Presto News - 4th May 2015

Mark Elder conducts Donizetti's Les Martyrs

Tomorrow sees the release of the first-ever complete recording of Donizetti’s 1840 opera Les martyrs, the work which rose from the ashes of Poliuto, which was banned shortly before its planned premiere in Naples when Ferdinand II objected to the depiction of Christian suffering on stage. Set in ancient Armenia and based on a tragedy by Pierre Corneille, it tells of a Christian who chooses martyrdom over capitulation to the Roman gods, and his wife (a pagan, and the daughter of the city’s rabidly anti-Christian governor), who eventually comes to share his faith and his fate.

As some of you may recall, I spoke to Sir Mark about the project (and in particular about Donizetti’s first foray into the French grand style) at length a few weeks ago. You can read the full interview here, so I won’t repeat too much on the compositional background now, but it’s apparent throughout that Les martyrs represents a watershed in the composer’s career as he seizes the opportunity to establish himself in Paris as a composer of grand opera, with all the pomp and circumstance (and endless ballets!) that that implies.

Michael Spyres, Joyce El-Khoury, and Mark Elder
Michael Spyres, Joyce El-Khoury, and Mark Elder

Rather than laying his cards on the table with a full-throttle prelude, Donizetti opens quietly, with a muted quartet of bassoons ushering in a chorus of Christians who have met under cover of night for Polyeucte’s baptism (though as Sir Mark pointed out, the use of four bassoons was in itself a clear signal that Donizetti was cutting his suit according to his now more extravagant cloth – Italian opera-houses usually only had two!). From then on, though, there’s blood and thunder aplenty, and the drama fairly leaps out of the speakers, particularly in the pagans’ terrifying odes to the Roman gods – shades of Norma (written nine years earlier) here, though the sadistic zeal with which the chorus look forward to the coming carnage rather put me in mind of Turandot. The final scene is truly blood-curdling – I was almost expecting to hear the roar of the approaching lions.

When he came to refashion Poliuto for the Paris Opera, Donizetti was writing bespoke music for some of the finest singers in Europe, and the cast assembled here by Opera Rara meet the score’s fearsome demands head-on. The title-role is taken by the American tenor Michael Spyres, who commands absolute attention from his very first phrase: rather like Bryan Hymel (whose disc of French arias I wrote about a while back, and who was initially scheduled for this role), he packs a voice with real heroic ring and tremendous facility in the stratosphere, capping his act three aria ‘Mon seul trésor’ with a stupendous high E as Polyeucte vows to commit a spectacular act of public blasphemy which will condemn him to certain death.

Canadian soprano Joyce el-Khoury is equally fine as his conflicted wife Pauline, singing with tireless passion and pathos in the substantial dramatic duets with the three men in her life and displaying power and agility to burn in the show-stopping cabaletta (one of Donizetti’s few throwbacks to the Italianate bravura which French audiences generally disliked) as she awaits the arrival of the Roman consul whom she had loved and given up for dead. Brindley Sherratt is sonorous and surprisingly sympathetic as her implacable father Felix, whilst David Kempster (who’s recently made such an impact in Verdi and big French dramatic roles for Welsh National and Scottish Opera) sings with eloquence and heroism as Sévère, Pauline’s former beloved who is prepared to defy his duty and snatch Polyeucte from the jaws of death for her.

The recording includes several passages which were cut before opening night and have never been heard in public before, but the project’s so much more than an exercise in exhumation – anticipating Verdi’s imminent French operas, it packs a serious dramatic punch, and I for one can’t wait to compare it with Glyndebourne’s Poliuto, which opens later this month.

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Donizetti: Les Martyrs

Michael Spyres (Polyeucte), Joyce El-Khoury (Pauline), David Kempster (Sévère), Brindley Sherratt (Félix), Clive Bayley (Callisthènes), Wynne Evans (Néarque), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Mark Elder

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Presto Interview – Harping on with Xavier de Maistre

Following on from Avi Avital’s mandolin a few weeks ago, another relatively rare solo instrument has a spot in the limelight as David talks to harpist Xavier de Maistre about his latest album, entitled Moldau and focusing on works with a Slavic flavour to them. The centrepiece is Smetana’s eponymous tribute to the mighty Czech river (today more commonly referred to by its native name of Vltava), while Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak also feature.

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Presto CDs reach 1,000!

Since we launched our Presto CDs project last May, we’ve been regularly adding to the range of albums, bringing back more and more great recordings from the past that for whatever reason have been discontinued as CDs.

This week – almost exactly a year on – we’ve returned some Romantic favourites from Decca to life, and this has taken us past the milestone of 1,000 albums!

We’ve listed the top ten here; you can also browse through the full range of Presto CDs here.

Presto Interview – Philippe Jaroussky on Verlaine

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky has been one of the standard-bearers for the recent revival of interest in this voice type - which has seen a steady stream of exciting new releases showcasing the new generation of countertenors. His latest release, Green, moves into territory traditionally regarded as the preserve of full-bodied female voices, with settings of the poetry of the Symbolist poet Verlaine.

Katherine asked Philippe about his approach to this music, and his relationship with the works of Verlaine (via the musical responses it has drawn from composers down the years).

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Katherine Cooper - katherine@prestoclassical.co.uk

New Releases

4th May 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.

Mendelssohn: Symphony No 5

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner

John Eliot Gardiner and the LSO continue their exploration of Mendelssohn’s symphonies. Symphony No. 5 was written to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Augsberg confession. Allusions to this can be heard throughout the piece: the Dresden Amen is cited in the first movement whilst the finale is based on Martin Luther’s chorale Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott. Coupled with this are two overtures, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage and Ruy Blas.

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Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem & Hough: Missa Mirabilis

Christopher Maltman (baritone), Sarah Fox (soprano), Colorado Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Andrew Litton

Dona nobis pacem became a somewhat unexpected hit for Vaughan Williams. A fervently anti-war plea from the heart composed in 1936 for the Huddersfield Choral Society, it remains to this day one of the composer’s most widely performed works. Coupled with it here is the first recording of Stephen Hough’s Missa Mirabilis, a work which shares with the Vaughan Williams an ability to seem very much greater than the sum of its parts.

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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

The last instalment of Sakari Oramo’s cycle with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic opens with Symphony No. 2. Its origins were in an allegorical picture Nielsen came across, illustrating the four temperaments of man. 23 years later he completed his sixth and final symphony, the Sinfonia semplice. As Nielsen later told a friend, the ninth and last variation, scored for tuba and percussion, represents ‘death knocking at the door’.

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Grieg: Lyric Pieces

Stephen Hough (piano)

Grieg’s Lyric Pieces have always attracted the greatest pianists. Their individual brevity played a part in this, of course, but rather more so did their intellectual transparency. For this new recording Stephen Hough has chosen twenty-seven (of the sixty-six), a generous selection encompassing every nuance of emotion, every tone of pianistic mastery.

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Rossini: La gazza ladra

María José Moreno (Ninetta), Kenneth Tarver (Giannetto), Giulio Mastrototaro (Fabrizio), Luisa Islam-Ali-Zade (Lucia), Bruno Praticò (Fernando), Marianna Rewerski (Pippo), Lorenzo Regazzo (Podestà), Virtuosi Brunensis, Alberto Zedda

With its outstanding dramatic and musical qualities, La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) remains one of Rossini’s greatest operas, and marked a culmination of the convergence of serious and comic elements in his work. Though famous for its overture, the whole opera is rather surprisingly not currently represented on many recordings.

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Reich: Music for 18 Musicians

Ensemble Signal

New York-based Ensemble Signal performs Steve Reich’s seminal masterpiece. Its structure is based on a cycle of eleven chords played at the very beginning of the piece and repeated at the end. Each chord is held for the duration of two breaths, and the next chord is gradually introduced, and so on, until all eleven are played and the ensemble returns to the first chord.

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Seiji Ozawa: The Complete Warner Recordings (25 CDs)

To mark the eightieth birthday of Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa in 2015, Warner Classics has released a box containing his complete recordings for the label, made between 1968 and 1997. The set places an emphasis on Ozawa’s mastery of large-scale orchestral scores of the 19th and 20th centuries, and on his collaboration with such soloists as Itzhak Perlman, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mstislav Rostropovich.

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Mozart: La finta giardiniera, K196 (DVD)

Carlo Allemano (Don Anchise, Podestà), Erin Morley (Sandrina/Violante), Enea Scala (Comte Belfiore), Marie-Adeline Henry (Arminda), Marie-Claude Chappuis (Ramiro), Le Concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm

Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Le Concert d'Astrée in this performance from the Opéra de Lille in March 2014. Mozart was just 18 when La finta giardiniera was first performed in 1775, though he already had a number of operas to his name. An opera buffa with a plot of extravagant complexity, it provides early evidence of Mozart’s ability to capture the more serious truths that lurk beneath a farcical surface. David Lescot’s striking staging provides a contemporary take on the 18th century, evoking a garden by means of plants and shrubs in large pots.

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Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 CD Review

Saturday 2nd May 2015

Building a Library - Scriabin: Prometheus (The Poem of Fire), Op. 60

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Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

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Disc of the Week

Donizetti: Les Martyrs

Michael Spyres (Polyeucte), Joyce El-Khoury (Pauline), David Kempster (Sévère), Brindley Sherratt (Félix), Clive Bayley (Callisthènes), Wynne Evans (Néarque), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Opera Rara Chorus, Sir Mark Elder

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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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