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 Recording of the Week Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Polina Leschenko perform music by Poulenc, Bartók, and Ravel

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and pianist Polina Leschenko perform sonatas by Poulenc and Bartók alongside Ravel’s Tzigane.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Murray Perahia plays Beethoven's Hammerklavier and Moonlight Sonatas

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.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Verdi albums from Joseph Calleja and Sonya Yoncheva

The Maltese tenor and Bulgarian soprano triumph in their explorations of the composer's more dramatic roles.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Alexander Melnikov plays four pieces on four different pianos

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.

James Longstaffe

 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

 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

 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

 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

 Recording of the Week Vivaldi's Dorilla in Tempe from Diego Fasolis and I Barocchisti

Katherine welcomes back Naïve's Vivaldi Edition, which returns today with an effervescent account of the "Red Priest"'s pastoral pasticcio from the 1730s.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Presto Personal Favourites from 2017

Sibelius, Schubert, Beethoven, Christopher Tye and Elliott Carter feature among the editorial team's individual picks of 2017.

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week Vasily Petrenko conducts music by Scriabin

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.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Christmas music from Le Concert Spirituel, the Sistine Chapel, and Merton College Oxford

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.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week John Nelson conducts Les Troyens

Joyce DiDonato and Michael Spyres triumph as the doomed lovers in Berlioz's Classical epic, recorded live in Strasbourg earlier this year.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Matthias Goerne - The Wagner Project

German baritone Matthias Goerne offers a selection of monologues from Wagner's operas, accompanied by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Dolce Duello - Cecilia Bartoli and Sol Gabetta

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.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week  Mozart's Requiem from René Jacobs

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.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Teodor Currentzis conducts Tchaikovsky's Pathétique Symphony

James listens to a turbulent and impassioned account of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 from Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Dvořák Quintets from the Pavel Haas Quartet, with Boris Giltburg and Pavel Nikl

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.

James Longstaffe

 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