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The best new classical albums – January 2018

Editor Martin Cullingford’s pick of the finest recordings from this month’s reviews
Video of the day: NYCGB sing Messiaen's O Sacrum Convivium

Video of the day: NYCGB sing Messiaen's O Sacrum Convivium

Stephen Layton conducts a live performance from the Chapel of Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge
‘Glad Tidings’ by William M Spittle (1858-1917)

The history of the traditional Christmas carol

Jeremy Nicholas reveals the intriguing history of the traditional Christmas carol and speaks to conductors, composers and clergy about why carols remain so popular
Christmas carols: a thriving tradition

Christmas carols: a thriving tradition

We live in a golden age of Christmas carol composition. Ivan Moody considers the challenges of writing new seasonal music and the ways in which they are met by today’s composers
Video: a portrait of Daniil Trifonov

Video: a portrait of Daniil Trifonov

A compelling extract from Christopher Nupen's profile of the young pianist
Critics' Choice 2017: the year's best-loved classical recordings

Critics' Choice 2017: the year's best-loved classical recordings

Our critics each choose a favourite recording from the past 12 months. If you’re after the perfect gift guide for Christmas, look no further!
Taking to the Mountains with music

Taking to the Mountains with music

A new film finds the Australian Chamber Orchestra adding musical magic to an exploration of mountains writes James Jolly
A Christmassy Collection of New Meanings for Old Words

A Christmassy Collection of New Meanings for Old Words

Tim Lihoreau offers up his unique definitions of a few long-neglected words. Surprisingly, many of them seem to relate to music and/or Christmas. Who would have thought?

Christmas gift guide 2017: indulgent classical box-sets

A well chosen box-set can greatly enhance even the most well-stocked record collection

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