Presto News - 18th August 2014

Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays Book One of JS Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier

Being a bit of an early music aficionado, I'm of the perhaps contentious opinion that Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier represents the absolute pinnacle of keyboard writing. In sheer virtuosity, of course, it doesn't come close to the dizzy heights of Liszt, Alkan, Sorabji et al, and there's nobody like Rachmaninov to conjure up a swelling tide of emotion – but there's something hugely satisfying about the complete set, neither more nor fewer pieces than needed. It gives the sense of a master craftsman summing up everything about his art in one supreme offering that left everyone else struggling to find anything new to say – and it's for this reason, I think, that these two sets of preludes and fugues are rightly considered an acid test for any pianist or keyboard player.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Since the "authentic" movement got underway, it's been interesting to see which artists stick defiantly to the piano for performing Bach – Angela Hewitt notably tending to do so – and which take the more "period" route and use the harpsichord (as for example Masaaki Suzuki). At the risk of tarnishing my early-music credentials I must admit that there's a lot to be said for some piano versions, and Pierre-Laurent Aimard's intelligent, tasteful account of Book One has certainly done a lot to convince me further. Gone are the self-indulgently Romantic airs of, say, Glenn Gould – an unquestionably brilliant interpreter but hardly a "period" one by any means! It's an austere, almost self-effacing performance in which Aimard is ensuring that Bach is the real star. It's also relatively low on overt emotion and rubato – though by no means mechanical or dead, as some easing into cadences (particularly in the D flat major fugue and the C sharp minor prelude) shows. Although the instrument is one of course Bach would never have seen, one gets the impression that this is still Bach played like Bach, so to speak – and that the great master wouldn't object to the innovation if he heard Aimard's playing.

While in general there are no dynamic histrionics – the range is quite restrained and rarely strays beyond the realms of mezzo-piano and mezzo-forte – some of Aimard's dynamic choices caught me by surprise. In some of the fugues – the C major and the glorious five-part C sharp minor in particular – he has a tendency to open into a louder, almost muscular style for the coda; it's also noticeable throughout that his articulation leans very much towards the detached. Curiously enough, this latter approach somehow seems to offset the fact that he is playing them on a piano; I don't know whether he's consciously trying to imitate the sound of a harpsichord (I suspect not) or merely likes his fugal subjects and themes to be perfectly and unambiguously clear, but it works surprisingly well, even if it leaves some sections (the middle, Palestrina-esque passage of the E flat major prelude, for example) less mellifluous than I'm used to.

Everyone has their own opinion on where the "sweet spot" lies on the spectrum between period authenticity and the advantages of modern technology. I'd venture to suggest, though, that Pierre-Laurent Aimard has found that sweet spot for Bach's keyboard works – he manages to capture on the piano the spirit of a work designed to showcase the harpsichord. If you think you don't like Bach on the piano, I think Aimard may just convert you – and if you don't have a recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier yet then I can heartily recommend this one as a starting-point for getting to know these beautiful miniatures better.

… and if you like the sound of that, we've got even more well-tempered treats:

  • We discovered that Pierre-Laurent prefers to play from Bärenreiter's authoritative Neue Bach-Ausgabe edition - so if you'd like to have a go yourself, we're currently offering 10% off selected Bärenreiter Bach sheet music for keyboard. Click here for more information...
  • Plus - the launch of our Studio Quality (HD) downloads, including this very album – so you can get even closer to the sound of the recording studio! See the article below for more on this exciting new development.
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Bach, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

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Studio Quality (HD) downloads

We're delighted to be able to announce the launch of our long-awaited Studio Quality (HD) downloads - offering the very best in digital music from a wide variety of labels. To get things started we're offering seventeen of our favourite releases from this year, and we'll be adding more titles over the coming weeks (so keep an eye on the site, and the weekly newsletter for the latest!)

You can read all about this exciting new development, and browse the first few albums, here.

Obituary – Licia Albanese (1909-2014)

Katherine pays tribute to the Italian-American soprano Licia Albanese, whose death (at the age of over 100!) was announced on Friday. Her chief fame rested on her interpretations of Puccini's tragic heroines, above all the title role in Madama Butterfly - but she had a reputation as a down-to-earth, practical musician with few if any diva-like qualities!

You can read the full obituary here.

Presto Recommends – Samuel Barber

David picks out some recordings of the Twentieth-Century American composer Samuel Barber, best known for the Adagio from his String Quartet (commonly titled simply Adagio for Strings) and his beautiful Violin Concerto. Unlike some composers, Barber doesn't really have a single 'champion' conductor - so the list of recordings is a varied one.

You can read through David's Barber choices here.

David Smith - david.smith@prestoclassical.co.uk

New Releases

18th August 2014

This is just the pick of the recent releases. The New Releases and Future Releases pages are always available for browsing all the new and forthcoming releases.

Schubert: Piano Sonatas

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Daniel Barenboim is considered one of the greatest pianists and conductors of our time, and 2014 marks his sixtieth year as a recording artist. To celebrate this occasion, Deutsche Grammophon has released this new recording of Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonatas.

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Bach, J S: Partitas Nos. 1-6, BWV825-830

Igor Levit (piano)

This is the second release on Sony Classical by the 27-year-old pianist, Igor Levit. With his debut album, featuring the late Beethoven sonatas, Levit received critical acclaim and awards from international publications and organisations. He now turns his attention to the Partitas (BWV825-820) by Johann Sebastian Bach.

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CPE Bach: Concertos and Symphonies

Haydn Sinfonietta Wien, Manfred Huss

Once valued even higher than his father, J. S. Bach, C. P. E. Bach’s music has become largely the preserve of musicologists and specialists. Manfred Huss has been a long-time champion of C.P.E. Bach, and this release combines recordings that he made with the Haydn Sinfonietta Wien in 2005 and 2006.

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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5

Cyprien Katsaris (piano), Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

This CD sees Cyprien Katsaris and Sir Neville Marriner (conducting the Academy of St Martin in the Fields) united in a performance of Beethoven’s Concerto no. 5, op. 73, but also featuring an arrangement by Katsaris for solo piano. Maestro Katsaris performed this transcription to a standing ovation at the Wigmore Hall in London in June.

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Maxwell Davies, Peter: Resurrection

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies began work on his parodic opera Resurrection whilst studying at Princeton in the early 1960s. Its violent diversity is aimed at several different targets and is often delivered through deliberate juxtapositions of opposing material. The opera is expressed through a dazzling masque-like succession of scenes and the blackly comic pastiche of hymn tunes, marching band music, saccharine waltzes and banal TV advertisements.

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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 7 (Complete)

Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Sergei Prokofiev’s music was his emotional response to the pressing problems of the era. His seven symphonies were brilliantly performed and recorded for a legendary project of Firma Melodiya between 1965 and 1967 by the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra of the USSR conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky.

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Verdi: Il Trovatore (DVD)

Anna Netrebko (Leonora), Gaston Rivero (Manrico), Plácido Domingo (Il Conte di Luna) & Marina Prudenskaya (Azucena), Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

Filmed live in Berlin, Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo star in one of Verdi’s greatest operas, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Celebrated film-maker Philipp Stölzl, well-known for his groundbreaking video collaborations with Rammstein and Madonna, directs his first Verdi opera, creating an extraordinarily powerful visual and visceral theatrical experience, unlike any other production of the opera.

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Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (DVD)

Miah Persson (Adina), Rolando Villazón (Nemorino), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Dulcamara), Roman Trekel (Belcore), Regula Mühlemann (Giannetta), Balthasar-Neumann-Choir and Ensemble, Pablo Heras-Casado

This production from 2012 marks Rolando Villazón’s directorial debut in a dual-role: not only is he the stage director but he also sings the role of Nemorino. Inspired by the cartoon character Lucky Luke and the Spaghetti Western-tradition, his staging for the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus is not only a film studio in the thirties but also a Western at the same time.

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09-Jul-2012 -Richard Strauss round-up
02-Jul-2012 -New Shostakovich discovery - Orango
25-Jun-2012 -Vivaldi from Rachel Podger
18-Jun-2012 -Two terrific Italian Renaissance reconstructions
11-Jun-2012 -Shostakovich Symphonies from Petrenko and the RLPO
04-Jun-2012 -Bach's St Matthew Passion
28-May-2012 -Bruckner Symphonies from Rattle and Barenboim
21-May-2012 -Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
14-May-2012 -Handel in England
07-May-2012 -Britten: War Requiem
30-Apr-2012 -Hamilton Harty’s Chamber Music
23-Apr-2012 -Kathleen Ferrier
16-Apr-2012 -Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique from Ticciati and the SCO
09-Apr-2012 -New and forthcoming Opera DVDs
02-Apr-2012 -Claude Debussy
26-Mar-2012 -Wagner - Klaus Florian Vogt and a new Parsifal
19-Mar-2012 -Haydn from Thomas Fey and the Heidelberger Sinfoniker
12-Mar-2012 -Jules Massenet - Werther & Don Quichotte
05-Mar-2012 -Brahms choral discs from Gardiner and Herreweghe
27-Feb-2012 -Vivaldi: Sacred vocal works and concertos
20-Feb-2012 -Aleksandra Kurzak and Renée Fleming
13-Feb-2012 -Schoenberg and Berg
06-Feb-2012 -Alison Balsom
30-Jan-2012 -Britten Violin Concerto
23-Jan-2012 -Beethoven Symphonies from Thielemann and Chailly
16-Jan-2012 -New Year’s Concert from Vienna
09-Jan-2012 -Mariusz Kwiecień
02-Jan-2012 -Fritz Kreisler
26-Dec-2011 -The year ahead and our latest new development
19-Dec-2011 -Two legendary performances
12-Dec-2011 -Maurizio Pollini plays Chopin
05-Dec-2011 -Christmas roundup
28-Nov-2011 -Havergal Brian’s Gothic Symphony
21-Nov-2011 -Duetti da Camera: Philippe Jaroussky & Max Emanuel Cencic
14-Nov-2011 -Bruckner and Mahler from Haitink and Pappano
07-Nov-2011 -Haydn from the Takács Quartet
31-Oct-2011 -Sublime Schubert from Paul Lewis
24-Oct-2011 -Franz Liszt
17-Oct-2011 -The Decca Sound
10-Oct-2011 -Pavel Haas Quartet the big winners at the Gramophone Awards
03-Oct-2011 -Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts from Paul McCreesh
26-Sep-2011 -Handel – Agrippina & Germanico
19-Sep-2011 -Wagner’s Flying Dutchman starts PentaTone’s 10th anniversary celebrations
12-Sep-2011 -Schubert's Schwanengesang from Padmore and Lewis
05-Sep-2011 -Gergiev and the LSO conclude their Mahler cycle
29-Aug-2011 -BIS - Maxim Rysanov, Sibelius and a special offer
22-Aug-2011 -Sublime Ravel from Ibragimova and Tiberghien
15-Aug-2011 -Gustavo Dudamel
08-Aug-2011 -Brahms/Schoenberg from Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker
01-Aug-2011 -Lucia from the Mariinsky
25-Jul-2011 -Bayreuther Festspiele
18-Jul-2011 -Benjamin Grosvenor
11-Jul-2011 -Rossini’s William Tell
04-Jul-2011 -Bach Motets from Herreweghe
27-Jun-2011 -Sublime Vivaldi from Nathalie Stutzmann
20-Jun-2011 -Beethoven’s Fidelio from Abbado and Kaufmann
13-Jun-2011 -Byrd’s Complete Consort Music
06-Jun-2011 -Vaughan Williams’s The Garden of Proserpine
30-May-2011 -Beethoven's Diabelli Variations from Paul Lewis
23-May-2011 -New DVDs from Glyndebourne
16-May-2011 -Martha Argerich
09-May-2011 -Handel's Ariodante
02-May-2011 -Daniel Barenboim plays Chopin and conducts Tchaikovsky
25-Apr-2011 -Fliter and Ibragimova excel in Beethoven
18-Apr-2011 -Julia Lezhneva sings Rossini
11-Apr-2011 -Lully’s Bellérophon
04-Apr-2011 -Mining the archives
28-Mar-2011 -Rachmaninov's Second Symphony
21-Mar-2011 -Suk's Asrael Symphony
14-Mar-2011 -Pergolesi's Stabat Mater
07-Mar-2011 -Striggio: Mass in 40 Parts
28-Feb-2011 -Tomás Luis de Victoria
21-Feb-2011 -Lisa Batiashvili - Echoes of Time
14-Feb-2011 -Kate Royal: A Lesson in Love
07-Feb-2011 -Simon Rattle's new Mahler 2
31-Jan-2011 -Percy Grainger
24-Jan-2011 -Arne: Artaxerxes
17-Jan-2011 -Handel and Strauss from Dessay and Damrau
10-Jan-2011 -Nielsen Symphonies from Colin Davis and the LSO
03-Jan-2011 -The Genius of Mozart
27-Dec-2010 -The year ahead
20-Dec-2010 -Sheet Music now online, and other recent developments
13-Dec-2010 -Robert Schumann
06-Dec-2010 -Vivaldi Operas - Ottone in Villa and Ercole
29-Nov-2010 -Christmas Releases
22-Nov-2010 -Bach Cantatas - the Gardiner pilgrimage
15-Nov-2010 -Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
08-Nov-2010 -Schubert: Piano Duets
01-Nov-2010 -Verdi's Otello from the LSO and Colin Davis
25-Oct-2010 -The Three Baroque Tenors
18-Oct-2010 -Dame Joan Sutherland
11-Oct-2010 -Bach's Violin Concertos from Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque
04-Oct-2010 -Gramophone Awards announced last Friday
27-Sep-2010 -Jonas Kaufmann: Verismo Arias
20-Sep-2010 -Wagner's Parsifal from the Mariinsky and Gergiev
13-Sep-2010 -Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte from René Jacobs
06-Sep-2010 -Puccini's forgotten masterpiece - La Rondine
30-Aug-2010 -Santiago a cappella
23-Aug-2010 -Elīna Garanča goes Spanish
16-Aug-2010 -Rued Langgaard - Music of the Spheres
09-Aug-2010 -Gramophone Awards - The Finalists
02-Aug-2010 -50 Years of the Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg
26-Jul-2010 -Gustav Mahler
19-Jul-2010 -Sir Charles Mackerras
12-Jul-2010 -Beethoven - Paul Lewis and the BBC Proms
05-Jul-2010 -A Russian Sibelius cycle
28-Jun-2010 -Ronald Brautigam's Beethoven
21-Jun-2010 -Carlos Kleiber
14-Jun-2010 -Handel's Berenice
07-Jun-2010 -Channel Classics
31-May-2010 -Alfredo Casella
24-May-2010 -Shostakovich Preludes & Fugues from Melnikov
17-May-2010 -The multi-talented Julia Fischer
10-May-2010 -Nimbus
03-May-2010 -Leonard Bernstein's Omnibus Broadcasts
26-Apr-2010 -Frédéric Chopin
19-Apr-2010 -Wagner Lohengrin - BBC Awards
12-Apr-2010 -Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique
05-Apr-2010 -Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia and Joyce DiDonato
29-Mar-2010 -Romantic Piano Concertos
22-Mar-2010 -Robin Ticciati and Brahms' Choral Works
15-Mar-2010 -Mozart Symphonies from Mackerras - Volume 2
08-Mar-2010 -Bernard Coutaz and Harmonia Mundi
01-Mar-2010 -Thomas Adès
22-Feb-2010 -Strauss: Alpine Symphony
15-Feb-2010 -Handel: Giulio Cesare and the Brockes Passion
08-Feb-2010 -Debussy and the Prix de Rome
01-Feb-2010 -Testament
25-Jan-2010 -BBC Music Magazine Awards Shortlist
18-Jan-2010 -Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet
11-Jan-2010 -Bach for Violin and Voice
04-Jan-2010 -A Ring cycle for the 21st Century
28-Dec-2009 -Anniversaries - 2009 and 2010
21-Dec-2009 -Richard Farrell
14-Dec-2009 -Thomas Tallis's Secret Garden
07-Dec-2009 -El Sistema
30-Nov-2009 -Christmas Releases
23-Nov-2009 -Kirsten Flagstad
16-Nov-2009 -Nikolaus Harnoncourt
09-Nov-2009 -Two important Elgar rarities
02-Nov-2009 -Felix Mendelssohn
26-Oct-2009 -Cecilia Bartoli and the world of Castratos
19-Oct-2009 -Winterreise from Padmore and Lewis
12-Oct-2009 -Tchaikovsky's Moscow Cantata
05-Oct-2009 -The Quatuor Ebène and the Gramophone Awards
28-Sep-2009 -Unknown Britten
21-Sep-2009 -Australian Eloquence
14-Sep-2009 -Julia Fischer plays Schubert
07-Sep-2009 -Bach Cantata bargain of the year
31-Aug-2009 -Rattle conducts Brahms
24-Aug-2009 -Bruckner from the Concertgebouw
17-Aug-2009 -Gramophone Awards 2009 - Finalists
10-Aug-2009 -Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle
03-Aug-2009 -The Vivaldi Edition
27-Jul-2009 -Diaghilev and The Ballets Russes
20-Jul-2009 -Sir Edward Downes
13-Jul-2009 -Brilliant Classics
06-Jul-2009 -Tomás Luis de Victoria
29-Jun-2009 -Britten's homage to Purcell
22-Jun-2009 -The Three Tenors
15-Jun-2009 -Penguin Rosettes and Building a Library
08-Jun-2009 -Masterclasses
01-Jun-2009 -Gergiev at the Mariinsky
25-May-2009 -Two recent re-discoveries light up Martinu year
18-May-2009 -Idomeneo from René Jacobs
11-May-2009 -A&R and Kate Royal's Midsummer Night
04-May-2009 -Chandos Records - 30 years young
27-Apr-2009 -Rachmaninov Preludes
20-Apr-2009 -20 Years of NMC
13-Apr-2009 -BBC Music Magazine Awards
06-Apr-2009 -Shostakovich 11 from the RLPO
30-Mar-2009 -BIS and the Sibelius Edition
23-Mar-2009 -Haydn - 'The Father of the Symphony'
16-Mar-2009 -George Frederic Handel
09-Mar-2009 -Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
02-Mar-2009 -Angela Gheorghiu in Puccini's Madama Butterfly
23-Feb-2009 -The world's most celebrated violins
16-Feb-2009 -Copyright to be extended
09-Feb-2009 -A feast of Early Music
02-Feb-2009 -Sarah Connolly gets Purcell year off to a flier
26-Jan-2009 -Monteverdi as you've never heard it before!
19-Jan-2009 -Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin put Platti firmly on the map
12-Jan-2009 -Hamelin proves his real class with Chopin
05-Jan-2009 -Lindsays lead the bargains
29-Dec-2008 -Jerusalem - in search of peace
22-Dec-2008 -Looking ahead - Handel, Haydn and more
15-Dec-2008 -2008 - A great year for DVDs
08-Dec-2008 -Top new Christmas recommendations
01-Dec-2008 -Richard Hickox
24-Nov-2008 -The World's Great Orchestras, and Euros and US Dollars now accepted
17-Nov-2008 -Lost manuscripts continue to be found
10-Nov-2008 -Haydn's String Quartets
03-Nov-2008 -Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony
27-Oct-2008 -Contemporary Music
20-Oct-2008 -Sir Peter Moores
13-Oct-2008 -Vivaldi in a new light
06-Oct-2008 -Americans in Pyongyang
29-Sep-2008 -Paul Lewis and the Gramophone Awards 2008
22-Sep-2008 -Songs her mother taught her
15-Sep-2008 -Vernon Handley
08-Sep-2008 -Zig Zag and the Atrium Quartet
01-Sep-2008 -Gramophone Awards nominations
25-Aug-2008 -Beautiful Messiah and Exquisite Morales
18-Aug-2008 -Great Pianists of the Past
11-Aug-2008 -Classical Television Broadcasts on the Internet
04-Aug-2008 -Chloë Hanslip and the unfamiliar
28-Jul-2008 -Leopold Godowsky and the virtuoso pianist
21-Jul-2008 -Linn Records
14-Jul-2008 -Vaughan Williams
07-Jul-2008 -Olivier Messiaen
30-Jun-2008 -Reginald Goodall's revelatory 'Mastersingers'
23-Jun-2008 -The French Baroque - 200 Years of Versailles
16-Jun-2008 -Bach Fugues from Onyx and the Emersons
09-Jun-2008 -New DVD page and Special Offer
02-Jun-2008 -Time to re-evaluate Miaskovsky
26-May-2008 -Superb Scholl sings Dowland and his circle
19-May-2008 -Fiesta! - Dudamel and the Venezuelans
12-May-2008 -The Guarneri Piano Trio and the label Praga
05-May-2008 -A La Bohème for all
28-Apr-2008 -Beethoven and Period Instruments
21-Apr-2008 -The Jerusalem Quartet
14-Apr-2008 -Nigel Kennedy
07-Apr-2008 -Paul Lewis's Beethoven
31-Mar-2008 -Ingrid Fliter
24-Mar-2008 -Mel Bonis
17-Mar-2008 -Stunning new Haydn Creation from Paul McCreesh
10-Mar-2008 -Hilary Hahn plays Schoenberg and Sibelius
03-Mar-2008 -Rattle and Gergiev on Mahler
25-Feb-2008 -Handel Organ Concertos
18-Feb-2008 -Late Mozart Symphonies
11-Feb-2008 -Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project
04-Feb-2008 -Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel
28-Jan-2008 -Undeservedly neglected music - John Marsh and Juan de Araujo
21-Jan-2008 -New Bach Cantatas page
14-Jan-2008 -Composers' Own Recordings
07-Jan-2008 -Francis Xavier and Jordi Savall
31-Dec-2007 -50 Years of Harmonia Mundi
24-Dec-2007 -Last thoughts on 2007, first on 2008
17-Dec-2007 -Discs of the Year
10-Dec-2007 -Stockhausen
03-Dec-2007 -25 Years of the Compact Disc
26-Nov-2007 -Pacini and the importance of first performances
19-Nov-2007 -Christmas music worth hearing
12-Nov-2007 -The forgotten Maria
05-Nov-2007 -Why composers marked repeats
29-Oct-2007 -Bach B minor Mass from Suzuki
22-Oct-2007 -New Mahler 8 from Pierre Boulez
15-Oct-2007 -Lucerne Festival Orchestra
08-Oct-2007 -Julia Fischer and the Gramophone Awards
01-Oct-2007 -Mozart - Don Giovanni from René Jacobs
24-Sep-2007 -Natalie Clein and the Elgar Cello Concerto
17-Sep-2007 -Joshua Bell
10-Sep-2007 -Luciano Pavarotti
03-Sep-2007 -Kate Royal
27-Aug-2007 -Gramophone Awards - finalists revealed
20-Aug-2007 -Exciting new baroque rediscovery - Conti's David
13-Aug-2007 -Venezuelan Youth Orchestra the envy of the world
06-Aug-2007 -Music's Best-kept Secrets
30-Jul-2007 -Haydn - the most underrated great composer
23-Jul-2007 -Beethoven Piano Sonatas
16-Jul-2007 -BBC Proms 2007
09-Jul-2007 -Elin Manahan Thomas
02-Jul-2007 -Open minds and superb Bernarda Fink
25-Jun-2007 -Excited by another batch of re-issues?
18-Jun-2007 -Composer Works lists now published
11-Jun-2007 -Padmore and Bostridge sing Handel
04-Jun-2007 -Elgar's Enigma Variations
28-May-2007 -Still suffering some seventy years on?
21-May-2007 -Buying Opera on CD or DVD
14-May-2007 -Debussy's new champion
07-May-2007 -Schütz's Legacy
30-Apr-2007 -Mstislav Rostropovich
23-Apr-2007 -Missed Opportunities
16-Apr-2007 -BBC Music Magazine Awards
09-Apr-2007 -The way we listen
02-Apr-2007 -Too much Mozart?
26-Mar-2007 -Harpsichord or Piano?
19-Mar-2007 -Strauss's Four Last Songs
12-Mar-2007 -The importance of government support
05-Mar-2007 -Do today's musicians all sound the same?

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