Latest Classical Recording of the Week Articles
Recording of the Week Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Polina Leschenko perform music by Poulenc, Bartók, and Ravel
16th February 2018
Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and pianist Polina Leschenko perform sonatas by Poulenc and Bartók alongside Ravel’s Tzigane.
9th February 2018
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.
2nd February 2018
The Maltese tenor and Bulgarian soprano triumph in their explorations of the composer's more dramatic roles.
26th January 2018
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.
19th January 2018
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.
12th January 2018
James enjoys a stunning new disc of orchestral music by Stravinsky, including the world premiere recording of a recently-discovered early work, Chant funèbre.
5th January 2018
Katherine embarks on a thrilling journey to the Hall of the Mountain-King in the company of Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic.
29th December 2017
James enjoys commanding accounts of the two first symphonies by Sir Michael Tippett from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
22nd December 2017
Katherine welcomes back Naïve's Vivaldi Edition, which returns today with an effervescent account of the "Red Priest"'s pastoral pasticcio from the 1730s.
15th December 2017
Sibelius, Schubert, Beethoven, Christopher Tye and Elliott Carter feature among the editorial team's individual picks of 2017.
8th December 2017
James listens to a stirring performance of music by Scriabin from Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic, released in October and chosen as one of our Top Ten Discs of the Year.
Recording of the Week Christmas music from Le Concert Spirituel, the Sistine Chapel, and Merton College Oxford
1st December 2017
Katherine enjoys a contemplative programme of Advent and Christmas motets from the Vatican choir (plus a very special guest!) and an incisive Messiah with a difference from Hervé Niquet.
24th November 2017
Joyce DiDonato and Michael Spyres triumph as the doomed lovers in Berlioz's Classical epic, recorded live in Strasbourg earlier this year.
17th November 2017
German baritone Matthias Goerne offers a selection of monologues from Wagner's operas, accompanied by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding.
10th November 2017
The Italian mezzo and Argentine cellist go head-to-head in a collection of baroque 'sweet duels' celebrating the affinity of the cello and the human voice.
3rd November 2017
The Belgian conductor presents Mozart's late mass in a new version by Pierre-Henri Dutron, which builds on and refines material from the familiar Süssmayr completion.
27th October 2017
James listens to a turbulent and impassioned account of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 from Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna.
Recording of the Week Dvořák Quintets from the Pavel Haas Quartet, with Boris Giltburg and Pavel Nikl
20th October 2017
James enjoys a much-anticipated new release from the Pavel Haas Quartet (and two formidable guest players): stunning performances of Dvořák's Piano Quintet op. 81 and the String Quintet op. 97.
13th October 2017
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.
6th October 2017
Katherine enjoys Trifonov's latest album, exploring Chopin's music, influence and legacy, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev.