Presto News - 28th July 2017

Elīna Garanča sings the title role in Donizetti's La Favorite

You wait 175 years for a DVD of La Favorite and then two come along in quick succession. Donizetti’s 1840 grand opera about a worldly king’s mistress who falls in love with a monk and is tragically rejected by him once he discovers her past received its first complete filmed outing only two years ago in a handsome Christian Lacroix-costumed production from Toulouse; now there’s stiff competition in this gloriously sung new version from the Bavarian State Opera, released last week on Deutsche Grammophon, with Elīna Garanča in the title-role and Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecień as the men between whom she’s torn. Amélie Niermeyer’s unfussy and beautifully lit production places the action in a loosely contemporary setting, without any intrusive konzept but with sufficient depth and emotional nuance to make the revival of this neglected score feel like a living, breathing drama rather than a worthy bit of operatic exhumation.

Elīna Garanča in La Favorite
Elīna Garanča in La Favorite

The role of Léonor seems tailor-made for Garanča, who’s used the great Act III scene ‘O mon Fernand’ as a calling-card on several recital-discs but never sung the whole thing on stage until now: as her voice has grown darker and heavier in recent years, it’s sometimes nudged her into roles which sit oddly with her rather cool dramatic temperament (Carmen and Santuzza spring to mind), but her detached elegance and regal hauteur are ideal for this high-end trophy-mistress whose survival has depended on concealing the passions which bubble beneath the surface. (That she bears more than a passing resemblance to Grace Kelly helps, though it’s a pity that her glacial glamour wasn’t more fully exploited by the costume-designer – the frumpy pastel trouser-suits assigned to the heroine and her ladies-in-waiting in the first two acts do no-one any favours).

Niermeyer plays to her leading lady’s strengths, emphasising Léonor’s aloof disillusionment with the king and with her role as mistress: she barely tolerates the puppyish infatuation of Kwiecień’s Alphonse (in contrast to the statesman-like nobility of Ludovic Tézier in the Toulouse production, Kwiecień plays him as a volatile man-child who just happens to wield immense power). Their dead-in-the-water relationship’s brilliantly if uncomfortably portrayed in the Act II ballet, which becomes an upscale ‘Netflix and chill’ session with Kwiecień switching between awkward attempts at cosy domesticity and crude sexual advances, both of which fall on stony ground as the ill-matched couple respond in entirely different ways to whatever extravaganza’s playing out on their widescreen TV. When she finally lets her guard down in that great Act Three monologue, the emotional impact is heightened by the restraint that’s gone before, and she’s devastatingly vulnerable in her extended death-scene in the final act. It almost goes without saying that the music fits her like a glove, showcasing the smoky lower register of the voice and its gleaming top to perfection, as well as her ability to spin long bel canto lines.

Polenzani, too, sings as if to the manner born, delivering heart-stopping pianissimo top notes and weightless legato in his two big arias: like Kwiecień (who also acquits himself wonderfully on the vocal front), he’s making his role-debut here, but he sounds like he’s been singing this music for years (perhaps not so surprising given his previous successes in other serious Donizetti like the title-role in Roberto Devereux and Leicester in Maria Stuarda). He and Kwiecień have form when it comes to playing two sides of an eternal triangle, as anyone who caught their marvellous Met Pearl-Fishers will remember, and they spark off one another quite wonderfully in their great Act III confrontation in which Alphonse abruptly orders a shotgun wedding between his mistress and his rival. There’s a performance of blazing conviction, too, from the young Finnish bass Mika Kares as the fanatical Balthazar, superior monk and uncle to the Spanish queen whom Alphonse wishes to divorce for Léonor (shades of Henry VIII here, appropriately enough given Donizetti’s Tudor fixation!): definitely one to watch, and possibly a fine Wagnerian in the making.

There’s another performance with this cast at the Munich Opera Festival tomorrow evening, followed by a revival there next spring; it’s a city I’ve always wanted to visit and I can’t think of a better pretext.

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Donizetti: La Favorite (DVD)

Elīna Garanča (Léonor de Guzman), Matthew Polenzani (Fernand), Mariusz Kwiecień (Alphonse XI), Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Karel Mark Chichon

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Donizetti: La Favorite (Blu-ray)

Elīna Garanča (Léonor de Guzman), Matthew Polenzani (Fernand), Mariusz Kwiecień (Alphonse XI), Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Karel Mark Chichon

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Presto CD – 25 new Sony and RCA titles

A slightly smaller batch of Presto CDs than usual, but with no less impressive a list of names - Yo-Yo Ma plays some of the greatest Romantic works for cello, Nathalie Stutzmann sings Brahms and Handel, and Emanuel Ax shows his flexibility as both a soloist and a chamber musician.

The historic Tel Aviv meeting of the Israel and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras in 1990 also features, as does Evelyn Glennie's debut recording Rhythm Song. There's also a stunning recording of Richard Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra and Don Juan from the London Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas.

We’ve listed the latest batch here; you can also view all our Presto CDs here.

Presto interview – Stephen Cleobury on the restored organ of King's College Chapel

Anyone with an interest in the venerable Anglican choral tradition may have noticed that for the past nine months there's been something missing at King's College, Cambridge - the organ has been undergoing extensive renovation.

Now restored to its rightful place at the heart of the chapel and its music-making, the new instrument is proudly shown off by Director of Music Stephen Cleobury in his latest album.

David spoke to Stephen about the process of rebuilding this historic instrument, and how the results have turned out.

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July boxed set round-up

This month's highlights include more birthday celebrations, with milestone tributes to Daniel Barenboim, who turns 75 this year, and Vladimir Ashkenazy (hitting 80 this month) - plus treasured historical recordings by Arthur Grumiaux and Fritz Busch, and Walter Gieseking's remastered Bach from the 1950s.

Browse through all this month's choices...

Les Troyens from John Nelson and other forthcoming highlights

Hot on the heels of last week's peek ahead, there are already more exciting releases in the pipeline to look forward to!

A recital-disc from star tenor Michael Spyres accompanies his appearance as Énée in Berlioz's epic Les Troyens, Semyon Bychkov's Tchaikovsky project continues to go from strength to strength, and rising piano star George Li makes his debut on disc with Warner.

Browse through all our selected upcoming releases...

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

New Releases

28th July 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.

Richard Strauss: Tone Poems, Volume 4 - Eine Alpensinfonie and Don Juan

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, François-Xavier Roth

Francois–Xavier Roth is one of the most charismatic and enterprising conductors of his generation. In September 2011 he took on the role of Principal Conductor of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg with his debut at the Donaueschinger Musiktage.

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The Romantic Piano Concerto 72 - Cipriani Potter

Howard Shelley (piano & conductor), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Volume 72 of Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series comes to the rescue of yet another neglected figure with three first recordings courtesy of Howard Shelley and his Tasmanian forces. Composer, pianist, writer and educator, London-born Cipriani Potter was encouraged by Beethoven and admired by Wagner.

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Reger: Clarinet Sonatas

Michael Collins (clarinet), Michael McHale (piano)

Michael Collins and Michael McHale here present a new volume in their exploration of the lyrical clarinet repertoire. The Brahms-influenced, essentially lyrical and tender works recorded here contrast particularly with the more familiar, contrapuntally rich organ music usually associated with Reger.

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John Sheppard: Media vita

Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker

Even by the standards of Tudor England, in which masterpieces of choral polyphony appear to have been virtually an everyday occurrence, there is something uniquely and intensely compelling about the surviving works of John Sheppard. This is music designed to be sung by liturgical professionals, and none rise to its demands quite like Westminster Cathedral Choir.

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John Pickard: 16 Sunrises & Symphony No. 5

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Martyn Brabbins

Born in 1963, John Pickard is best known for a series of powerful orchestral and instrumental works. The present disc brings together some of his most recent orchestral compositions, in performances by two of his long-time collaborators: the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Martyn Brabbins.

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Walter Gieseking: Complete Bach Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (7 CDs)

Walter Gieseking’s Bach interpretations have long been celebrated and are still praised as being modern and contemporary. His legendary 1950 broadcasts, later released on the Heliodor label, included many of Bach’s important works such as The Well-Tempered Clavier, Partitas and Inventions. For the first time, Deutsche Grammophon presents all these recordings, newly remastered, in one original jackets collection.

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Myung-Whun Chung: French Music (11 CDs)

Myung-Whun Chung conducts the Orchestre de l’Opéra Bastille, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and others in a collection of French orchestral music, including works by Berlioz, Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Messiaen, and others.

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Rossini: Guillaume Tell (DVD)

Gerald Finley (Guillaume Tell), Malin Byström (Mathilde), John Osborn (Arnold Melchtal), Sofia Fomina (Jemmy), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor)

Rossini’s final opera, here performed in its original French, is one of his most outstanding, and is packed with glorious arias, choruses and ensembles. The exciting young Italian director Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a spectacular and thought-provoking production.

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14-Jan-2013 -Little Britten
07-Jan-2013 -Mendelssohn from the Quatuor Ebène
31-Dec-2012 -2012 Goodbyes and Discs of the Year
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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