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 Recording of the Week, Yo-Yo Ma records Bach's Cello Suites for the third and final time

The Chinese-American cellist returns to works which he describes as his 'constant musical companions' in interpretations of uncommon freshness and spontaneity.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 17th August 2018

Beethoven from the Elias Quartet, Mendelssohn from Anima Eterna Brugge, a friends-and-family affair from Mischa Maisky, and a fascinating collection of chamber works from the Russian-British composer Alissa Firsova.

Chris O'Reilly

 Coming Soon, Rossini's Semiramide and other forthcoming vocal highlights

Rossini's Babylonian opera presented uncut and on period instruments, plus new releases from Cecilia Bartoli, Joyce DiDonato, Stuart Skelton and Barbara Hannigan.

Katherine Cooper

 Interview, Christian Lindberg on Stenhammar

The Swedish conductor talks to David about his new recording of Stenhammar's mighty Second Symphony with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.

David Smith

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - September 2018

Chris introduces this month's selection, with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's centenary tribute to their former Honorary President Leonard Bernstein taking pride of place as Recording of the Month.

Chris O'Reilly

 Awards, Gramophone Awards 2018 - the top three in each category

The final contenders in each of the ten genres were revealed this morning…

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Music by Haydn and Schoenberg from cellist Alisa Weilerstein

James listens to energetic, vital accounts of Haydn's two cello concertos from Alisa Weilerstein, coupled with an expressively radiant performance of Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 10th August 2018

Penderecki from Anne-Sophie Mutter, Bernstein from Antonio Pappano, Mozart from Daniel Barenboim and friends/family, plus the first commercial recording of an English Romantic opera conducted by Richard Bonynge.

Katherine Cooper

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - September 2018 Choices

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from trombonist and BBC Young Musician of the Year Peter Moore, Sandrine Piau, Christopher Purves, and the Jerusalem Quartet.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Costantino Mastroprimiano on Hummel

The pianist talks to David about his recently-completed set of sonatas by the great Central European composer.

David Smith

 Interview, Antonio Pappano on Bernstein

Ahead of the Bernstein centenary later this month, the conductor talks to Katherine about recording his three symphonies with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (out this Friday on Warner Classics).

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Rachmaninov's Études-tableaux from Steven Osborne

Katherine is mesmerised by the Scottish pianist’s introspective but evocative accounts of Rachmaninov’s two sets of ‘study-pictures’, out now on Hyperion.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 3rd August 2018

New releases from the Binchois Consort, lutenist Jakob Lindberg, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, plus Georg Solti's Tannhäuser in 5.1 surround sound and the complete Decca recordings of Alicia De Larrocha.

Chris O'Reilly

 Awards, Gramophone Awards 2018 Shortlist

The sixty shortlisted recordings (half a dozen in each of ten categories) for this year’s Awards have just been revealed…

Chris O'Reilly

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - July 2018

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for July, with the third instalment of Andris Nelsons's Shostakovich cycle from Boston in first place.

Chris O'Reilly

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - July 2018

A nocturnal English song recital from Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton, a compelling new opera from an octogenarian composer, and a bracing Alpine adventure from Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Katherine Cooper

 Coming Soon, Benjamin Appl's Bach and other forthcoming highlights

Also includes recital-albums from Thomas Hampson and Thomas Allen, Mahler from Simon Rattle, and Deborah Warner’s striking production of Billy Budd from the Teatro Real Madrid.

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Wagner's Die Meistersinger from Bayreuth, directed by Barrie Kosky

Katherine reviews the Australian director's complex but illuminating 2017 production, which places the composer himself at the heart of the action.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 27th July 2018

New releases from Steven Osborne and Mariss Jansons, plus the complete string quartets of James MacMillan and a newly-remastered set of Karl Böhm’s legendary recordings of the Mozart symphonies.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Allan Clayton on Brett Dean's Hamlet

Following on from our interview with the composer earlier this week, Katherine talks to the English tenor about bringing this new incarnation of Shakespeare's 'sweet prince' to life.

Katherine Cooper