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The best new classical albums: September 2019

Editor Martin Cullingford’s pick of the finest recordings from this month’s reviews
Contemporary composer: Brian Elias

Contemporary composer: Brian Elias

A culturally diverse upbringing and an idealistic mindset have resulted in a special contemporary voice, writes Stephen Plaistow
Brahms's Four Serious Song: which recording is best?

Brahms's Four Serious Songs: the greatest recordings

Brahms’s final set of songs has attracted a range of singers to its dark sound world. Richard Wigmore assesses some available versions
Video of the day: 16-year-old Doomin Kim records Mendelssohn for Warner Classics

Video of the day: 16-year-old Doomin Kim records Mendelssohn for Warner Classics

A prodigiously gifted pianist, Doomin Kim makes his debut recording
Video of the day: Chiaroscuro Quartet Live from Wigmore Hall

Video of the day: Chiaroscuro Quartet Live from Wigmore Hall

A live-streamed concert featuring music by Beethoven and Schubert
Video of the day: Kronos Quartet play Terry Riley's Beebopterismo

Video of the day: Kronos Quartet play Terry Riley's Beebopterismo

Riley's piece includes plasma waves recorded by NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 probes
How do you write a TV theme for the BBC Proms? Ian Arber found out...

How do you write a TV theme for the BBC Proms?

An iconic festival, prime-time audience, and just 20 seconds to work with...it's not an everyday challenge, discovered composer Ian Arber

The best new classical albums: August 2019

Editor Martin Cullingford’s pick of the finest recordings from this month’s reviews
Video of the day: Mahan Esfahani on Bach's Toccatas

Video of the day: Mahan Esfahani on Bach's Toccatas

Esfahani discusses his latest recording for Hyperion: 'I think musicians who avoid Bach basically lack humility'
What makes a successful music festival? We ask Verbier's Executive Director Martin T:son Engstroem

Mr Classical Music Festivals

Martin T:son Engstroem talks to James Jolly about what makes a good music festival and the addition of two more summer festivals to his portfolio

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