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Simplicius Simplicissimus - Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Markus Stenz, Juliane Banse, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

This Hybrid SACD recording of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's unique anti-war opera Simplicius Simplicissimus marks an important step in the continuing reappraisal of his œuvre, following Challenge Classics' recent release of all eight symphonies by the 20th cen

Prom 66: St Matthew Passion review astonishing immediacy

Transplanted from its Berlin home, Peter Sellars' staging of Bach's oratorio was less immersive but remained undeniably powerful.

BBC Prom 68/Cleveland Orchestra, review: 'fastidious and understated'

Franz Welser-Möst's Cleveland Orchestra was as sharp-edged as a skyscraper, says Ivan Hewett.

Prom 64, review: Simon Rattle's Berliner Philharmoniker on world-beating form

Prom 64 was our annual reminder that there really is no orchestra to compare with Simon Rattle’s Berliner Philharmoniker.

Prom 61 and 63, reviews: New Zhou Long work disappoints but John Adams' new saxophone concerto is a hit

The composer Zhou Long is one of the heroes of contemporary Chinese music. Injured by the rural labour he was forced into during the Cultural Revolution, he extracted something good from that experience by imbibing the folk music of Mongolia.

Prom 66: St Matthew Passion, Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle

Peter Sellars’ work used to be about making a statement. He would dislocate texts from contexts, subvert musical suggestion and ignore written statement for the sheer joy of the artistic friction it would generate. The beauty of his St Matthew Passion s

The Voice of Isobel Baillie review the soprano's clarity shines out

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)(Heritage)Never Sing Louder than Lovely was the apt title of the memoirs of the much-loved soprano Isobel Baillie (1895-1983). This new compilation demonstrates perfectly that special quality of her voice: a p

Prom 64: Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle

After Monday’s Respighi extravaganza at the Proms, it was back on the rainbow express for more wonders of orchestral colour last night. In the young Stravinsky’s large-scale signing-in and poor depressed old Rachmaninov’s signing-off, you could trus

Berliner Philharmoniker casts a Russian spell over the Proms

One of the most anticipated Proms of the season was met with queues snaking down Prince Consort Road, resulting in a packed Arena – the Berliner Philharmoniker has that effect. 

Mozart: String Quartets K428, 465 and 387 CD review expressive, but wearing

No one could accuse the Cuarteto Casals of being reticent in these three of the six quartets that Mozart dedicated to Haydn, the works in G: K387, E flat K428 and C K465.