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 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 22nd June 2018

Mendelssohn from Iván Fischer, Bruch from Joshua Bell, Debussy from Pablo Heras-Casado, and the continuation of Naïve’s Vivaldi Edition.

Katherine Cooper

 Interview, Francesco Piemontesi on Liszt

The pianist talks to David about the first instalment of Années de pélerinage, which was our Recording of the Week a fortnight ago.

David Smith

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - July 2018

Chris introduces this month's selection, with an ingenious exploration of the young Mozart's visit to London in the top spot as Recording of the Month.

Chris O'Reilly

 Obituary, Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018)

The Russian conductor has died aged 87.

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Haydn's 'Lamentatione' from Giovanni Antonini

The Milanese conductor continues his mammoth survey of Haydn's complete symphonies with the 'Lamentatione' and 'Alleluia', performed by the Kammerorchester Basel.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 15th June 2018

Beethoven from Cuarteto Casals, Stravinsky from the LSO Chamber Ensemble, a Verdi rarity from La Scala, and a centenary documentary on the great Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson.

Chris O'Reilly

 Coming Soon, Barrie Kosky's Meistersinger and other forthcoming highlights

The Australian director’s thoughtful new production from the 2017 Bayreuth Festival, plus Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s La clemenza di Tito (starring Marina Rebeka, Joyce DiDonato and Rolando Villazón), and a dream of an English song programme from Dame Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton.

Katherine Cooper

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - July 2018 Choices

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, the Silesian Quartet, and Emmanuel Pahud.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Owain Park on English Motets

Conductor Owain Park talks to David about his recent album of English Tudor gems with the Gesualdo Six.

David Smith

 Recording of the Week, Francesco Piemontesi performs piano music by Franz Liszt

James listens to a turbulent account of the Première année in Liszt's piano cycle Années de pèlerinage from Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 8th June 2018

Dohnányi from the Nash Ensemble, Charpentier from Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen, Handel (and possibly others!) from The Brook Street Band, and jazz standards from Thomas Quasthoff.

Katherine Cooper

 Interview, Alec Frank-Gemmill on Before Mozart

Horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill talks to David about his recent album exploring some gems from the early horn repertoire.

David Smith

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - June 2018

A collection of RCA Victor and Columbia recordings celebrating Bernstein the pianist, Beethoven cycles from Philippe Herreweghe and Quartetto di Cremona, and boxes devoted to Tchaikovsky, Gounod and Reger.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Federico Colli on Domenico Scarlatti

The Italian pianist talks to Katherine about The Power of Illusion, the first instalment of his projected survey of the Neapolitan composer's keyboard sonatas.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Xiayin Wang performs piano concertos by Ginastera

Chandos's survey of Ginastera's orchestral music concludes with the Piano Concerto No. 1 and other works performed by pianist Xiayin Wang and the BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 1st June 2018

Elgar from Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Das Rheingold from Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé, La clemenza di Tito from last summer’s Glyndebourne Festival, and a dream-inspired recital from Stephen Hough.

Chris O'Reilly

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - May 2018

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for May, with Keith Warner's 2017 Covent Garden production of Otello (starring Jonas Kaufmann in the title-role) in the lead...

Chris O'Reilly

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

Britten and Pears from the BBC archives, a atmospheric Roussel triptych from the BBC Philharmonic and Yan Pascal Tortelier, and a fascinating pairing of two Finnish violin concertos.

Katherine Cooper

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - May 2018

Includes new releases from Ádám Fischer, Nigel Kennedy, the Latvian Radio Choir, and Federico Colli - plus reissues of classic recordings from Claudio Abbado, Leonard Rose and Herbert von Karajan.

David Smith

 Interview, Paweł Łukaszewski on Daylight Declines

The eminent Polish composer talks to David about Tenebrae's forthcoming album featuring a selection of his sacred choral compositions.

David Smith