Classical & Opera

Denis Kozhukhin Haydn: Piano Sonatas

Pianist Denis Kozhukhin, whose training includes both Russian and western European elements, has gained wide acclaim for recitals in which the 20th century element is often Prokofiev.

Haydn: Piano Sonatas - Denis Kozhukhin

For his second Onyx CD Kozhukhin turns to the music of Joseph Haydn to perform a selection of his piano sonatas. All Music said: "The pianist's work here is both brilliant and daring".

La traviata @ Glyndebourne Tour, New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Tom Cairns’ Glyndebourne Touring Opera version of La traviata, which follows on from this year’s Festival production, is simply yet effectively staged.

Idomeneo @ Royal Opera House, London

Audiences, despite what some critics like to think, are pretty good at getting it right; the loudest ovation at this musically strong but theatrically uneven performance went to the Arbace, the sensational French tenor Stanislas de Barbeyrac, whose nuance

Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words - Javier Perianes, Felix Mendelssohn

This programme illustrates four essential qualities of the music of Felix Mendelssohn. Music stripped of all superfluity, including the literary aspect (Songs without Words); a gift for creating magical atmospheres (Rondo capriccioso); unconditional admir

No Man's Land, Corssing the Alps, Aftertones - Halle Choir

Hallé marks the centenary of the First World War with a recording of award winning work by Composer Emeritus Colin Matthews. The main work on the recording, No Man's Land follows on from Matthews' very positive collaboration with Christopher Reid on Alph

Journey to Aldeburgh - Chamber Domaine

"Very well worth exploring" said the Guardian about this collection of rarely heard pieces of music. The music on the album includes 'There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook' and 'The Moon'.

Journey to Aldeburgh: Young Britten CD review exuberant and well worth exploring

Even after the intense scrutiny of every facet of Britten’s music that was generated by last year’s centenary, works that have gone unheard for more than half a century are still being prised out of the Aldeburgh archives.

Idomeneo - Royal Opera House

War hero Idomeneo promises the gods he will sacrifice the first person he sees in return for a safe journey home. That person is his son Idamante. Anguished, Idomeneo prevaricates. The gods send a sea monster that devours thousands. Forced to select a

The Left-Hander review finely played and sung, but its no masterpiece

A late start left the audience fractious, and striking orchestral and vocal effects were offset by a thinness of melodic and thematic inspiration.