Classical

The Year in Italy - Joanna Stizelecka-Orlowska

When reviewing this album All Music said: "Recommended for those interested in the Mendelssohn circle, in music by women, or simply in the early Romantic mind in general".

Khatia Buniatishvili Motherland

As she has demonstrated in her critically acclaimed albums of the keyboard music of Liszt and Chopin, Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili is a stunning virtuoso with impressive skills and her dynamic playing compels listening.

Motherland - Khatia Buniatishvili

The CD is an intimate quest encompassing solo piano works from Bach to Pärt and from Brahms to Kancheli, in which the themes of longing for home, the merriment of a folk dance and the eternal cycle of growth and decay are apparent. Spanning a broad styli

Prom 44: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Davis @ Royal Albert Hall, London

There are, in crude terms at least, three approaches to Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85.

Prom 50: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Bělohlávek @ Royal Albert Hall, London

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and their chief conductor Jiří Bělohlávek brought a programme to the Proms in which the mighty voices of Janáček and Dvořák held sway prior to a no less imposing Beethoven symphony.

Prom 53: Brahms Symphonies, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer

About 10 minutes into the Brahms Third Symphony I wanted to check a name in the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s programme. I dared to turn a page. Bad idea. Such preternatural stillness had settled over the sold-out Royal Albert Hall that the gesture coul

Bach: Partitas - Igor Levit

Igor Levit has recorded Bach’s Partitas BWV 825-830. It is the second release by the 27-year-old pianist, whom many regard as the greatest talent of his time, on Sony Classical. With his debut album, featuring the late Beethoven sonatas, Levit received

David Matthews: Symphony No.7 & Vespers - Katie Bray

This world premiere recording was summed up by The Guardian which said the album: "confirms David Matthews (b.1943) as a natural composer for voices".

String Quartets Nos. 1-3 - Tippett Quartet

2014 is the centenary year of Andrzej Panufnik and, while his orchestral music has received attention, his innovative string quartets remain neglected. Bitter-sweet harmonies characterise the First Quartet. The Second Quartet, whose subtitle ‘Messages'

Madame X review thriller undone by excess of allusions

Tim Benjamin has transported Don Giovanni's Masetto and Zerlina to London for this postmodern take on artistic corruption.