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Wagner Without Words review Llyr Williams' entrancing, technically superb set of piano works

As Llyr Williams points out in his introduction to this collection, Wagner wrote more original piano music than is realised almost two hours of it in all.

Prom 35 review: Sibelius' Fifth and William Walton's Violin Concerto

SIR Peter Maxwell Davies and William Walton were up against Jean Sibelius at the Royal Albert Hall this week.

Prom 44: Melbourne SO/Davis/Mørk review vibrant musical colour

Andrew Davis brought his trademark silkiness to Strauss's Don Juan, while Truls Mørk urged the orchestra to keep up during a muscular performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto.

Yasunori Imamura Spanish Music for Vihuela from the Time of Charles V

The vihuela, a small guitar-like instrument with six or seven courses of double strings, is less familiar than other members of the Renaissance lute family.

Spanish Music for Vihuela - Yasunori Imamura

This album is comprised of Spanish music that was mostly written 1536 and 1557, during the rein of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. All Music said: "Highly recommended; the music is obscure, but maybe it shouldn't be."

English Chamber Orchestra / Rui Lopes Through Time

The title of this release by Portuguese-Swiss bassoonist Rui Lopes (who in all but spelling shares his name with a famous chess opening) is accurate enough: Through Time runs from Vivaldi through Mozart to the 20th century, the last well represented by a

Through Time - English Chamber Orchestra, Rui Lopes

This collaboration between Rui Lopes and the English Chamber Orchestra has been described by All Music as being: "a must-have for anyone who likes the bassoon".

Nicola Benedetti Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy

Nicola Benedetti's Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy is the violinist's tribute to her native land, in celebration of Scotland's Year of Homecoming 2014.

Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy - Nicola Benedetti

Violinist Nicola Benedetti celebrates the best of Scottish music on her latest album. All Music called it: "a personal and intimate album, thanks to Benedetti's ingratiating playing and the poignant tone of many of the selections."

Prom 40: LSO/Haitink @ Royal Albert Hall, London

Bernard Haitink’s appearances with the LSO are always a keenly anticipated event at the Proms, indeed they have become something of a fixture.