Presto News - 23rd March 2015

Isabelle Faust plays Schumann's Violin Concerto

It's said that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and the fate of Schumann's Violin Concerto is a good example of just how unfortunate even a well-intentioned act can turn out to be. One of his very last works, it was entrusted by his widow Clara to the care of the star violinist Joseph Joachim – the legendary virtuoso of Schumann's time, who had encouraged its composition. The story is that Joachim somehow perceived in the work “weaknesses” symptomatic of Schumann's deteriorating psychological health; for many decades the ban that he imposed on it was observed, and the work languished in almost total obscurity.

Even its eventual emergence into the light was only a partial triumph, marred by the taint of anti-Semitism. The planned premiere by Yehudi Menuhin was vetoed by the German authorities of the 1930s in favour of a German soloist who would supposedly launch the work as an Aryan alternative to that of Mendelssohn. All in all, an inauspicious heritage – but as ever, it's best to set that aside and let the music speak for itself. And what music it is! I hadn't heard the work before (perhaps I can count myself a victim of the legacy of Joachim's ban?), but in Isabelle Faust's capable hands it gripped me from the very beginning, with a portentous D minor opening powered forward by a repeated-note dynamo in the strings and underpinned by a stirringly rising bass-line.

Isabelle Faust
Isabelle Faust

One factor that really gives a lift to the sound is the use of gut-stringed instruments and orchestral forces that Schumann would have recognised; Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra made an impression on me with their recording of Mendelssohn's Lobgesang some months ago, and they've worked the same magic here; the music just has that extra little bit of bite where it's needed (especially those driving triplets in the strings that permeate the first movement) and it really makes it leap off the page. If space permitted I could wax lyrical at great length about the haunting moments in the dreamlike slow movement and the stately jollity (if that's not a contradiction) of the finale, which takes the unusual form of a Polonaise. Doubtless other concerti exist that make use of this dance form, but none spring to mind; it's a refreshingly original idea that brings the work to a less frenetic close than might a Rondo vivace, though there's certainly no shortage of opportunities for Isabelle Faust to shine in agile passagework.

Joachim's intentions in attempting to keep this work from performance may have been honourable – protecting his friend's reputation from being stained by a work that he saw as unworthy of being identified with Schumann's name – but I for one am glad that it found its way into the repertoire despite his efforts. It's not a weak work by any means – by turns meditative and stormy, it deserves to be as well-known and as popular as Mendelssohn's.

The other work on this album sees Faust join forces with two other musicians of equally impressive chamber pedigree – cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Alexander Melnikov – for an all-star performance of Schumann's third Piano Trio. Again, period instruments make for a unique experience, particularly the sound of the historical piano played by Melnikov, which somehow blends more readily into the trio texture than the extrovert sound of a modern grand. Written for Clara herself to play, it's an intimate and personal work which, again, starts in stirring form with a yearning duet for the violin and cello, accompanied by rippling quavers in the piano. Faust, Queyras and Melnikov have approached this project together – in fact a brief note in the accompanying booklet suggests that the idea of performing the Trio on historical instruments came first, and the Concerto second – and their playing reflects this joint vision. The interplay between them as they draw out the nuances of Schumann's polyphony and answering phrases is as natural as one could wish for.

I couldn't help thinking, as I was listening to these performances, how different things would be had Joachim not imposed his well-intentioned embargo! Isabelle Faust's historically-sensitive performance only serves to underline how wrong the great virtuoso's judgement was. I found myself listening to this disc over and over again – Romanticism at its very finest. I'm definitely looking forward to the other two discs in this triptych, featuring the other two trios and the concertos for cello and piano.

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Schumann: Violin Concerto

Isabelle Faust (violin), Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado (conductor), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello) & Alexander Melnikov (piano)

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New Releases

23rd March 2015

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Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079

Philippe Pierlot (bass viol), Maude Gratton (clavecin), Marc Hantaï (flute), François Fernandez (violin), Ricercar Consort

Sooner or later the Ricercar Consort had to confront the spirit of the ricercar, advocated by Bach in his Musical Offering: a collection of canons, fugues and other works based on a theme given to him by Frederick the Great of Prussia. In the order chosen by the Ricercar Consort, the Trio Sonata for flute, violin, and continuo takes up a central position, separating the three-part ricercar from its six-part counterpart.

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Rossini: Petite Messe solennelle

Julia Lezhneva (soprano), Delphine Galou (contralto), Michael Spyres (tenor) & Alexander Vinogradov (bass), accentus & Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Ottavio Dantone

This live recording brings a new and fresh light on Rossini's most famous choral work. The concert took place in Paris to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the work, first performed in March 1864. The amazing quality of the solo voices is supported by the vocal dexterity of accentus chamber choir.

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Avi Avital: Vivaldi

Juan Diego Flórez, Mahan Esfahani, Ophira Zakai, Avi Avital, Venice Baroque Orchestra

Avi Avital re-imagines the sounds of Venice, presenting four popular Vivaldi concerti: the Mandolin Concerto, the Lute Concerto, “Summer” from The Four Seasons, and the A minor Violin Concerto. Interspersed with these are two authentic Gondolier songs, performed by Juan Diego Flórez, accompanied by Avi on mandolin; as well as the Trio Sonata in C major with Mahan Esfahani and Ophira Zakai.

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Orfeo(s): French and Italian Cantatas

Sunhae Im (soprano), Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Sunhae Im sings four cantatas dealing with the myth of Orpheus. The figure of the mythical singer offers a wide range of possibilities for musical depiction: the melodious charm of Arcadia; the wedding celebrations of Orpheus and Eurydice; the abrupt change of mood at Eurydice’s death; Orpheus’ daring descent into Hades; and the subjugation of the underworld deities through expressive solo singing.

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The Twenty-Fifth Hour: Chamber Music of Thomas Adès

Thomas Adès (piano), Calder Quartet

Three classic works by Thomas Adès, performed by the composer with the Calder Quartet. These three works are not only in classic genres but are themselves becoming classics, with Arcadiana as close as any modern quartet to joining the repertory.

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English Hymn Anthems

Alison Balsom (trumpet), The Choir Of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury

The first release of 2015 from the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge presents the choir singing anthems based on hymn tunes from the Anglican choral tradition. Highlights include Parry’s epic Hear my words, ye people, and Lord, Thou has been our refuge by Vaughan Williams, featuring the trumpeter Alison Balsom. It provides at once a survey of traditional services at King’s College Chapel and a window into the little-known form of the hymn-anthem.

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Mercury Living Presence 3

This 53-CD set includes ten new albums never released before on CD, restored from the original tapes. This has involved the application of new technology to secure the best possible sound. The results are remarkable, due in part to new processes which can eliminate the mechanical distortion, wow and flutter inherent in the recording techniques of the 1950s without destroying the original, bright, clear sound which made the label so famous.

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Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Vivica Genaux (Dido), Henk Neven (Aeneas), Ana Quintans (Belinda), Marc Mauillon (Sorceress, Marin), Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre (conductor)

Conductor Vincent Dumestre and Le Poème Harmonique continue their exploration of repertoires of the 17th century. Cécile Roussat and Julien Lubek, stage directors coming from the arts of the circus and mime, had already collaborated with Le Poème Harmonique on the Carnaval Baroque. Here, they combine mime, dance and acrobatics with the music in a moving, magical production of Purcell's opera.

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Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 CD Review

Saturday 21st March 2015

Building a Library - Haydn: Mass, Hob. XXII:11 in D minor (Missa in angustiis 'Nelson Mass')

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Lothar Odinius (Tenor), Roxana Constantinescu (Alto), Markus Eiche (Bass), Letizia Scherrer (Soprano), Michael Nagy (Bass), Maximilian Schmitt (Tenor), Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Stuttgart Bach Collegium, Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling (conductor)

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Disc of the Week

Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

Gil Shaham (violin)

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13-Aug-2012 -Mahler Symphony No. 1 from Iván Fischer
06-Aug-2012 -Rhapsody in Blue – Grosvenor and Kempf
30-Jul-2012 -Hans Rott’s First Symphony
23-Jul-2012 -L’Olimpiade: The Opera
16-Jul-2012 -Holst and Delius on Naxos
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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