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 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 2021'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, The 2010s: 25 Great Recordings

by Chris O'Reilly

The sixth instalment of a series where the editorial team choose our must-have recordings of each decade - see what made our top 25 for the 2010s.

 Favourites, The 2000s: 25 Great Recordings

by Chris O'Reilly

The fifth instalment of a series where the editorial team choose our must-have recordings of each decade - see what made our top 25 for the 2000s.

 Favourites, The 1990s: 25 Great Recordings

by Chris O'Reilly

The fourth instalment of a series where the editorial team choose our must-have recordings of each decade - see what made our top 25 for the 1990s.

 Favourites, Shelf Discovery: Michala Petri

by Paul Thomas

In the seventh instalment of our occasional series, Paul reflects on the Danish recorder-player's eclectic discography, from Bach and Handel with Keith Jarrett to commissions from Fabrice Bollon and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen...

 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.