Presto News - 26th August 2016

Bach's Goldberg Variations from harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani

The term “harpsichord star” may sound a little strange in an age where pianists, violinists, cellists and vocalists rule the classical roost, but if anyone merits that title it’s Mahan Esfahani – a rising young harpsichordist who has always been at pains to stress the instrument’s modernity as well as its links to the past, recording harpsichord works by Poulenc, Górecki and Ligeti alongside the more conventional Corelli, Rameau and CPE Bach.

Mahan Esfahani
Mahan Esfahani

This interest in modern writing for the harpsichord had led some of us to despair of Esfahani ever giving us his take on some of Bach’s major works, so there was a palpable sense of “at LAST!” here at Presto when we heard that he was recording the Goldberg Variations with DG. Now, finally, we can hear what one of today’s most exciting keyboard players does with Bach’s masterwork.

While disdainful of the kind of quasi-Qabbalistic cryptographical navel-gazing that the Goldbergs have sometimes inspired in scholars, Esfahani certainly draws numerous programmatic comparisons in his notes – hearing echoes of a Passion chorale here, a wind trio there and even linking some of the variations to Dante’s Inferno. Whatever one thinks of those images (such things are surely very subjective in cases like these), this is certainly a very pictorial set of Goldbergs. Uncluttered by excessive ornamentation and meticulously clear in phrasing (the neatness of the inner parts in Variation 16 is particularly noticeable), they demonstrate the sheer breadth of Esfahani’s musical palette.

In some movements the mood is richly melancholy, with Esfahani clearly having something of the organist’s technique about his fingerwork, producing a sustained tone (in Variations 2, 3 and 9 especially) that utterly dispels the schoolroom notion that the harpsichord is limited to detached sonorities. The next moment he may take us into more majestic realms, with the welcome addition of the octave coupler giving strength to the more pompous movements (notably Variations 4, 10, 22 and 29). Or he may decide to showcase his effortlessly virtuosic passagework – the running scales in Variations 5 and 20 seemingly the easiest thing in the world – again demonstrating a fineness of touch as he carefully brings out the melody from the cascade of notes.

Elsewhere we are treated to moments that are flamboyantly theatrical – Variation 16 starts with an unrepentantly ringing “clang” of a chord and pulls no punches, while the lute stop (always a favourite touch of mine) makes a welcome appearance in Variation 19, and in Variations 9 and 25 it feels like Esfahani is pushing the limits of how slowly he can play and still have the music hang together.

It’s an enormously colourful, varied journey, and “journey” definitely seems like the right term to use. When the Aria da capo comes round to finish the set, there’s a sense somehow that Esfahani is returning home, tired but happy after a long and scenic walk. Perhaps the very last appoggiatura is just a little indulgent in its suspension (as can be the case in the final bar of the St Matthew Passion), but after the vigorous musical workout of the preceding hour maybe a little indulgence has been earned!

Musical history abounds with examples of people who avoided tackling certain major milestones until they were ready. Beethoven with his first string quartet, Brahms with his first symphony – perhaps Esfahani has done the same in making us wait for his Goldbergs. Whatever the reason, it’s been well worth the wait; whatever your go-to recording of the Variations, I think this one can give it a run for its money. Now, about that Well-Tempered Clavier…!

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Bach, J S: Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

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Gramophone Editor's Choices – September 2016

September turns out to be a good month for Brahms, with vocal music from Matthias Goerne and Christoph Eschenbach and violin sonatas from Christian Teztlaff and Lars Vogt.

Kirill Gerstein, who recently appeared at the Proms with his interpretation of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto, gives us a powerful account of Liszt's Transcendental Etudes, and the late John Scott makes a double appearance with the choir of St Thomas, New York, singing choral works by Rachmaninov and Bruckner.

Browse through all this month's choices...

Daniela Dessì (1957-2016)

The Italian soprano Daniela Dessì has died at the age of 59. At the height of her vocal powers, she had made numerous roles her own with great success, from Puccini's Minnie to Mascagni's Santuzza, and even the title-role in Turandot.

She was in the process of establishing herself as a bel canto singer, having taken on Norma, Lucrezia Borgia and other such roles. She is survived by her tenor partner Fabio Armiliato, with whom she had formed numerous operatic partnerships on stage.

A full obituary can be found here.

Gramophone Awards 2016 – The Winners

The category winners of this year's Gramophone Awards where announced at the beginning of the week; among those scooping laurels are Andris Nelsons (for his Shostakovich with the Boston Symphony Orchestra), Igor Levit (for his mighty album of three sets of variations), and Antonio Pappano, Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann (for their acclaimed Aida with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia)...

Here are the 12 category winners for this year - the overall record of the year and other special awards will be announced at the ceremony on 15th September.

We're also offering special prices on all twelve winners - click here to browse through our special offer!

Presto Interview – Tomáš Netopil on Martinů's Ariane

At the end of last week a double helping of two rarely-heard Martinů works was released on Supraphon - conductor Tomáš Netopil paired the Double Concerto (fully double - featuring two orchestras!) with the single-act opera Ariane.

We're grateful to Supraphon, and their UK distributor RSK, for their permission to share some of Tomáš's thoughts about this new album.

Read the full article...

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

New Releases

26th August 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.

Emil Gilels: The Seattle Recital

Emil Gilels (piano)

On 6 December, 1964 the great Emil Gilels gave a tempestuously acclaimed recital at the Seattle Opera. The concert was recorded live for private purposes but with professional equipment. With the exception of a single work, this recital has never before been made available to the general public and is now being released for the first time.

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Atterberg: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

The final volume in Chandos's Atterberg series with Neeme Järvi and his Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra features two late, rarely performed symphonies. The seventh, featured here in its final, three-movement form, was written in 1942. His Ninth Symphony sets parts of the Old Icelandic poem Völuspá, recounting how evil came into the world and how in the end it will lead to total destruction.

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Gesualdo: Sacrae Cantiones

The Marian Consort, Rory McCleery

Marking Gesualdo's 450th birthday year, this idiomatic and committed reading by Rory McCleery and The Marian Consort of the composer’s five-voice motets invites us to marvel afresh at their pictorial immediacy, their surprising chromaticism, their melodic word-painting, and unique blend of melisma and homophony.

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Love Story: Piano Themes From Cinema’s Golden Age

Valentina Lisitsa (piano), BBC Concert Orchestra, Christopher Warren-Green, Gavin Sutherland

Valentina Lisitsa explores the music of cinema’s unparalleled golden era, performing the finest piano concerto music composed especially for film. These pieces were composed for movies of the 1940s and 1950s including Dangerous Moonlight, Stagefright, and The Apartment, as well as more modern scores such as Murder on the Orient Express, On Golden Pond, and Pride & Prejudice.

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Iván Fischer: Composer’s Portrait 1

Nora Fischer (soprano) & Wim Van Hasselt (trumpet), Budapest Festival Orchestra musicians & Kobra Vocal Ensemble

The conductor Iván Fischer has in recent times come increasingly to the fore as a composer. He began to compose when he was about twenty, writing in a rather avant-garde style fitting for that age, as he says. But it all came to an end as he became more and more absorbed by conducting. Some thirty years later, however, the urge to take up the pen again became irresistible. This CD presents a portrait of him as composer.

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Emil Gilels: The Complete RCA & Columbia Collection (7 CDs)

Emil Gilels (piano)

This set celebrates 100 Years of Emil Gilels (1916-1985). This is the first ever collection of Gilels's complete recordings for RCA and Columbia from 1955 to 1979, including the first release on CD of his recording of Schubert's Piano Sonata No. 14 from 1964, remastered from the original analogue tapes.

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The Originals Box - Legendary Recordings Volume 2 (50 CDs)

This second volume celebrating Deutsche Grammophon's flagship series, The Originals, presents more legendary analogue albums. Including key recordings such as Beethoven’s Late Sonatas with Pollini, Dvořák’s New World Symphony with Fricsay, Stravinsky with Boulez, and many others, including three complete operas: Böhm’s Le nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto with Giulini, and Der Freischütz under Carlos Kleiber.

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Rachmaninov: Troika (DVD)

Singers include: Kostas Smoriginas, Sergey Semishkur, Sergei Leiferkus, Dimitris Tiliakos, Anna Nechaeva, and others

Rachmaninov's three one-act operas presented here (Aleko, Francesca da Rimini, and The Miserly Knight), with libretti based on writings by Pushkin and Dante are linked by their theme: fate follows in the footsteps of sin, whether it be a matter of jealous murder, greed or illicit passion.

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24-Dec-2012 -Looking ahead to 2013 - Verdi, Britten and Wagner
17-Dec-2012 -Wispelwey and Schiff re-visit Bach
10-Dec-2012 -Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty from Neeme Järvi
03-Dec-2012 -Christmas roundup
26-Nov-2012 -Alexandre Tharaud: Le Boeuf sur le toit
19-Nov-2012 -Belcea Quartet launch their Beethoven cycle
12-Nov-2012 -Rare baroque vocal delights
05-Nov-2012 -Elgar and the First World War
29-Oct-2012 -Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies
22-Oct-2012 -George Hurst
15-Oct-2012 -Mission: Cecilia Bartoli
08-Oct-2012 -Alison Balsom: Sound The Trumpet
01-Oct-2012 -Vox Luminis’s Schütz disc wins Gramophone Record of the Year
24-Sep-2012 -Glenn Gould
17-Sep-2012 -Tchaikovsky’s Early Symphonies
10-Sep-2012 -Mozart’s Don Giovanni
03-Sep-2012 -Stephen Hough's French Album
27-Aug-2012 -Mendelssohn's Elijah from McCreesh
20-Aug-2012 -Carmen from Berlin with Kaufmann and Kožená
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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