Presto News - 11th March 2016

Robert King conducts Mendelssohn's arrangement of Handel's Israel in Egypt

A cross-century collaborative work is due out next week from Robert King and the King’s Consort – and one that offers an unorthodox take on the question of historically-informed performance. Handel’s great Old Testament oratorio Israel in Egypt has captivated audiences ever since its premiere in 1739 – a gripping and well-known myth retold through a wealth of vivid musical scene-painting and impassioned choruses. Mendelssohn was a known aficionado of Handel’s work (indeed, together with his interest in reviving the music of Bach it’s fair to hail him as one of the forerunners of the early music movement as a whole), and it’s not difficult to see where he drew the inspiration for his own Israelite epic Elijah.

The King's Consort
The King's Consort

The genesis of this recording is Mendelssohn’s revival of Israel in Egypt for a festival in 1833, for which he added an overture of his own and re-orchestrated Handel’s score. By rights this should be the stuff of nightmares for devotees of musical authenticism such as Robert King, but his aim in this fascinating project is to recreate that very performance in all its anachronistic glory. And he approaches it just as seriously as Paul McCreesh approached his period-instruments Elijah: his musicians play on instruments not from Handel’s time but from Mendelssohn’s, and the other accoutrements of the performance (singing style, ornaments and so on) are similarly nineteenth-century.

The overture sets the tone: pure, undiluted Mendelssohn, seeming to owe a lot to the sound-world of the Hebrides, written only a few years previously. After tenor Benjamin Hulett’s expositional recitative, again delivered in a Romantic style rather than attempting to switch abruptly to a pure baroque idiom, the scene opens with a yearning chorus depicting the suffering of the Israelites – which in its new orchestral clothes sounds as Mendelssohnian as anything in Elijah. Even the recitatives are re-orchestrated: scored for two double-stopping cellos and a double bass, giving a wonderfully characterful if unfamiliar sound which really helps to establish the historical style.

Blockbuster special effects soon follow, as Moses and Aaron face off against the Egyptian wizards with a series of increasingly dramatic miracles – the ever-theatrical Handel must have rubbed his hands with glee at the prospect of depicting the Ten Plagues of Egypt, and the King’s Consort are soon taking on the roles of frogs, flies, locusts and all the rest with audible relish. The chorus depicting the hailstorms is excitingly boisterous, while the hushed representation of the plague of darkness shows the choir at their most sensitive.

Early in the second part (which is devoted to the Israelites’ extended song of praise after the crossing of the Red Sea) the delightful duet “Der Herr ist mein Heiland” allows sopranos Lydia Teuscher and Julia Doyle to shine, before the chorus resumes its vivid scene-painting with a sonorous depiction of the Egyptians’ watery fate. Indeed the hymn of thanksgiving is every bit as varied as the signs and portents of the first half, and Handel’s pictorial inventiveness seems inexhaustible. Alto Hilary Summers deserves special mention for her warm, lyrical aria “Bringe sie hinein”, that provides a beautiful moment of calm before the rousing finale.

The acid test of any project like this isn’t so much whether it’s “authentic” per se; it’s more important for it to be coherent and enjoyable, and Robert King’s performance really does work well as a musical whole. The synthesis of the Baroque and Romantic never feels unnatural – the singing and playing have such conviction and sensitivity that I found myself too busy enjoying the music to care about all the things Mendelssohn does “wrong” in his treatment of Handel. Musical authenticism is at its best when it is a means towards a greater enjoyment of the music; and by putting a novel spin on authenticism, King delivers enjoyment in spades.

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Handel/Mendelssohn: Israel in Egypt, HWV54

Lydia Teuscher, Julia Doyle (sopranos), Hilary Summers (alto), Benjamin Hulett (tenor), Roderick Williams (bass), The King’s Consort, Robert King

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1929-2016)

The musical world lost a true giant earlier this week, with the passing of Austrian conductor and cellist Nikolaus Harnoncourt - one of the driving forces behind the first stirrings of the early music movement in the 1950s, and a trailblazing reappraiser of composers from Bach to Bruckner.

Among his many notable achievements, the first ever complete period Bach cantata set must surely rank as one of the most significant - a benchmark to this day, as demonstrated by the success of its re-release a few years ago.

A full obituary can be found here.

In the Studio - Decades in Song

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The Brook Street Band - named for the London residence of Handel, whose music they specialise in - turns 20 this year, and have marked the milestone with a selection of his trio sonatas.

Katherine talks to their cellist Tatty Theo about this new release, and about the Band's celebratory plans.

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

New Releases

11th March 2016

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.

Elgar: Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55

Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

Following his acclaimed 2014 recording of the Second Symphony, Daniel Barenboim continues his Elgar series with the First Symphony. This performance was recorded live at Berlin’s renowned Philharmonie, with the Berlin Staatskapelle and leading Elgarian record producer Andrew Keener.

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Introit: The Music of Gerald Finzi

Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon

To commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of Gerald Finzi’s death comes this album of some of his finest works. Re-imagined popular vocal works are performed by saxophonist Amy Dickson, while other soloists include Thomas Gould (violin), Tom Poster (piano) and Nicolas Fleury (French horn). The Aurora Orchestra under Nicholas Collon play arrangements specially commissioned by the Finzi Trust.

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LSO String Ensemble, Roman Simovic

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Nelson Freire: Bach

Nelson Freire (piano)

Nelson Freire's first-ever album devoted to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, recorded in his seventieth birthday year, provides a superb overview of Bach on the piano: original works such as the Fourth Partita and Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue; one of Bach’s own keyboard transcriptions (the slow movement of Marcello’s Oboe Concerto), plus a selection of transcriptions by Busoni, Siloti and Myra Hess.

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Simone Kermes: Love

Simone Kermes (soprano), La Magnifica Comunità, Enrico Casazza

A collection of baroque and renaissance love songs that reflect the versatility of love - passionate, dramatic and addictive - by the most popular composers of this time, from Monteverdi, Purcell, Cesti to Merula and Dowland, all sung with the unique legato, pure, and silver quality that makes Simone Kermes's voice so special.

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Haec dies: Music for Easter

The Choir of Clare College Cambridge, Graham Ross

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and director Graham Ross continue their series of music for the church year with a sequence for Easter Day that spans five centuries and explores the rich tapestry of repertoire from across the European continent, including music by Byrd, Lassus, Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninov, and others.

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Brahms: The Symphonies & Concertos (8 CDs)

New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta

To celebrate Zubin Mehta's eightieth birthday in 2016 comes this set featuring the first ever release on CD of his cycle of Brahms symphonies, made in the late 1970s and early 80s with the New York Philharmonic. It also includes the Piano Concertos with Daniel Barenboim, Isaac Stern performing the Violin Concerto, and the Double Concerto with Pinchas Zukerman and Lynn Harrell. Every item has been newly remastered from the original tapes.

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A Tribute to Hans Knappertsbusch (DVD)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Hans Knappertsbusch worked together for the first time at the Salzburg Festival in 1929, a relationship that lasted for 35 years, with 210 concerts and innumerable performances at the Vienna State Opera. This DVD presents live recordings from the Theater an der Wien, Wiener Festwochen, made in 1962 & 1963, of music by Wagner and Beethoven.

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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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