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 Recording of the Week, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project

by Chris O'Reilly

The latest product of the Chinese-American cellist’s East-meets-West project includes music by Bloch, Lou Harrison, Prokofiev and Mongolian composer Byambasuren Sharav.

 Recording of the Week, Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel

by Chris O'Reilly

In response to its frequent use in television and film, Chris ponders the Estonian composer’s 1978 composition ‘mirror/s in the mirror’ and alights upon a favourite recording.

 Recording of the Week, Undeservedly neglected music - John Marsh and Juan de Araujo

by Chris O'Reilly

Ex Cathedra explore the rich legacy of a sixteenth-century Spanish composer who spent much of his career in South America, whilst the London Mozart Players focus on the music of an English lawyer who was also one of the most prolific English composers of the eighteenth century.

 Recording of the Week, Francis Xavier and Jordi Savall

by Chris O'Reilly

The viol player, conductor and musicologist pays homage to the sixteenth-century saint and Catholic missionary, who was a co-founder of the Jesuit Order.

 Awards, Discs of the Year

by Chris O'Reilly

 Obituary, Stockhausen

by Chris O'Reilly

 Coming Soon, Christmas music worth hearing

by Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, The forgotten Maria

by Chris O'Reilly

Cecilia Bartoli explores the legacy of the nineteenth-century Spanish mezzo Maria Malibran, who created the title-role in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda and was particularly associated with the heroines of Rossini.

 Recording of the Week, Bach B minor Mass from Suzuki

by Chris O'Reilly

Part-way through his cycle of the complete sacred cantatas, the Japanese conductor and Bach Collegium Japan pause to tackle one of the composer’s large-scale choral masterpieces.

 Recording of the Week, New Mahler 8 from Pierre Boulez

by Chris O'Reilly

A ‘challenging and enlightening’ account of the ‘Symphony of a Thousand’. with the Staatskapelle Berlin and soloists including Erin Wall, Johan Botha and Robert Holl.

 Awards, Julia Fischer and the Gramophone Awards

by Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Mozart - Don Giovanni from René Jacobs

by Chris O'Reilly

The final instalment of the Belgian conductor’s ‘refreshing and intelligent’ Mozart-Da Ponte cycle has Chris questioning his preconceptions about the eponymous libertine, sung here by 27-year-old Johannes Weisser.

 Recording of the Week, Natalie Clein and the Elgar Cello Concerto

by Chris O'Reilly

The 1994 BBC Young Musician of the Year records the concerto which propelled her to victory with Vernon Handley and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

 Recording of the Week, Joshua Bell

by Chris O'Reilly

Following his recent performance at the Last night of the Proms, the American violinist gives the world premiere recording of John Corigliano’s ‘Red Violin’ Concerto, composed for the 1998 film of the same name.

 Obituary, Luciano Pavarotti

by Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Kate Royal

by Chris O'Reilly

The English soprano’s debut album on EMI includes songs by Strauss, Rodrigo, Granados and Canteloube, plus extracts from works by Ravel, Stravinsky and Debussy.

 Awards, Gramophone Awards - finalists revealed

by Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Exciting new baroque rediscovery - Conti's David

by Chris O'Reilly

Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco record the Italian baroque composer’s ‘azione sacra’ (which predates Handel’s Saul by 15 years), with contralto Marjana Mijanovic as the eponymous hero and Furio Zanasi as Goliath.

 Recording of the Week, Haydn - the most underrated great composer

by Chris O'Reilly

An ‘uplifting, overwhelming, charming and comforting’ account of Haydn’s most popular oratorio, sung in a new English adaptation, with soloists including Miah Persson and Mark Padmore.

 Recording of the Week, Elin Manahan Thomas

by Chris O'Reilly

The young Welsh soprano’s debut solo album, Eternal Light, features music by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Arne, Pergolesi and Hildegard von Bingen.