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 Favourites, Shelf Discovery: Yehudi Menuhin

by Paul Thomas

Taking in his shifting perspectives on works by Bach, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, Paul considers the great violinist's remarkable triple legacy as performer, educator and peacemaker.

 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...

 Favourites, Christmas Releases 2020

by David Smith

Our round-up of this year’s crop of festive recordings – traditional favourites, lesser-known gems of early music, contemporary carols and more intimate solo transcriptions.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Baroque and Early Music fans

by Chris O'Reilly

Books and recordings for lovers of Renaissance and baroque music.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Children (and grandchildren)

by Chris O'Reilly

A selection of recordings and books to introduce children of all ages to the delights of classical music.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Pianists and piano-lovers

by Chris O'Reilly

From 2020's best new recordings and box sets, to informative books and deluxe sheet music, we select our top gifts for piano players and piano lovers alike.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Opera Lovers

by Chris O'Reilly

In the first of our festive gift guides, we've selected some perfect presents for the opera-lover in your life, from the latest recordings to the best books about opera.

 Favourites, Shelf Discovery: Trevor Pinnock

by Paul Thomas

In the fourth instalment of our new series, Paul compares and contrasts the conductor and harpsichordist's two recordings of the Brandenburg Concertos, made twenty-five years apart - one with the English Concert and the other with the European Brandenburg Ensemble.

 Favourites, Shelf Discovery: Dame Janet Baker

by Paul Thomas

In the third instalment of our new series, Paul revisits the great English mezzo's legacy on disc.

 Favourites, Shelf Discovery: Karajan in Vienna

by Paul Thomas

In the second instalment of our new series, Paul revisits the Austrian conductor's discography with the Wiener Philharmoniker, with a particular focus on Bruckner and various Strausses.

 Favourites, Shelf Discovery: Martha Argerich

by Paul Thomas

In the first instalment of a new occasional series comparing early and late-career recordings by the same artist, Paul revisits two landmark albums from the Argentine pianist.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Chamber and Instrumental Music enthusiasts

by Chris O'Reilly

Our top picks for fans of chamber music - including selected recordings, box sets, books and sheet music.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Baroque and Early Music fans

by Chris O'Reilly

Books and recordings for lovers of medieval, Renaissance and baroque music.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Children (and grandchildren)

by Chris O'Reilly

A selection of recordings and books to introduce children of all ages to the delights of classical music.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Pianists and piano fans

by Chris O'Reilly

From 2019's best new recordings and box sets, to informative books, insightful interviews and beautiful sheet music, we select our top gifts for piano players and piano lovers alike.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Exploring classical music's great composers

by Chris O'Reilly

In our next gift guide we recommend new box sets, books and sheet music exploring popular composers as well as those further off the beaten track.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Opera Lovers

by Chris O'Reilly

In the first of our festive gift guides, we've selected some perfect presents for the opera-lover in your life: from the latest recordings to the best books about opera.

 Favourites, Tasmin Little - a personal retrospective

by Katherine Cooper

As the British violinist prepares for retirement from the concert platform, she talks us through some personal highlights from her extensive discography...

 Favourites, Christmas Releases 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Festive albums from artists including Masaaki Suzuki, Rolando Villazón, Daniel Behle, The Sixteen, Apollo’s Fire, and the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.

 Favourites, Leonard Bernstein

by Chris O'Reilly

On the composer's 100th birthday, Chris recommends some favourite recordings of his key works across all genres, from the ever-popular West Side Story to comparative rarities like Trouble in Tahiti and the song-cycles.