Presto News - 24th March 2017

Paul McCreesh conducts Haydn's The Seasons

Whenever I have to put my foot down and ration the amount of air-time which a new recording receives in the Presto office, it’s almost always an excellent sign – the most common scenario is that one or more of my colleagues have fallen so hard for something that they’d happily play it on loop for weeks, oblivious to the dozens of other new titles clamouring for our collective attention.

Paul McCreesh
Paul McCreesh

And so it was with Paul McCreesh’s spectacularly upcycled version of Haydn’s The Seasons, out today on Signum: certain people got so addicted to the adrenaline-rush provided by ten horns (yes, really) blasting out the hunting-scene from ‘Autumn’ a la Mahler or Bruckner that on one occasion I could hear their tally-hoes from the café across the street!

You may remember that my colleague David interviewed Paul last week about the process of re-translating the libretto (rather than using the somewhat idiosyncratic existing English text by Gottfried van Swieten) and the joys of hearing this music for this first time with the large choral and orchestral forces which Haydn would have deployed when performing the work in Vienna. Well, McCreesh’s new translation is a triumph, and will surely have an illustrious career beyond this recording: the awkwardness and archness of the older version (which often sounded like it’d been through google-translate and back again several times!) have been stripped away, and in its place we have something that sounds authentically eighteenth-century without being stilted or mannered. It’s clearly eminently singable as well, coming across with such clarity that I didn’t have to refer to the booklet-text once, and the soloists (particularly Andrew Foster-Williams, who grabs attention from the off with his description of departing Winter’s ‘blust’ry ruffians’) relish every nuance.

All three soloists are peerless, offering vibrant, text-alert singing throughout but never over-egging the pudding; Foster-Williams is endearingly bluff and rustic without lapsing into central-casting yokel territory, and is particularly delightful in his autumnal depiction of a hunting-dog stalking his prey. Carolyn Sampson’s vernal soprano is the ideal vehicle for the ‘simple country-maid’ Hannah, singing with heart-stopping delicacy in her apotheoses to Spring and Summer, and bringing a sense of earthy wit worthy of Susanna in Mozart’s Figaro to the ‘Winter’s Tale’ of a village-girl who outwits a predatory squire by sending him to check that the coast’s clear for a roll in the hay before leaping on his horse and galloping away while his back’s turned.

Her autumnal duet with tenor Jeremy Ovenden (which, as McCreesh says, is first cousin to the Papageno/Papagena scene in Die Zauberflöte in its ebullient celebration of simple pastoral love and rejection of urban ‘mincing dandies’) is another highlight, striking just the right balance of tenderness and humour and avoiding any hint of twee sentimentality. Ovenden is especially compelling later on when invoking the ‘ruthless, glacial savageness’ of Winter (now I want to hear him sing Winterreise) – when this Wanderer finally spots the friendly lights of his homestead, he and McCreesh make the music flare into such immediate warmth that I literally breathed a sigh of relief and pulled the curtains! No-one, it seems, does hygge quite like Haydn and McCreesh.

One of the great joys of this recording is the huge dynamic and emotional range afforded by the expanded forces – the introspective recitatives (with continuo pared right down to the bare minimum in many instances) are, in their way, as spine-tingling as the 70-strong chorus belting out their lusty paeans to wine, women and weather. I will concede, though, that that all-guns-blazing hunt-scene has to be an early contender for Track of the Year.

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Haydn: The Seasons

Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Jeremy Ovenden (tenor), Andrew Foster-Williams (bass), Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Wrocław Philharmonic Choir, Gabrieli Consort, Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh

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Bruckner from Andris Nelsons and other forthcoming highlights

The latest in our series of articles picking out the most exciting new releases now available for pre-order - there are so many new discs out each week that we've decided to give ourselves the pleasant job of sifting through them in search of the best, the most anticipated and the most intriguing.

Browse through all our selected upcoming releases...

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Organist Stephen Farr's latest album surveys the entire organ output of the Scottish composer Kenneth Leighton - lyrical and dissonant in equal measure, often with strong religious themes, and always powerful.

David talks to Stephen about the challenges and complexities of recording this music, and about Leighton's writing for the instrument.

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BBC Music Magazine April Choices

Chris introduces the BBC Music Magazine April Choices - the month's top recording in each of six genres, plus the overall disc of the month.

Several releases that have previously won over the Presto team have evidently worked the same magic at the BBC this month - Andrew Davis's thoughtful Vaughan Williams, John Eliot Gardiner's sparkling Mendelssohn and Lisa Batiashvili's double-bill of concertos with Daniel Barenboim all feature in April's choices.

Browse through all this month's choices...

March 2017 Hi-Res Round-Up

David introduces the next in our series of articles picking out the very best of our Hi-Res downloads - now numbering nearly eight and a half thousand albums and growing all the time.

Read on for new releases, recent reissues of the great performances of the last century, and recordings of the core repertoire without which no library would be complete - all in glorious Hi-Res sound!

We’ve listed this month's selections here; you can also view all our Hi-Res downloads here.

Katherine Cooper - katherine.cooper@prestoclassical.co.uk

New Releases

24th March 2017

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.

Rostropovich: Cellist of the Century (40 CDs & 3 DVDs)

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

The phenomenal richness of Rostropovich's life and art is expressed in this magnificent 43-disc set, curated in close collaboration with Rostropovich’s daughters Elena and Olga. Many rare photos and documents enrich the 200-page hardback book that forms part of the set.

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Schubert: Fantasie in F Minor & other piano duets

Andreas Staier, Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano)

In his brief life Schubert devoted 32 compositions to the four-hands piano genre. Three are incontestable masterpieces: the Variations D813, the Fantasie D940 and the Rondo D951. All three date from the composer’s final years, a period that gave birth to his most accomplished works.

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Elgar & Tchaikovsky: Cello Works

Johannes Moser (cello), L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Andrew Manze

The profoundly moving, elegiac lyricism of Elgar and the wistful charm and brilliance of Tchaikovsky are on display in this new release from the German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Andrew Manze.

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Takács Quartet - Beethoven Complete String Quartets (7 CDs + Bonus DVD)

Takács Quartet

Since its formation in 1975, the Takács Quartet has been recognised as one of the world’s leading string quartets. They recorded the complete Beethoven String Quartets for Decca between 2002 and 2004, and are now presented together for the first time on 7 CDs, 1 Blu-ray Audio disc, and a bonus DVD.

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Nielsen: Flute & Clarinet Concertos

Samuel Coles (flute), Mark Van de Wiel (clarinet), Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

The Philharmonia Orchestra and Paavo Järvi perform two of Nielsen's characteristically fiery concertos. Orchestral principals Samuel Coles (flute) and Mark van de Wiel (clarinet) step up as the intrepid soloists.

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Beneath the northern star: The rise of English polyphony, 1270-1430

The Orlando Consort

This new album from The Orlando Consort charts the radical development of music between the late thirteenth and mid fifteenth centuries - the transition from what is in essence embellished chant to the extraordinary mathematical intricacies of experimental polyphony.

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Lully: Persée (1770 Version)

Nearly a century after its composition, Lully's Persée was recreated in 1770 to mark the inauguration of the Royal Opera House at Versailles. For this occasion, three composers were commissioned to revise Lully's work and adapt it to the new circumstances. This recording by Le Concert Spirituel and Hervé Niquet recreates the 1770 performance, recorded at Versailles Palace in 2016.

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New York Philharmonic – 175th Anniversary Edition (65 CDs)

Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the New York Philharmonic, America’s oldest symphony orchestra, comes this set of 65 CDs of famous New York Philharmonic performances conducted by many of its most renowned music directors, from the very first recording in 1917 up to 1995. 20 recordings appear for the first time on CD, remastered from the original discs and tapes using 24 bit / 192 kHz technology.

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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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