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 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.

 Recording of the Week, Padmore and Bostridge sing Handel

by Chris O'Reilly

Two leading English tenors tackle opera and oratorio arias, including Jupiter’s ‘Where’er you walk’ from Semele, Jephtha’s ‘Waft her, angels’, and Samson’s ‘Total eclipse’.

 Recording of the Week, Elgar's Enigma Variations

by Chris O'Reilly

Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra mark the 150th anniversary of the English composer’s birth with a marvellous new live recording of his tribute to ‘my friends pictured within’.

 Recording of the Week, Debussy's new champion

by Chris O'Reilly

The French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet begins a new Debussy cycle with arresting performances of the Préludes and Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon.

 Recording of the Week, Schütz's Legacy

by Chris O'Reilly

Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent performed the German baroque master’s ‘Opus ultimum’, a series of eleven motets for double choir setting Psalm 119.

 Obituary, Mstislav Rostropovich

by Chris O'Reilly

The great Soviet and Russian cellist and conductor has died aged 80.

 Awards, BBC Music Magazine Awards

by Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Harpsichord or Piano?

by Chris O'Reilly

In the wake of French pianist Alexandre Tharaud’s superb recent album of Couperin, Tic Toc Choc, Chris considers the implications of performing baroque keyboard music on a modern piano.

 Recording of the Week, Strauss's Four Last Songs

by Chris O'Reilly

A new recording of Strauss’s late reflections on mortality from EMI’s new signing, Swedish dramatic soprano Nina Stemme, stands comparison with the very best.