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 Interview, Masaaki Suzuki on Beethoven's Missa solemnis

The Japanese conductor and early-music expert talks to David about his recent recording of Beethoven's mighty Missa Solemnis with the Bach Collegium Japan.

David Smith

 Interview, Hugo Ticciati on White Light

The violinist talks to Katherine about the genesis of his ensemble O/Modernt and their debut recording, featuring music from Arvo Pärt to the Beatles.

Katherine Cooper

 Awards, International Opera Awards 2018 - The Winners!

The results of last night's ceremony at the London Coliseum.

Katherine Cooper

 Interview, Introducing Thomas Ebenstein

The Austrian tenor talks to Katherine about his debut recording of Korngold, Schoenberg, Zemlinsky and Strauss, out now on Capriccio.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Paul Lewis performs piano sonatas by Haydn

James listens to the first instalment in a survey of Haydn's piano sonatas by Paul Lewis.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 6th April 2018

Walton from Edward Gardner and James Ehnes, Brahms from Benjamin Appl and Graham Johnson, Crusell from Michael Collins, and two newly-curated collections of Teresa Berganza in Mozart, Rossini and more.

Chris O'Reilly

 Awards, BBC Music Magazine Awards 2018 - The Winners!

A live update from the ceremony in Kings Place - all is revealed…

Chris O'Reilly

 Coming Soon, Jonas Kaufmann's Otello and other forthcoming highlights

The German tenor's first portrayal of Verdi's 'Lion of Venice', plus new releases from Ádám Fischer, Osmo Vänskä, Stephen Hough and Tenebrae.

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Bach from William Christie and Beethoven from Masaaki Suzuki

Two veteran early music specialists venture into new territory: William Christie conducts Bach's Mass in B minor and Masaaki Suzuki turns to Beethoven's Missa solemnis.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 30th March 2018

Messiaen from Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Haydn from Paul Lewis, the final instalment of a distinguished Mozart series, and a Grieg recording premiere are among today's releases.

Chris O'Reilly

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

A spellbinding journey to hell and back in the company of Stéphane Degout and Raphaël Pichon, an absorbing snapshot of Brian Ferneyhough’s career, and a slimmed-down Werther from Zurich…

Katherine Cooper

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - April 2018

A superb Rachmaninov double-bill from Mariss Jansons and his Bavarian orchestra comes out on top this month, with honourable mentions for pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Martin Helmchen and the young Persian-Austrian cellist Kian Soltani.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Sakari Oramo on Florent Schmitt

The conductor talks to Katherine about recording the Alsatian composer's Symphony No. 2 and Antoine et Cléopâtre on Chandos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Bartók's Violin Concertos from Renaud Capuçon

Renaud Capuçon performs Bartók's two violin concertos, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra under conductor François-Xavier Roth.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 23rd March

Prokofiev from Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan, Brahms from Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Vaughan Williams from Andrew Manze and the Liverpool Philharmonic.

Chris O'Reilly

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - April 2018 Choices

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Polina Leschenko, Michael Barenboim, and the late Jiří Bělohlávek with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Robin Ticciati on Brahms's Symphonies

The conductor talks to Katherine about his final recording as Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, out this Friday on Linn Records.

Katherine Cooper

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - March 2018

Includes new releases from King's College Choir, Stile Antico and Onyx Brass, plus HD re-issues of Gérard Souzay in Debussy and Bernstein conducting and playing Mahler lieder.

David Smith

 Favourites, Christa Ludwig at 90

Katherine celebrates the great German mezzo's ninetieth birthday by picking out ten favourite recordings from her long and varied career.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Alfred Brendel performs music by Schumann and Brahms

Live recordings by Alfred Brendel of Schumann's Piano Concerto and Brahms's Handel Variations have been made available on disc for the first time.

James Longstaffe