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A Winterreise with a twist, a voluptuous tour of fin de siècle Vienna with Barbara Hannigan, and a fascinating collection of orchestral music by the British twentieth-century composer Ruth Gipps.
An irresistible collection of evergreens from a veteran baritone, Mendelssohn from the cutting-room floor, and two rare sets of incidental music by Fauré feature among this month’s favourites.
A nocturnal English song recital from Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton, a compelling new opera from an octogenarian composer, and a bracing Alpine adventure from Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Revelatory Debussy from Alexander Melnikov, a Mahlerian Midsummer Night’s Dream from Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and another nocturnal box of delights from Stephen Hough.
Britten and Pears from the BBC archives, a atmospheric Roussel triptych from the BBC Philharmonic and Yan Pascal Tortelier, and a fascinating pairing of two Finnish violin concertos.
Sandrine Piau and Nicholas Phan shine in evocative recitals featuring Verlaine settings, a recent Gounod discovery showcases one of the most promising young tenors around, and the Silesian Quartet continue to fly the flag for Grażyna Bacewicz.
A spellbinding journey to hell and back in the company of Stéphane Degout and Raphaël Pichon, an absorbing snapshot of Brian Ferneyhough’s career, and a slimmed-down Werther from Zurich…
Katherine's February favourites include lithe Brahms from Adam Laloum, a compelling collection of Medtner's songs from Iain Burnside and friends, and an arresting recording debut from the young cellist Kian Soltani.
Katherine's personal highlights of the month include music by Gounod, Martinů and Copland, plus a star turn from Joyce DiDonato gamely sending herself up in Jake Heggie's new opera about an American diva resurrecting a bel canto rarity.
Music by Marais, Pixis and Obrecht are among this month's favourites, plus an outstanding Debussy recital from the young South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho.
Katherine's picks of the month include a rare outing for a surreal 'tango-opera' by Piazzólla, a Mahler Five that's red in tooth and claw, and an outstanding recital from French soprano Sabine Devieilhe.
Katherine's picks of the month include a treasure-trove of English part-song, an unconventional tribute to Fritz Wunderlich, and an urgent, persuasive new production of one of the greatest of all bel canto operas.
Sibelius piano works, an operatic homage to Cleopatra, and consort music by Christopher Tye are firm fixtures on Katherine's playlist this month.
Semyon Bychkov's persuasive reading of Tchaikovsky's Manfred is among Katherine's favourites of the month, alongside a long-forgotten Shakespearian opera by one of Verdi's early champions.
A moving and memorable Mahler triptych from a great British mezzo is among Katherine's flavours of the month…
A Russian operatic recital, a virtual visit to Glyndebourne, and a raucous night at the pub (seventeenth-century style) are among Katherine's June highlights…
A Brahmsian match made in heaven and a commanding recital with orchestra from a prolific young British soprano are among this month's stand-outs.
Schumann from Matthias Goerne, Brahms from Arcadi Volodos and Richard Strauss from Munich are among this month's highlights.