Jommelli: Tirsi (Soprano Cantatas) CD review gleaming tone

Arias Fernández/Stile Galante/Aresi(Pan Classics)This year marks the tercentenary of the birth of Neapolitan composer Niccolò Jommelli, best known for a series of operas that make such fearsome demands on their performers that their outings are few and

Brahms: Romanzen aus L Tiecks Magelone CD review emotionally detailed

Maltman/Johnson(Hyperion)Forming volume five of Hyperions Brahms edition, Christopher Maltman and Graham Johnsons recording of the Magelone Romances is also this once-rare works second outing on disc this year and, as with its predecessor from Daniel Beh

Strauss: Josephs Legende - Stefan Solyom & Staatskapelle Weimar

During a guest performance in Berlin in 1913 Strauss saw Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and was so delighted by them that he declared his readiness to compose the ballet pantomime Josephs Legende (Joseph's Legend) for this extraordinary ensemble.

Steve Reich: 'Radiohead is my kind of music'

Composer Steve Reich talks to Geeta Dayal about the inspiration behind his new album Radio Rewrite and how everyone needs to get over his feud with Philip GlassOver the past 50 years, composer Steve Reichs music has had a powerful impact not only on the

Strauss: Josephslegende CD review beautifully performed rarity

Premiered in Paris in May, Josephslegende was Richard Strausss first completed ballet score.

Prom 71: Time for Three, BBC Concert Orchestra, Lockhart

Aaron Copland was an unlikely musical portraitist of the American plains and prairies.

Precision and controlled beauty from the Cleveland Orchestra in Prom 69

Of the ten or so orchestras I’ve listened to during this year’s Proms, the Cleveland Orchestra’s sound was perhaps the most polished, sophisticated (especially the silky strings) and disciplined of all. 

Mozart: String Quartets - Cuarteto Casals

When he dedicated a set of six quartets to Haydn in 1785, Mozart was acknowledging the latter's supremacy in this genre. However, Mozart did more than just imitate him; he integrated Haydn's innovations into his own style, thereby producing a new mileston

BBC Proms 2014: Walton's Facade, Cadogan Hall, review: 'almost perfect'

Walton's Facade was a precursor of rap, says Rupert Christiansen.

The Voice of Isobel Baillie - Isobel Baillie

Dame Isobel Baillie [1895 1983] was the leading British concert soprano of the first half of the 20th century. Her style was characterised by a focussed tone, clear diction and a speech-like and natural approach to phrasing. Her strength was in British mu