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 Interview, Anna Bonitatibus on 'En Travesti'

The Italian mezzo talks to Katherine about her album exploring the history of the trouser-role in opera over three centuries.

Katherine Cooper

 Interview, Michael Barenboim on Italian music for solo violin

The violinist talks to Katherine about his new album of works by Sciarrino, Tartini, Berio & Paganini.

Katherine Cooper

 Obituary, Jóhann Jóhannsson

The Icelandic composer, best known for his film scores including The Theory of Everything, has died aged 48.

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Murray Perahia plays Beethoven's Hammerklavier and Moonlight Sonatas

For the first time in his illustrious career, Murray Perahia turns his attention to Beethoven's monumental Hammerklavier sonata, alongside the ever-popular Moonlight sonata.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 9th February 2018

Bliss from Andrew Davis, Haydn from Simon Rattle, Mozart from Daniel Hope, and a collection of Elgar's neglected choral works.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Joseph Calleja on Verdi

Katherine talks to the Maltese tenor about his new album of arias from operas including Otello, Il trovatore, Don Carlo and Aida.

Katherine Cooper

 Interview, Mark Viner on Alkan

The young British pianist talks to Katherine about the music of the eccentric Parisian pianist-composer, which he's championed throughout his career.

Katherine Cooper

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - February 2018

Chris introduces this month's selection, headed by two titans of the keyboard joining forces in Stravinsky.

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Verdi albums from Joseph Calleja and Sonya Yoncheva

The Maltese tenor and Bulgarian soprano triumph in their explorations of the composer's more dramatic roles.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 2nd February 2018

Stravinsky from Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin, Prokofiev from Lisa Batiashvili and Brahms from Thomas Dausgaard.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Franco Fagioli on Handel

Katherine talks to the Argentinian countertenor about his new album of arias from operas including Serse, Rinaldo and Ariodante - the latter previously unrecorded by this voice-type.

Katherine Cooper

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

Katherine's personal highlights of the month include music by Gounod, Martinů and Copland, plus a star turn from Joyce DiDonato gamely sending herself up in Jake Heggie's new opera about an American diva resurrecting a bel canto rarity.

Katherine Cooper

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - January 2018

David introduces the best of the month's hi-res downloads, including recordings from Mariss Jansons, Jiří Bělohlávek, Riccardo Chailly and Leonard Bernstein.

David Smith

 Awards, Grammy Winners 2018

Chris introduces the winning classical albums from this year's ceremony, which took place last night in Manhattan.

Chris O'Reilly

 Coming Soon, Robin Ticciati's Brahms and other forthcoming highlights

Ten enticing upcoming releases from artists including Christian Thielemann, Andris Nelsons, Yvgeny Sudbin and Anita Rachvelishvili.

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Alexander Melnikov plays four pieces on four different pianos

James listens to a fascinating new disc from pianist Alexander Melnikov, who performs four pieces of music by Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, and Stravinsky, on four different pianos.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 26th January 2018

Mozart from Piotr Anderszewski, Lully from Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques, Bartók from Pablo Heras-Casado, and a warmly engaging debut from teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Chris O'Reilly

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - February 2018 Choices

Chris introduces the February front-runners, with an incendiary account of Tchaikovsky's Pathétique Symphony leading the way as Recording of the Month.

Chris O'Reilly

 Awards, Recordings of the Year 2017 - Photo Gallery

A selection of our 2017 winners with their awards!

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Angela Gheorghiu on Tosca and Eternamente

Katherine talks to the Romanian soprano about returning to one of her signature-roles at Covent Garden this week, and her new album of verismo arias on Warner Classics.

Katherine Cooper