Latest Classical Recording of the Week Articles
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.
29th September 2017
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.
22nd September 2017
Katherine listens to the Canadian soprano's bold new disc Crazy Girl Crazy, centring on Berg's Lulu.
15th September 2017
Katherine enjoys the star tenor's collection of French gems, with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Bertrand de Billy.
8th September 2017
James enjoys the Polish pianist's performance of Schubert's last two sonatas for the piano.
1st September 2017
Katherine listens to the German baritone's deeply personal account of two solo cantatas, with Gottfried von der Goltz and the Freiburger Barockorchester.
25th August 2017
James is mightily impressed by a selection of Beethoven's piano music from Evgeny Kissin, including the Moonlight and Les Adieux sonatas.
18th August 2017
Isabelle Faust shows a wholly new side to one of the most well-known and widely-performed concertos in the violin repertoire.
11th August 2017
James enjoys a pair of late Mozart concertos from Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi, with Andrew Manze and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
4th August 2017
James listens to a wealth of vocal and instrumental works by Richard Strauss - with Nicky Spence, Rebecca Evans, Alexi Ogrintchouk and others.
28th July 2017
Katherine enjoys Elīna Garanča's commanding performance in Donizetti's dramatic tragedy alongside Mariusz Kwiecień and Matthew Polenzani.