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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The young Welsh soprano’s debut solo album, Eternal Light, features music by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Arne, Pergolesi and Hildegard von Bingen.
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’.
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’.
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.
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.
The great Soviet and Russian cellist and conductor has died aged 80.
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.
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.