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 Recording of the Week, Yo-Yo Ma records Bach's Cello Suites for the third and final time

The Chinese-American cellist returns to works which he describes as his 'constant musical companions' in interpretations of uncommon freshness and spontaneity.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Music by Haydn and Schoenberg from cellist Alisa Weilerstein

James listens to energetic, vital accounts of Haydn's two cello concertos from Alisa Weilerstein, coupled with an expressively radiant performance of Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week, Rachmaninov's Études-tableaux from Steven Osborne

Katherine is mesmerised by the Scottish pianist’s introspective but evocative accounts of Rachmaninov’s two sets of ‘study-pictures’, out now on Hyperion.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Wagner's Die Meistersinger from Bayreuth, directed by Barrie Kosky

Katherine reviews the Australian director's complex but illuminating 2017 production, which places the composer himself at the heart of the action.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Vivaldi Double Concertos from Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima

Adrian Chandler and his acclaimed team of baroque instrumentalists present a sparkling selection of Vivaldi's unique double concerti.

David Smith

 Recording of the Week, Mozart's La clemenza di Tito from Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Marina Rebeka and Joyce DiDonato strike sparks off one another as Vitellia and Sesto in a terrific new recording of Mozart's final opera, with Rolando Villazón as the idealistic emperor against whom they conspire.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Shostakovich Symphonies 4 & 11 from Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra offer highly characterful and stunningly-performed accounts of Shostakovich's Fourth and Eleventh Symphonies.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week, John Adams's Doctor Atomic, conducted by the composer

John Adams conducts Gerald Finley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the first audio recording of his 2005 opera, Doctor Atomic.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week, Buxtehude's Abendmusiken from Vox Luminis

Two first-rate early music ensembles join forces to recreate the atmosphere of Buxtehude's legendary secular-sacred concert series in Lübeck.

David Smith

 Recording of the Week, Haydn's 'Lamentatione' from Giovanni Antonini

The Milanese conductor continues his mammoth survey of Haydn's complete symphonies with the 'Lamentatione' and 'Alleluia', performed by the Kammerorchester Basel.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Francesco Piemontesi performs piano music by Franz Liszt

James listens to a turbulent account of the Première année in Liszt's piano cycle Années de pèlerinage from Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week, Xiayin Wang performs piano concertos by Ginastera

Chandos's survey of Ginastera's orchestral music concludes with the Piano Concerto No. 1 and other works performed by pianist Xiayin Wang and the BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week, Philippe Jaroussky sings Gluck's Orfeo

The French countertenor placates the Furies with singing of celestial purity on this world premiere recording of the 1774 Neapolitan version of Gluck's most popular opera.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, String Quartets by Debussy and Ravel from the Jerusalem Quartet

The Jerusalem Quartet offer masterfully controlled and impressively dynamic accounts of the String Quartets by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week, Otello from the Royal Opera House, starring Jonas Kaufmann

The German tenor sings his first 'Lion of Venice' in Keith Warner's 2017 production, opposite Marco Vratogna and Maria Agresta.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Federico Colli plays Domenico Scarlatti

The Leeds International Piano Competition winner makes his debut on Chandos with a bold, inquisitive recital of the Neapolitan composer's keyboard sonatas.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Ravel from François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles

The conductor and his period-instrument orchestra conjure a world of enchantments in two scores inspired by fairy-tales: Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) and the early Shéhérazade overture.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester perform Bruckner

James enjoys magnificently sonorous performances of two symphonies by Anton Bruckner.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week, Vivaldi's Four Seasons from Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque

The British violinist breathes new life into the most popular of baroque violin concerti with these vivid one-per-part accounts which exude wit and affection.

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