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Latest News: Classical, Recording of the Week

 Recording of the Week, Sean Shibe plays Bach Lute Suites

by David Smith

The award-winning young Scottish guitarist's third solo album on Delphian sees him turn to the music of JS Bach, with a highly varied triple-bill of suites for solo lute.

 Recording of the Week, Vincerò! Piotr Beczała sings Verismo

by Katherine Cooper

The Polish tenor is at the top of his considerable game in arias by Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Cilea and Giordano.

 Recording of the Week, Grigory Sokolov performs music by Beethoven, Brahms, & Mozart

by James Longstaffe

The Russian pianist presents a collection of sublime performances of music by Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart, recorded live at recitals across Europe in 2019.

 Recording of the Week, Howells from David Hill and the Bach Choir

by David Smith

David Hill leads the Bach Choir and BBC Concert Orchestra in a masterful new recording of Howells's monumental Missa Sabrinensis - a rarely-heard masterpiece ripe for revival.

 Recording of the Week, Nuits from Véronique Gens and I Giardini

by Katherine Cooper

The French soprano explores the themes of night and dreams on this beguiling programme of mélodies from the Belle Époque, given here in atmospheric new arrangements for voice and piano quintet by Alexandre Dratwicki.

 Recording of the Week, François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles perform Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

by James Longstaffe

The French conductor and ensemble return to the music of Ravel, with his orchestration of Mussorgsky's piano suite alongside a dazzling performance of La Valse.

 Recording of the Week, Purcell's Fairy Queen from Paul McCreesh and Gabrieli

by David Smith

A glorious return to the Restoration stage, with a semi-opera if anything even more vivid than King Arthur - featuring a cast of gods, fairies, peasants, poets and... monkeys?

 Recording of the Week, Korngold's Violin Concerto from John Wilson, Andrew Haveron and the RTE Concert Orchestra

by Katherine Cooper

A bracing, unsentimentalised take on the composer's most popular work, plus an exuberant account of the youthful String Sextet from the Sinfonia of London Chamber Ensemble.

 Recording of the Week, Víkingur Ólafsson performs piano music by Debussy and Rameau

by James Longstaffe

The Icelandic pianist releases his third album on Deutsche Grammophon: an exquisitely-performed programme of music by Debussy and Rameau.

 Recording of the Week, Beethoven from Chen Reiss and Matthias Goerne

by Katherine Cooper

The Israeli soprano is sparkling and technically fearless in a programme of arias with the Academy of Ancient Music, whilst Goerne's song-recital with Jan Lisiecki is an altogether darker affair.

 Recording of the Week, Three world premiere recordings of works by Erkki-Sven Tüür

by David Smith

Paavo Järvi conducts the Estonian Festival Orchestra in three works by his long-time friend and musical collaborator Erkki-Sven Tüür - the 'Mythos' symphony, 'Incantation of Tempest' and 'Sow the Wind...'

 Recording of the Week, Two world premiere recordings of music by Thomas Adès

by James Longstaffe

Thomas Adès conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in performances of two of his own works: the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, and Totentanz.

 Recording of the Week, John Eliot Gardiner concludes his cycle of Schumann symphonies with the LSO

by James Longstaffe

With sparkling, joyous performances of the Spring and Rhenish symphonies, John Eliot Gardiner and the LSO bring their Schumann cycle to an exuberant conclusion.

 Recording of the Week, Charles Hubert Parry's Judith from William Vann and the London Mozart Players

by Katherine Cooper

Parry’s 1888 oratorio on the Apocryphal tale of an avenging Jewish widow emerges as a worthy successor to Mendelssohn’s Elijah in this gripping world premiere recording with Sarah Fox, Kathryn Rudge and Toby Spence.

 Recording of the Week, Paavo Järvi conducts orchestral works by Bartók

by James Longstaffe

The NHK Symphony Orchestra and Paavo Järvi perform a trio of works by Bartók: Divertimento for String Orchestra, Dance Suite, and Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta.

 Recording of the Week, Cherubini from Riccardo Chailly and Filarmonica della Scala

by Katherine Cooper

The Italian conductor and orchestra present nine world premiere recordings of occasional marches alongside energetic accounts of the Overture in G minor and Symphony.

 Recording of the Week, Handel's Agrippina starring Joyce DiDonato

by Katherine Cooper

The American mezzo sings the title role of the scheming Roman matriarch in a starrily-cast recording of Handel's early opera with Il Pomo d'Oro, conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev.

 Recording of the Week, Liszt’s Dante Symphony plus a world-premiere recording from Kirill Karabits

by James Longstaffe

Kirill Karabits conducts the Staatskapelle Weimar in orchestral works by Liszt, including the world-premiere recording of the Künstlerfestzug zur Schillerfeier.

 Recording of the Week, Charpentier from Vox Luminis, A Nocte Temporis and Reinoud Van Mechelen

by Katherine Cooper

The two Belgian early music ensembles pool their resources for two very different works depicting Orpheus's descent to the underworld, with Van Mechelen on outstanding form as the intrepid hero in each case.

 Recording of the Week, Vaughan Williams Symphonies from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

by David Smith

Martyn Brabbins continues his Vaughan Williams cycle with the sharply-contrasted Third and Fourth symphonies, as well as the première of a newly-restored work for tenor, chorus and orchestra.

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