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Latest Classical Recording of the Week Articles

 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

 Recording of the Week Bach from William Christie and Beethoven from Masaaki Suzuki

Two veteran early music specialists venture into new territory: William Christie conducts Bach's Mass in B minor and Masaaki Suzuki turns to Beethoven's Missa solemnis.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Bartók's Violin Concertos from Renaud Capuçon

Renaud Capuçon performs Bartók's two violin concertos, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra under conductor François-Xavier Roth.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Alfred Brendel performs music by Schumann and Brahms

Live recordings by Alfred Brendel of Schumann's Piano Concerto and Brahms's Handel Variations have been made available on disc for the first time.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Music by Florent Schmitt conducted by Sakari Oramo

James listens to a wonderful new recording of music by the neglected French composer Florent Schmitt, including his ballet suites, Antoine et Cléopâtre.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Porpora from Max Emanuel Cencic

The Viennese countertenor marks the 250th anniversary of the composer and singing-teacher's death with a stunning collection of arias and a complete recording of Germanico in Germania.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Respighi from John Neschling and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège

The Brazilian conductor and his Belgian orchestra perform Vetrate di chiesa, Il tramonto & Trittico botticelliano.

Katherine Cooper

 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