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Busoni & Strauss: Romantic Violin Concertos - Tanja Becker-Bender

German violinist Tanja Becker-Bender returns to the Romantic Violin Concerto series having dazzled the critics with her ‘great lyrical force and tremendous sense of drama' in her recording of the Reger concerto. Here she appears with Hyperion house band

Prom 52: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer

The first of this year's two Proms by the Budapest Festival Orchestra had looked like a rather strange confection, on paper at least.

Proms Chamber Music 6: A sensitive start that lost its way

Pianist Louis Schwizegebel's captures Mozart's subtlety. But the same virtue was sorely missing in Strauss' profound Metamorphosen.

BBC Proms: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, London

Janáček, Dvořák and Beethoven were dispatched with a light touch, while cellist Alisa Weilerstein played with fluidity and passion.

Prom 50: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Blohlávek/Weilerstein review fluid and elegant

Dvoák's cello concerto showed Alisa Weilerstein and the orchestra in complete sympathyNobody does Proms encores like the Czech Phil.

Prom 49: BBCSO/Oramo review curiously ill at ease

Soprano Anu Komsi's impressive technique was at the fore in a fairytale-themed programme.

Prom 50: Weilerstein, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Bělohlávek

Even as orchestras began to sound more and more alike, there was the Czech Philharmonic.

Gluck: La Clemenza Di Tito - L'arte del mondo

L'arte del mondo presents the world premiere recording of: La Clemenza di Tito by Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787). The world premiere recording of a masterpiece of the 'opera seria', perfectly timed for the 300th birthday of Gluck (July 2nd).

Panufnik/Lutoslawski: String Quartets review beguiling and pensive

These two Polish composers, born and dying within years of one another, tackled the string quartet medium at different stages in their long careers. Witold Lutoslawski (1913-94) wrote his only example, in two sections and lasting just under half and hour,

David Matthews: Symphony No 7, Vespers review ethereal and explosive

This world-premiere recording, which came out earlier in the summer, confirms David Matthews (b.1943) as a natural composer for voices here, the full-bodied, occasionally untamed Bach Choir as well as a richly gifted orchestral colourist happy to find i