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 Interview, Brett Dean on Hamlet

The Australian composer talks to Katherine about the genesis of his acclaimed 2017 Shakespearean opera, filmed at Glyndebourne last summer and now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Opus Arte.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Vivaldi Double Concertos from Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima

Adrian Chandler and his acclaimed team of baroque instrumentalists present a sparkling selection of Vivaldi's unique double concerti.

David Smith

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 20th July 2018

Strauss from Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Brahms from Mario Venzago, Shostakovich from Mikhail Pletnev, and the world premiere recording of an absorbing new opera by Aribert Reimann.

Katherine Cooper

 Interview, Mark Dourish on De Profundis

The founder and director of Cambridge-based early music specialists De Profundis talks about the group's second album of Renaissance treasures for lower voices, released at the end of June on Hyperion.

David Smith

 Interview, Jan Bartoš on Beethoven

The Czech pianist shares his thoughts on his new Beethoven album, out now on Supraphon.

Katherine Cooper

 Coming Soon, Barenboim's Brahms Symphonies and other forthcoming highlights

The conductor's second complete Brahms cycle, recorded in Berlin last autumn, plus new releases from Bryn Terfel, Mischa Maisky, Leif Ove Andsnes and Vivica Genaux.

Chris O'Reilly

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - August 2018

Chris introduces this month's selection, with the original 1863 version of Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles out in front as Recording of the Month.

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Mozart's La clemenza di Tito from Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Marina Rebeka and Joyce DiDonato strike sparks off one another as Vitellia and Sesto in a terrific new recording of Mozart's final opera, with Rolando Villazón as the idealistic emperor against whom they conspire.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 13th July 2018

Rare operas by Rameau and Thea Musgrave, plus Beethoven from Trio Goya and octets from the soloists' ensemble of La Scala.

Chris O'Reilly

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - August 2018 Choices

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from Llŷr Williams, Alexander Melnikov, Florilegium, and Vox Luminis with Ensembles Masques.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Robert Hollingworth on Vivanco's Missa Assumpsit Jesus

Conductor and musicologist Robert Hollingworth talks polyphony, period performance and pitch (and his new recording of Spanish Renaissance music with male-voice ensemble De Profundis).

David Smith

 Obituary, Oliver Knussen (1952-2018)

The British composer and conductor, best known for his two children’s operas Where The Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! and for his tireless championing of music by his contemporaries, has died aged 66.

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Shostakovich Symphonies 4 & 11 from Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra offer highly characterful and stunningly-performed accounts of Shostakovich's Fourth and Eleventh Symphonies.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 6th July 2018

Haydn from Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Mozart from Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Rolando Villazón, Joyce DiDonato and Marina Rebeka, a Philip Glass premiere, and Spanish polyphony from Robert Hollingworth and De Profundis.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Christopher Purves on Handel

The British bass-baritone talks to Katherine about the second volume of 'Finest Arias for Base Voice', out now on Hyperion.

Katherine Cooper

 Interview, Duncan Ferguson on William Mundy

Conductor Duncan Ferguson talks to David about his latest release on Delphian with the choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, which focuses on the majestic choral works of William Mundy.

David Smith

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - June 2018

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for June, with Buxtehude's Abendmusiken from Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis and Ensemble Masques in first place.

Chris O'Reilly

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

Revelatory Debussy from Alexander Melnikov, a Mahlerian Midsummer Night’s Dream from Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and another nocturnal box of delights from Stephen Hough.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, John Adams's Doctor Atomic, conducted by the composer

John Adams conducts Gerald Finley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the first audio recording of his 2005 opera, Doctor Atomic.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 29th June 2018

Handel from Christopher Purves and Grace Davidson, a second instalment of Stravinsky from Ilya Gringolts, Suk from Jonathan Plowright, and Brett Dean’s Hamlet on DVD and Blu-ray.

Chris O'Reilly