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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.

BBC Prom 52, Budapest Festival Orchestra, review: 'unerring'

The Budapest Festival Orchestra's first of two Proms showed exactly what sets them apart, says John Allison.

Cooke: Three String Sonatas - Susanne Stanzeleit

When Arnold Cooke died in 2005 at the age of ninety-eight, he was the last survivor of a great generation of British composers that included Michael Tippett, Alan Rawsthorne and Constant Lambert. A distinguished student of Paul Hindemith in Berlin, he slo

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.