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Latest News: Classical, Recording of the Week

 Recording of the Week, Kodály and Dvořák from Barnabás Kelemen, Nicolas Altstaedt, and Alexander Lonquich

by Katherine Cooper

The violinist and cellist display a truly remarkable synergy in Kodály's Duo from 1914, whilst all three musicians capture the 'Dumky' Trio's rapid shifts between melancholy and boisterousness to perfection.

 Recording of the Week, Debussy from Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich and friends

by David Smith

Daniel and Michael Barenboim, Martha Argerich and Kian Soltani join forces for an all-Debussy programme, including the rarely-performed early Fantaisie for piano and orchestra.

 Recording of the Week, András Schiff performs piano concertos by Brahms

by James Longstaffe

The Hungarian-born pianist is joined by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for a recording of Brahms's two piano concertos that strips away performance traditions to present refreshingly original accounts of both works, full of detail and character.

 Recording of the Week, American Quintets from the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective

by Katherine Cooper

An arresting debut album from the shape-shifting ensemble features piano quintets by Amy Beach and Florence Price, plus Samuel Barber's Dover Beach with bass Matthew Rose in superb voice.

 Recording of the Week, Vasily Petrenko conducts Russian and Austrian symphonies and orchestral works

by James Longstaffe

A double bill from the Russian-British conductor, with the Oslo Philharmonic performing symphonies by Prokofiev and Myaskovsky, and tone poems by Zemlinsky and Schreker with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

 Recording of the Week, Handel's Rodelinda from Harry Bicket and The English Concert

by Katherine Cooper

Social distancing is no barrier to superb ensemble-playing on this terrific new recording of Handel's 1725 opera, with Lucy Crowe in the title-role and Iestyn Davies as her estranged husband Bertarido.

 Recording of the Week, Ombra Compagna from Lisette Oropesa

by Katherine Cooper

The Cuban-American soprano delivers drama and delicacy in equal measure on this collection of Mozart concert arias, with Il Pomo d'Oro on scintillating form under Antonello Manacorda.

 Recording of the Week, Alina Ibragimova performs Paganini's Caprices

by David Smith

The violinist releases the results of a uniquely ambitious "lockdown project" – a barnstorming new account of Paganini's fiendish Caprices, recorded in the late spring of 2020.

 Recording of the Week, François-Xavier Roth conducts Beethoven's Eroica Symphony

by James Longstaffe

Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth return to the music of Beethoven with a dramatic, illuminating account of the Third Symphony, coupled with an energetic performance of an overture by Méhul.

 Recording of the Week, Vaughan Williams from Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra

by David Smith

Pappano takes on perhaps Vaughan Williams's two most challenging symphonies, in live recordings given a heightened emotional intensity by the circumstances of their performance.

 Recording of the Week, Stravinsky & Eötvös from Pablo Heras-Casado and the Orchestre de Paris

by Katherine Cooper

The Spanish conductor delivers a very Gallic Rite of Spring, whilst Isabelle Faust is bewitched and bewitching on the world premiere recording of Péter Eötvös's 'Alhambra' Concerto.

 Recording of the Week, Lise Davidsen in Beethoven, Wagner and Verdi

by Katherine Cooper

The powerhouse Norwegian soprano is in expansive, radiant voice for Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder and arias from Fidelio, Otello, La forza del destino, Medea, and Cavalleria rusticana with Sir Mark Elder and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

 Recording of the Week, A Mozart postscript from Rachel Podger

by David Smith

Rachel Podger and Christopher Glynn bring to life a selection of musicologist Timothy Jones’s thoughtful completions of fragmentary Mozart works, offering a variety of plausible perspectives on what might have been.

 Recording of the Week, Strauss Lieder from Sandrine Piau and Daniel Behle

by Katherine Cooper

The French soprano brings an uncommon freshness and flexibility to the Four Last Songs with the Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté, whilst Behle and his regular recital-partner Oliver Schnyder revel in the composer's coruscating attack on publishers in the rarely-recorded Der Krämerspiegel.

 Recording of the Week, French Piano Duets from Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne

by Katherine Cooper

In a true meeting of musical minds, the two superb pianists team up once again for a delectable programme of miniatures by Fauré, Poulenc, Stravinsky, Debussy and Ravel.

 Recording of the Week, Osmo Vänskä conducts Mahler's Tenth Symphony

by James Longstaffe

The Minnesota Orchestra and their Music Director give a tumultuous, emotional account of Mahler's final, unfinished symphony, in the performing version by Deryck Cooke.

 Recording of the Week, Biber's Requiem from Vox Luminis

by David Smith

Lionel Meunier's ensemble explore a time of religious and musical flux in Europe, with an album centred around Heinrich Biber's Requiem and less-heard works by his contemporaries.

 Recording of the Week, Ludovic Tézier sings Verdi

by Katherine Cooper

The French baritone is on spine-tingling form in a high-octane programme of arias from operas including La forza del destino, Otello, Don Carlos, and Falstaff.

 Recording of the Week, Violins of Hope

by Katherine Cooper

Instruments previously owned by Holocaust survivors and restored by the Weinstein family sing with a special power in Schubert, Mendelssohn, and a new work by Jake Heggie which tells their stories.

 Recording of the Week, Andris Nelsons conducts Bruckner's Second and Eighth Symphonies

by James Longstaffe

The Gewandhausorchester and Andris Nelsons continue their Bruckner cycle with sublime, lyrical performances of the Second and Eighth Symphonies.