Classical

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.

Hartmann: Simplicius Simplicissimus CD review Stenz captures opera's raw intensity

Banse/Marsch/Hartmann/Netherland Radio Choir and PO/Stenz(Challenge Classics, 2 CDS)Karl Amadeus Hartmann's opera, based upon Grimmelshausen's picaresque novel of the thirty years' war, has not been seen on stage or heard in concert in the UK. Yet it's o

Szymanowski: Violin Concertos 1 and 2 - Baiba Skride, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Szymanowski, Vasily Petrenko

Baiba Skride is almost unparalleled in her virtuosic, idiomatic mastery of the standard repertoire but that is not all, for her concert calendar and discography also repeatedly feature works by lesser-known composers. In September 2013 she played Karol Sz

Bax: Four Orchestral Pieces - Philip Dukes, BBC Philharmonic, Sir Arnold Bax, Sir Andrew Davies

All three of these rarely heard works come from the first half of Bax's career as a composer. The earliest is the lightweight but charming set of Four Orchestral Pieces from 1914, recorded here for the first time, and also known as the Four Orchestral Ske

François-Xavier Roth / Les Siècles Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps; Petrouchka

To celebrate the centennial of the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps, François-Xavier Roth and his extraordinary original instrument ensemble Les Siècles re-created the original 1913 version of the score, employing vintage instruments

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps, Petrouchka - Les Siecles, Francois Xavier Roth

One of the biggest scandals in the history of music stirred Paris as the Ballets Russes created the new ballet by Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky, 'The Rite of Spring', conducted by Pierre Monteux. To celebrate this anniversary, François- Xavier Roth

Medtner and Rachmaninov: Sonatas - Steven Osborne

The Guardian gave this album four stars, with Fiona Maddocks saying: "Rachmaninov's Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, majestic and lyrical, is immediately rewarding."

Stella Di Napoli - Joyce DiDonato

When reviewing this album The Guardian gave it four stars saying it allows her to: "display her dizzying technical virtuosity, her acting skills and her extravagant sense of drama."

Berlioz: La Captive - Hector Berlioz, Antonello Manacorda, Het Gelders Orkest, Lisa Larsson

Swedish mezzo-soprano Lisa Larsson's second release on Challenge Classics follows 2013's highly-praised recording of arias by Joseph Haydn. On this hybrid SACD she performs Berlioz - the title song 'La Captive' and the lyric scenes Herminie and La Mort de