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Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

This recording was made last year and has been described by the Guardian as being: "notably lacking in drama, excitement and the sense of mystery and adventure that you find in great performances of the work".

Ullmann: The Complete Piano Music - Christophe Sirodeau

In the booklet notes, Sirodeau explains his aim in making this recording: ‘Viktor Ullmann should be studied and played not as a victim of the Nazis but on his own merits, which in my opinion earn him an illustrious place in twentieth-century music.'

Meyerbeer: Vasco De Gam - Giacomo Meyerbeer, Frank Beermann

CPO presents Meyerbeer's Vasco de Gama. This edition by Jügen Schläder is based on the last published and unpublished material left by Meyerbeer on his death. This is the first time this version has been release on CD.

New York Philharmonic & Joyce DiDonato: Live - The Barbican

The New York Philharmonic has a sound like few other orchestras. To open its Barbican residency, Alan Gilbert conducts a ravishing programme: from the sonic chiaroscuro of Esa-Pekka Salonen to the silken richness of Ravel and Strauss, by way of another ex

Camille Claudel: Into the Fire - The Barbican

As the centrepiece of her Artist Spotlight, Joyce DiDonato has herself curated this programme, which pairs the belle-époque subtleties of Hahn and Debussy with a new song-cycle by Jake Heggie. “Joyce is its perfect champion” says Heggie – who accom

Stella di Napoli - The Barbican

One of the best-loved singers of our time: the American mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato launches her season-long Artist Spotlight with a spectacular evening of Italian arias from the golden age of bel canto. This opening concert offers a dazzling celebrat

Strauss: Elektra - Regina Resnik

Following the scandalous 'Salome', it was with the radical, expressive violence of 'Elektra' in 1909 that Richard Strauss finally cemented his position as the leading German opera composer of his generation. The immense vocal and orchestral demands it mak

Prom 34: Piemontesi, BBCNOW, Søndergård

Some things that spread like wildfire, like ebola and wildfire, are not good news at all. But performing Nielsen’s symphonies? That’s another matter entirely. In the next concert season, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia both begin Niels

Prom 33: Schwizgebel, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Gardner

After the European Union Youth Orchestra hit unsurpassable heights last week, the Proms plateau of excellence remained available to another youth carnival of weird and wonderful 20th century monsters.

Franck and Saint-Säens eclipse Casella and Chopin at the Proms

A lovingly crafted performance Franck’s Symphonic Variations glows under the advocacy of Benjamin Grosvenor while Gianandrea Noseda steers the BBCPO through a magnificent Saint-Säens’ Organ Symphony.