Presto News - 30th March 2015

Shostakovich from the Takács Quartet and Marc-André Hamelin

Two related yet contrasting chamber works this week, from the pen of that introspective genius Dmitri Shostakovich – the passionate String Quartet No. 2 and the melodious Piano Quintet in G minor, both performed intelligently and sensitively by the Takács Quartet (with Marc-André Hamelin joining them for the Quintet).

Having been out of political favour for much of Shostakovich's early career, in the late 1930s the string quartet and other forms of chamber music began gradually to be rehabilitated, thanks in large part to the musicianship of the Beethoven Quartet. Shostakovich evidently developed quite a close relationship with the ensemble, as both works on this disc suggest. His second String Quartet was written with them in mind as the intended performers, and indeed the premiere saw Shostakovich share the stage with two of their members for the first performance of his Second Piano Trio.

Takács Quartet
Takács Quartet

The String Quartet is kicked off by a powerful, almost folk-like opening in which open fifths feature prominently; there is little let-up in the intensity throughout the first movement, and even the meditative second retains a sense of something suppressed, just beneath the surface. For the third movement, a waltz, Shostakovich specifies that the players should play with mutes for the entire movement, further reinforcing the idea of the music straining against some kind of leash. The Takács Quartet’s fortissimos become ever louder and more climactic while their sound is always held back by the mutes, which deny that last extra ounce of brightness and eventually seem to force the music down again into a subdued mood.

The Piano Quintet has a rather pleasant story behind it – Shostakovich was so impressed by the Beethoven Quartet’s performances of his first String Quartet that, rather than continue working on his second, he decided to transform the embryonic work into a quintet to allow himself to perform it with them! It is cast in a slightly neo-Baroque vein, with the first movements a prelude and fugue respectively, and its style is generally less acerbic and angst-ridden than some of his other chamber works, even at times seeming harmonically backward-looking.

Despite (or perhaps because of) this relatively trouble-free feeling, it was a definite hit with the Soviet cultural authorities and music-lovers alike; the Scherzo of the Quintet reportedly became such a favourite with contemporary audiences that, together with the Finale, it was encored at almost every performance – and it’s not hard to see why! It’s a rollicking ride, with those characteristically bright Shostakovich octaves in the piano (reminding me rather of the First Piano Concerto) really biting from Hamelin.

Sandwiched between these two upbeat crowd-pleasers, though, is a rather unusual slow movement – and it’s the performance of this that really stayed with me more than any of the others. Constructed over a steady walking bass-line reminiscent of that in Bach’s famous Air, it moves from solemnity to a deep yearning – not the tortured anguish of the Fifth Symphony by any means, but somehow a more personal sadness expressed in turn by the piano and the violin as they take on semi-soloistic roles.

Gratitude is definitely due to the Beethoven Quartet for inspiring these works in the first place; but it’s hard to imagine a better performance than those given by the Takács Quartet and Marc-André Hamelin. I find their tutti playing particularly excellent; the big chordal climaxes in both works show off their absolutely peerless ensemble, and the interplay with Hamelin in the Quintet is sensitive and well-judged. These are two works that it’s definitely worth getting to know, and Hamelin and the Takács Quartet are fine ambassadors for them.

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Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2

Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Takács Quartet

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Presto Interview – Avi Avital and his miraculous mandolin

Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital has been making an enthusiastic case for his relatively neglected instrument for some years now, and with two successful albums to his name, it certainly seems that his efforts are bearing fruit. His latest release, Vivaldi, explores the output of one of the few composers to write large-scale works specifically for the mandolin.

David talks to Avi about the unique challenges and rewards of playing an instrument that, while a lynchpin of many folk traditions, is a relative stranger to the classical concert-hall.

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Presto Recommends – Camille Saint-Saëns

The French composer Camille Saint-Saëns is primarily known for a small number of his pieces that have become 'hits'. The Organ Symphony, the Danse macabre and Samson et Dalila are indisputably great works, and of course the delightful Carnival of the Animals is practically a household name (indeed Saint-Saëns himself feared, with some justification, that this frivolous work would come to overshadow his other compositions) - but there is a great deal more to him than these audience favourites. Five piano concertos, two for the cello, numerous songs, a Requiem... the list goes on!

Browse through James’s Saint-Saëns choices...

Presto CD – Deutsche Grammophon

A real treasure-chest this week, with Beethoven from Claudio Abbado and the Vienna Philharmonic, Brahms from Karajan with the Berlin Philharmonic and some searing late Shostakovich from Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

You can browse through them all here, or you can have a look through the full range of Presto CDs.

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

New Releases

30th March 2015

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.

Hilary Hahn: Violin Concertos Mozart 5 & Vieuxtemps 4

Hilary Hahn (violin), The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi

Hilary Hahn combines Mozart’s beloved Concerto in A, K 219 – with its fiery “Turkish” episode – with the rich, virtuosic romanticism of Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 4. The release features a wonderful interplay of Hilary Hahn and Paavo Järvi with his orchestra The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

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Richard Strauss: The Complete Songs 7

Ruby Hughes (soprano), Ben Johnson (tenor), Günter Haumer (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)

Volume 7 of Hyperion's Complete Strauss Songs cycle focuses on the juvenilia. Strauss was just six when he penned the first of them - his mother had to write in the words for him. Three new singers - Ruby Hughes, Ben Johnson and Günter Haumer - join Roger Vignoles in this most unexpected of recitals to relish.

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Carolyn Sampson: Fleurs

Carolyn Sampson (soprano) & Joseph Middleton (piano)

Carolyn Sampson has devised a recital disc based on settings of poems on a floral theme in Russian, English, French and German. Just as flowers themselves are symbols of celebration as well as bereavement, the selected songs represent a great diversity through their different musical styles.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski

Stanisław Skrowaczewski, currently the world’s oldest major working conductor, is renowned for his affinity with Bruckner. This recording was taken from a live concert performance at Royal Festival Hall, London, in March 2014. Skrowaczewski uses his own edition of the Symphony, offering an opportunity to get inside the mind of one of Bruckner’s greatest interpreters.

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Ives: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

This is the first volume of a new series dedicated to the music of Charles Ives, performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and its principal conductor, Sir Andrew Davis. An amateur genius who experimented with groundbreaking techniques years ahead of their time, Ives started out with more conventional works – as shown by the two early symphonies recorded here.

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Sea Eagle (works for horn)

Richard Watkins (horn)

All of these works have been premiered by Richard Watkins, with both Colin Matthews's Three of a Kind and Robin Holloway's Trio receiving their first performance on this album. The title work is Peter Maxwell Davies's Sea Eagle, initially considered to be impossible to play but now regarded as an essential part of the horn repertoire. Richard is joined on this recording by musicians including Paul Watkins, Huw Watkins, and tenor Mark Padmore.

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Jean Martinon: The Complete CSO Recordings

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Jean Martinon

In 1963 Jean Martinon was appointed to succeed Fritz Reiner at the helm of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. During his five-year tenure he made nine recordings for RCA Victor. Now for the first time they are issued together in a set of ten partly re-mastered CDs. Repertoire includes music by Roussel, Bizet, and Ravel. Every recording in this new set comes from the best source, some newly remastered from the original tapes.

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Easter from King's

The Choir Of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury

This service was first broadcast at Easter 2014 from the College’s awe-inspiring Chapel, and features seasonal hymns and readings alongside choral favourites, including Allegri’s Miserere, the Lacrimosa from Mozart’s Requiem, the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, and Cesar Franck's Panis Angelicus. Cameras are normally forbidden during services, so this DVD provides a rare opportunity to experience the choir engaged in its core activity, celebrating the most important festival of the Christian calendar.

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Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 CD Review

Saturday 28th March 2015

Building a Library - Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63

First Choice

Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

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Disc of the Week

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Hallé, Sir Mark Elder

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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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