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Latest News: Classical, Recording of the Week

 Recording of the Week, Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov from Vasily Petrenko and the Liverpool Philharmonic

by Katherine Cooper

The Russian conductor presides over sparkling, taut accounts of two avian fairy-tales: the complete ballet music for The Firebird and the suite from the posthumously-premiered opera Le Coq d’Or.

 Recording of the Week, François-Xavier Roth conducts orchestral works by Debussy

by James Longstaffe

James listens to a captivating account of three orchestral works by Debussy from François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles, performed on authentic instruments.

 Recording of the Week, 100 Years of Nine Lessons & Carols from King's

by David Smith

David enjoys a retrospective recording from the choir of King's College, looking back on a century of festive music-making and forward to a new era.

 Recording of the Week, Vivaldi from Cecilia Bartoli and Ensemble Matheus

by Katherine Cooper

Nearly twenty years after her landmark album devoted to the operas of the 'Red Priest', the Italian mezzo is as dazzling as ever in arias from works including Orlando furioso, Il Giustino and Ottone in Villa.

 Recording of the Week, Late Debussy sonatas from Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov and friends

by Katherine Cooper

Harmonia Mundi's ten-album series commemorating the centenary of Debussy's death continues with the Violin Sonata, Cello Sonata, and Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp.

 Recording of the Week, John Wilson conducts Copland's Third Symphony and Connotations

by Katherine Cooper

Chandos's superb survey of the American composer's orchestral music with the BBC Philharmonic continues to raise the roof as the Fanfare for the Common Man returns transformed.

 Recording of the Week, Teodor Currentzis conducts Mahler's Sixth Symphony

by James Longstaffe

Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna present an impassioned, highly dramatic account of Mahler's Sixth Symphony.

 Recording of the Week, Requiem: The Pity of War from Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano

by Katherine Cooper

The tenor and pianist join forces for a programme of Butterworth, Rudi Stephan, Kurt Weill and Mahler to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day next month.

 Recording of the Week, Jiří Bělohlávek conducts Martinů's What Men Live By

by Katherine Cooper

The world premiere recording of a 1952 'pastoral opera' based on Tolstoy, captured three years before the Czech conductor's death in 2017.

 Recording of the Week, Daniil Trifonov brings freshness and clarity to Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos

by James Longstaffe

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov brings his customary thoughtfulness and virtuosity to an impressive new account of one of the most familiar of all piano concertos.

 Recording of the Week, A moving recital from Igor Levit with music by Bach, Liszt and Wagner

by Katherine Cooper

Igor Levit explores music of transfiguration and transcendence in his Life Album, an eclectic recital of Bach-via-Busoni and Wagner-via-Liszt.

 Recording of the Week, Masaaki Suzuki completes his Bach cantata cycle

by David Smith

Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium bring their mighty Bach cycle to a close with a pairing of two 'Cantatas of Contentment'.

 Recording of the Week, Scriabin's First and Fifth Symphonies from Vasily Petrenko

by Katherine Cooper

The Russian conductor and the Oslo Philharmonic are joined by pianist Kirill Gerstein for the final instalment of Scriabin's complete symphonies on LAWO.

 Recording of the Week, Simon Rattle and the LSO dazzle in Leonard Bernstein's Wonderful Town

by James Longstaffe

Bernstein's 1953 musical receives a sparkling performance from the London Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle, with a cast led by Danielle de Niese, Alysha Umphress, and Nathan Gunn.

 Recording of the Week, Rossini's Semiramide from Mark Elder

by Katherine Cooper

Rossini's final Italian opera seria receives a taut, compelling reading on period instruments in an interpretation which plays up its baroque pedigree to great effect.

 Recording of the Week, Jiří Bělohlávek conducts Janáček

by Katherine Cooper

Late recordings of the Glagolitic Mass, Taras Bulba, the Sinfonietta and The Fiddler's Child bear witness to the Czech conductor's affinity for his countryman's music.

 Recording of the Week, Bernstein Symphonies from Simon Rattle and Antonio Pappano

by Katherine Cooper

Pianist Krystian Zimerman brings understated affection and Classical clarity to The Age of Anxiety with Rattle, whilst Pappano and his Roman orchestra emphasise the dramatic qualities of all three symphonies.

 Recording of the Week, Yo-Yo Ma records Bach's Cello Suites for the third and final time

by Katherine Cooper

The Chinese-American cellist returns to works which he describes as his 'constant musical companions' in interpretations of uncommon freshness and spontaneity.

 Recording of the Week, Music by Haydn and Schoenberg from cellist Alisa Weilerstein

by James Longstaffe

James listens to energetic, vital accounts of Haydn's two cello concertos from Alisa Weilerstein, coupled with an expressively radiant performance of Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht.

 Recording of the Week, Rachmaninov's Études-tableaux from Steven Osborne

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine is mesmerised by the Scottish pianist’s introspective but evocative accounts of Rachmaninov’s two sets of ‘study-pictures’, out now on Hyperion.