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 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

 Recording of the Week Andrew Davis concludes Chandos's cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies

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.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Barbara Hannigan sings and conducts music by Berg, Berio, and Gershwin

Katherine listens to the Canadian soprano's bold new disc Crazy Girl Crazy, centring on Berg's Lulu.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Jonas Kaufmann sings French operatic arias

Katherine enjoys the star tenor's collection of French gems, with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Bertrand de Billy.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Schubert piano sonatas from Krystian Zimerman

James enjoys the Polish pianist's performance of Schubert's last two sonatas for the piano.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Matthias Goerne sings cantatas for bass by JS Bach

Katherine listens to the German baritone's deeply personal account of two solo cantatas, with Gottfried von der Goltz and the Freiburger Barockorchester.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Evgeny Kissin performs Beethoven piano sonatas

James is mightily impressed by a selection of Beethoven's piano music from Evgeny Kissin, including the Moonlight and Les Adieux sonatas.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Isabelle Faust plays Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

Isabelle Faust shows a wholly new side to one of the most well-known and widely-performed concertos in the violin repertoire.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Francesco Piemontesi performs Piano Concertos by Mozart

James enjoys a pair of late Mozart concertos from Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi, with Andrew Manze and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Songs by Richard Strauss, plus the Oboe Concerto and works for wind ensemble

James listens to a wealth of vocal and instrumental works by Richard Strauss - with Nicky Spence, Rebecca Evans, Alexi Ogrintchouk and others.

James Longstaffe

 Recording of the Week Elīna Garanča sings the title role in Donizetti's La Favorite

Katherine enjoys Elīna Garanča's commanding performance in Donizetti's dramatic tragedy alongside Mariusz Kwiecień and Matthew Polenzani.

Katherine Cooper