classics in first place...

 Recording of the Week, Verklärte Nacht from Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

by Katherine Cooper

Schoenberg's masterpiece is framed by works for voice and orchestra (also on the theme of 'transfigured night') by Franz Lehár, Oskar Fried, and Erich Korngold.

 Interview, Neal Davies on Vaughan Williams

by Katherine Cooper

The Welsh bass-baritone talks to Katherine about recording the Songs of Travel with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé, in orchestrations by the composer and his assistant Roy Douglas.

 Obituary, 2020 Goodbyes

by Chris O'Reilly

A short video tribute remembering some of the musicians who died during 2020.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - December 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Richard Bonynge's complete ballet recordings on Decca, Mozart operas from Sir Charles Mackerras, and a comprehensive anthology of harp concertos on Brilliant Classics.

 Obituary, Ivry Gitlis (1922-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The Israeli violinist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, who founded a pioneering festival in the South of France and collaborated with musicians ranging from Jascha Heifetz to The Rolling Stones, has died aged 98.

 Recording of the Week, Presto Personal Favourites from 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Recordings from the Emerson Quartet, Paavo Järvi and Paul Wee feature among the editorial team's individual picks of the year.

 Coming Soon, Donizetti's Il Paria and other forthcoming highlights

by Katherine Cooper

Donizetti's 1829 opera about religious intolerance gets a rare outing under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, plus French piano duets from Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne, Beethoven from René Jacobs, and Josquin from Stile Antico.

 Interview, Paavo Järvi on Franz Schmidt and Tchaikovsky

by Katherine Cooper

The Estonian conductor talks to Katherine about falling in love with the music of Franz Schmidt, and how Leonard Bernstein reignited his passion for the Tchaikovsky symphonies.

 Favourites, Shelf Discovery: Tasmin Little

by Paul Thomas

In the fifth instalment of our new series, Paul revisits some favourite recordings by the English violinist as she prepares to hang up her bow for good...

 Recording of the Week, Vivaldi's Argippo from Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante

by Katherine Cooper

Emőke Baráth and Delphine Galou head a small-but-perfectly-formed cast in Vivaldi’s pasticcio from the early 1730s, which also features arias by Galeazzi, Pescetti, Hasse, Porpora, Fiorè and Vinci.

 New Release Round-up, Ones that got away - Autumn/Winter 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

A selection of our best-selling titles from autumn and winter, from artists including the late Mariss Jansons, Herbert Blomstedt, Christian Thielemann, and the Choir of King's College Cambridge.

 Interview, Errollyn Wallen's Peace on Earth

by David Smith

The composer talks to David about her recently-released EP of three choral works, recorded with the Choir of King's College Cambridge under the late Stephen Cleobury.

 Interview, Daniel Lozakovich on Beethoven

by David Smith

The violinist talks about his new recording of Beethoven's Violin Concerto, and discusses some of the influences on himself as a musician.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 10: Across the Pond with David Hurwitz

by Paul Thomas

In the final Podcast of 2020 Paul and American writer, YouTuber and hilarious classical commentator David Hurwitz exchange music from each other's nations that has made an impact on them.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - Christmas 2020 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's Choices, headed by a tribute to the late Sir John Tavener from Steven Isserlis and friends on Hyperion.

 Recording of the Week, Saint-Saëns from Renaud Capuçon, Edgar Moreau and Bertrand Chamayou

by Katherine Cooper

The French triumvirate pays early tribute to the centenary of the composer's death with lucid, affectionate accounts of the Violin Sonata No. 1, Cello Sonata No. 1, and Piano Trio No. 2.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 11th December 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Beethoven from Emmanuel Pahud, Daniel Barenboim and friends, Gombert masses from Beauty Farm, ‘Songs of Comfort and Joy’ from Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott, and two Mosolov world premiere recordings.

 Awards, Recordings of the Year 2020 - Our Top 10

by Katherine Cooper

The winners revealed - ten fantastic recordings which really stood out from the crowd for us over the past twelve months...