Classical

Rossini: Overtures - Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Bringing together all of the best Rossini opera overtures, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano's recording has been described as " full of charm, grace and perky vitality" by the Telegraph.

Haydn: String Quartets: Volume 1 - Doric String Quartet

"The spirit and stylistic understanding that the Doric brings to this music is a constant joy", said the Telegraph about this latest album from the Doric String Quartet. Already the quartet have produced a number of acclaimed albums on Chandos and are

Home Sweet Home Tour - Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins will be heading off on tour from February next year. The announcement of the 21 dates comes as she releases her brand new album 'Home Sweet Home'. Her live shows will feature songs from the new album as well as favourites from across her

Haydn: String Quartets Op 20, Doric String Quartet, review: 'miraculous'

The spirit and stylistic understanding that the Doric brings to this music is a constant joy, says Geoffrey Norris.

Rossini: Overtures, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, cond Antonio Pappano, review: 'full of charm'

There is a finesse and musical discretion aplenty in the way Antonio Pappano shapes Rossini's lines, says Geoffrey Norris.

Bach: Partitas, Igor Levit, review: 'magisterial'

Igor Levit's lucid creative perspective and purposeful sense of direction delights the senses, says Geoffrey Norris.

The Spy's Choirbook - David Skinner

Among the musical treasures in the British Library is MS Royal 8.g.vii, a sumptuous choirbook prepared for Henry VIII and his first queen Catherine of Aragon. It was produced by Petrus Alamire, who not only headed one of the finest musical scriptoriums of

Britten Weekend 2014

On the weekend the clocks change and herald winter's longer nights, a Britten Weekend built round his song cycle on themes of night, sleep and dreams - Nocturne. Spira mirabilis make their first forays into Britten and new music, Britten's Canticles are p

Spira Mirabilis: the orchestra without a conductor

In a sports centre in Formigine, a quiet Italian town near Bologna, I am listening to an orchestral rehearsal unlike any I've heard before.