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 Interview, Pierre-Laurent Aimard on Messiaen's birds

by Katherine Cooper

The French pianist talks to Katherine about his relationship with Catalogue d'oiseaux, which he recently recorded for Pentatone.

 Coming Soon, Brett Dean's Hamlet and other forthcoming highlights

by Chris O'Reilly

The world premiere of the Australian composer’s spellbinding new Shakespearian opera, filmed at Glyndebourne last summer with Allan Clayton in the title-role, plus new releases from Joshua Bell, Steven Osborne and Cuarteto Casals.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - June 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Three delightful early nineteenth-century clarinet concertos (directed by the soloist) are top of the pile this month, with other featured artists including Trio Wanderer, Alfred Brendel, and Marc-André Hamelin.

 Recording of the Week, String Quartets by Debussy and Ravel from the Jerusalem Quartet

by James Longstaffe

The Jerusalem Quartet offer masterfully controlled and impressively dynamic accounts of the String Quartets by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 18th May 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Schubert from Isabelle Faust and friends, Wolf-Ferrari from Vasily Petrenko, and Vaughan Williams from The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - June 2018 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from Rachel Podger, the Gabrieli Consort, Fretwork, and Stéphane Degout and Pygmalion.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - May 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

A centenary celebration of Birgit Nilsson, two sixtieth-birthday collections from Harmonia Mundi, a budget box of Massenet operas, and an anthology of early performances of Debussy.

 Interview, Eldbjørg Hemsing on Borgström's Violin Concerto

by Katherine Cooper

The Norwegian violinist talks to Katherine about recording a little-known work by her compatriot Hjalmar Borgström (1864-1925), a music-critic and part-time composer whose influences included Busoni and Wagner.

 Recording of the Week, Otello from the Royal Opera House, starring Jonas Kaufmann

by Katherine Cooper

The German tenor sings his first 'Lion of Venice' in Keith Warner's 2017 production, opposite Marco Vratogna and Maria Agresta.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 11th May 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

New recordings from artists including Ádám Fischer, Sophie Pacini, Boris Giltburg, and Fabio Bonizzoni.

 Coming Soon, Francesco Piemontesi's Liszt and other forthcoming highlights

by Chris O'Reilly

The Swiss pianist embarks on the first of Liszt's 'Years of Pilgrimage', Thomas Quasthoff teams up with a big band for his second jazz album, and Philippe Jaroussky goes to hell and back.

 Interview, Pavel Kolesnikov on Couperin

by Katherine Cooper

The Russian pianist talks to Katherine about recording Dances from the Bauyn Manuscript.

 Presto CD, Presto CD - 20 new DG Archiv titles

by Chris O'Reilly

Recordings by Trevor Pinnock, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Kenneth Gilbert and Robert Levin feature in the latest batch of Presto CDs.

 Recording of the Week, Federico Colli plays Domenico Scarlatti

by Katherine Cooper

The Leeds International Piano Competition winner makes his debut on Chandos with a bold, inquisitive recital of the Neapolitan composer's keyboard sonatas.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 4th May 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Haydn from Trio Wanderer, Bach and Telemann from Christoph Prégardien (who's dipping a toe into baritone waters), and a previously-unreleased Schubert compilation from Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears.

 Interview, Andreas Haefliger on Perspectives

by Katherine Cooper

The German-born Swiss pianist talks to Katherine about his long-term project (now on its seventh instalment) exploring connections between Beethoven's piano sonatas and other works.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - May 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

One of two recent recordings of the Bartók violin concertos takes pride of place this month, with mentions in despatches for artists including Rachel Podger, Paul Lewis, Julien Brocal, and the Elias Quartet.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - April 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Introducing our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for April, with Rachel Podger's refreshing chamber accounts of The Four Seasons with her hand-picked ensemble Brecon Baroque out in front...

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

by Katherine Cooper

Sandrine Piau and Nicholas Phan shine in evocative recitals featuring Verlaine settings, a recent Gounod discovery showcases one of the most promising young tenors around, and the Silesian Quartet continue to fly the flag for Grażyna Bacewicz.

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - April 2018

by David Smith

Includes new releases from Denis Kozhukhin, Andreas Haefliger and Paul Lewis, a long-forgotten Norwegian violin concerto from Eldbjørg Hemsing, and reissues of Bernstein conducting Liszt, Barber and Hindemith.