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Sony Classical is the successor to the Columbia and CBS Masterworks labels, assuming its new identity after the purchase of CBS Records by Sony Corporation. The company and its catalogue are over a century old, though their modern history dates from their acquisition in 1938 by the Columbia Broadcasting System. Under the innovative direction of Goddard Lieberson, who headed the label's Artists and Repertoire division, Columbia Records quickly became an industry leader both in the depth and breadth of its catalogue and in technological innovation, from the advent of long-playing records to the dawn of the digital age.

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 Interview, Jonathan Sells on Christmas in Leipzig

Jonathan Sells, artistic director of the British early music ensemble Solomon's Knot, talks to David about their début recording, featuring three consecutive musical directors at the Leipzig Thomaskirche - Johann Schelle, Johann Kuhnau and, of course, Johann Sebastian Bach.

 Recording of the Week, Jonas Kaufmann in Vienna

The German tenor sings the praises of the Austrian capital in a sumptuously-performed collection of operetta favourites and popular songs with a sting in its tail.

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