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 Interview, Sheku Kanneh-Mason on Inspiration

The award-winning teenage cellist talks to Katherine about his wide-ranging debut album on Decca, and his remarkable career to date.

Katherine Cooper

 Awards, BBC Music Magazine Awards 2018: Shortlist

The nominations are in and voting is open!

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Shostakovich from Paavo Järvi’s Estonian Festival Orchestra

Katherine is impressed by the bracing, visceral playing of the Estonian conductor's summer festival band, making their recording debut with two works by Shostakovich.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 19th January 2018

Mahler from Mariss Jansons, a superb Winterreise from Mark Padmore and Kristian Bezuidenhout, and Dvořák from the Jerusalem Quartet and guests are among the pick of today's new recordings.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Clare Howick on British violin music

The violinist talks to Katherine about her world premiere recordings of concertos by Gordon Jacob, Kenneth Leighton and Paul Patterson.

Katherine Cooper

 Interview, Jake Heggie on It's A Wonderful Life

The American composer talks to Katherine about his opera based on Frank Capra's classic 1946 film, released on Pentatone at the end of last year.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Riccardo Chailly conducts a world premiere recording of music by Stravinsky

James enjoys a stunning new disc of orchestral music by Stravinsky, including the world premiere recording of a recently-discovered early work, Chant funèbre.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 12th January 2018

Today's highlights include breathtaking Handel from Franco Fagioli, peerless Bach from Isabelle Faust and Kristian Bezuidenhout, and a new Jake Heggie opera starring Joyce DiDonato in the title-role.

Katherine Cooper

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - January 2018

This month's collections include Karl Böhm's complete vocal recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, a comprehensive Debussy anniversary box, and an 80th- birthday tribute to Swiss soprano Edith Mathis.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Gawain Glenton on Music in a Cold Climate

David talks to the director of In Echo about their new recording of music from Hanseatic Europe, plus a world premiere blending old and new idioms.

David Smith

 Recording of the Week, Edward Gardner conducts the incidental music from Grieg's Peer Gynt

Katherine embarks on a thrilling journey to the Hall of the Mountain-King in the company of Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 5th January 2018

One of Jiří Bělohlávek's final recordings, the third instalment of John Wilson's exceptional Copland series, and a rarity by Elizabeth Maconchy.

Chris O'Reilly

 Coming Soon, Bartók from Pablo Heras-Casado and other forthcoming releases

Including new recordings from Garrick Ohlsson, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Anna Bonitatibus, and the Elias Quartet.

Katherine Cooper

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - January 2018

A thrilling and uncompromising account of Tchaikovsky's final symphony is out in front as Recording of the Week, with honourable mentions for artists including Giovanni Antonini, Cecilia Bartoli, Sol Gabetta, and Ádám Fischer.

Chris O'Reilly

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - December 2017

Music by Marais, Pixis and Obrecht are among this month's favourites, plus an outstanding Debussy recital from the young South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Tippett Symphonies from Martyn Brabbins

James enjoys commanding accounts of the two first symphonies by Sir Michael Tippett from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 29th December 2017

Debussy from Stephen Hough, Bach from Frank Peter Zimmermann, and Brahms and Schumann from Yvgeny Sudbin and friends.

Chris O'Reilly

 Obituary, 2017 Goodbyes

A short video tribute remembering some of the musicians who passed away during 2017.

James Longstaffe

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - January 2018 Choices

Chris introduces the January line-up, including new albums from Sabine Devieilhe, Nelson Goerner and early music vocal consort Alamire, plus an impressive debut disc from the Borusan Quartet.

Chris O'Reilly

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - December 2017

Our Boxing Day boxes include portraits of Mariss Jansons, Maria Callas and Eileen Joyce, plus comprehensive anthologies of recorder and trumpet concertos.

Chris O'Reilly