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Latest Classical Recording of the Week Articles

 Recording of the Week Simon Rattle conducts Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande

Katherine enjoys a live account of Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande from Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, with Magdalena Kožená and Christian Gerhaher in the title roles.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Daniil Trifonov performs piano works by Chopin and others

Katherine enjoys Trifonov's latest album, exploring Chopin's music, influence and legacy, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Andrew Davis concludes Chandos's cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies

James listens to the final instalment in a cycle begun by the great Richard Hickox - Vaughan Williams' evocative Sinfonia Antartica, with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Barbara Hannigan sings and conducts music by Berg, Berio, and Gershwin

Katherine listens to the Canadian soprano's bold new disc Crazy Girl Crazy, centring on Berg's Lulu.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Jonas Kaufmann sings French operatic arias

Katherine enjoys the star tenor's collection of French gems, with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Bertrand de Billy.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Schubert piano sonatas from Krystian Zimerman

James enjoys the Polish pianist's performance of Schubert's last two sonatas for the piano.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Matthias Goerne sings cantatas for bass by JS Bach

Katherine listens to the German baritone's deeply personal account of two solo cantatas, with Gottfried von der Goltz and the Freiburger Barockorchester.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Evgeny Kissin performs Beethoven piano sonatas

James is mightily impressed by a selection of Beethoven's piano music from Evgeny Kissin, including the Moonlight and Les Adieux sonatas.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Isabelle Faust plays Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

Isabelle Faust shows a wholly new side to one of the most well-known and widely-performed concertos in the violin repertoire.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Francesco Piemontesi performs Piano Concertos by Mozart

James enjoys a pair of late Mozart concertos from Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi, with Andrew Manze and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Songs by Richard Strauss, plus the Oboe Concerto and works for wind ensemble

James listens to a wealth of vocal and instrumental works by Richard Strauss - with Nicky Spence, Rebecca Evans, Alexi Ogrintchouk and others.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Elīna Garanča sings the title role in Donizetti's La Favorite

Katherine enjoys Elīna Garanča's commanding performance in Donizetti's dramatic tragedy alongside Mariusz Kwiecień and Matthew Polenzani.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra launch a Mahler cycle with Symphony No. 5

James enjoys the opening instalment of Osmo Vänskä's new Mahler cycle - the ever-popular Symphony No. 5.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Daniel Barenboim conducts Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius

Katherine listens to a blistering new performance of Elgar's religious masterwork, with Andrew Staples, Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Thomas Hampson.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Anthony Marwood performs Walton's Violin Concerto

James enjoys a new recording of William Walton's Violin Concerto, alongside some of the composer's lesser-known works.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Andreas Brantelid and Bengt Forsberg perform Fauré's complete works for cello and piano

David enjoys a charming and varied collection of works by the great French composer, performed by Andreas Brantelid and Bengt Forsberg.

David Smith

 Recording of the Week Bojan Čičić performs violin music by Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli

Katherine listens to the Croatian violinist's sparkling performances of some long-forgotten virtuoso Italian sonatas.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Véronique Gens sings French Romantic arias

Katherine enjoys Véronique Gens's fascinating recital of French Romantic arias, all with a common theme of dreams and visions.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Alexandre Kantorow plays Russian piano music

Katherine listens to the young French pianist's spellbinding virtuosity in a collection of dramatic Russian works.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Steven Osborne performs Piano Concertos by Ravel and Manuel de Falla

James spends some nights in the gardens of Spain in the company of Steven Osborne and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

James Longstaffe