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Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast: a guide to the best recordings

Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast: a guide to the best recordings

This cantata is striking for its raucousness, its silence and its feeling of having a heartbeat. There are certain interpretative essentials, which Andrew Mellor seeks out in his selection of recordings
The 10 greatest sunrises in music

The 10 greatest sunrises in music

Jeremy Nicholas listens to his favourite musical depictions of sunrise
The 10 most bizarre and tragic composer deaths

The 10 most bizarre and tragic composer deaths

Tales of the deaths of composers such as Lully and Alkan are well known. Denying that he has a morbid streak, David Threasher looks into the notable deaths of some other composers, some bizarre, some heart-rendingly sad
Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn: which recording to own?

Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn: which recording to own?

These Lieder have enjoyed numerous recordings in both their orchestral and piano versions. Richard Wigmore surveys those featuring all 12 songs and recommends the one to own
The specialist's guide to Broadway musicals

The specialist's guide to Broadway musicals (with ten essential recordings)

Musicals are many and varied, with several employing techniques from the the world of opera. Adrian Edwards selects his favourite recordings of some of those that originated on Broadway
The specialist's guide to animals in music

The specialist's guide to animals in music (with ten essential recordings)

There are the usual suspects by Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, Sibelius, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and so on, but here Harriet Smith digs deep to find a host of less obvious examples of pieces inspired by the animal kingdom
The specialist's guide to offbeat 18th-century symphonies

The specialist's guide to offbeat 18th-century symphonies (with ten essential recordings)

We’re familiar with symphonies by the big-name composers of the era, but Nalen Anthoni sifts through the many thousands written during that time to find some remarkable lesser-known ones from around Europe
Strauss's Alpine Symphony: which version to own?

Strauss's Alpine Symphony: which recording to own?

Hugo Shirley finds recordings that best convey the sense that something greater is at stake than the notes on the page in this symphony-cum-tone poem exploring humanity and nature
Top 10 recent Bach recordings (2018 update)

Top 10 recent Bach recordings (2018 update)

Love Bach? You've just found your next favourite recording...
Mischa Maisky: essential recordings

Mischa Maisky: essential recordings

A selection of the cellists finest albums to celebrate his 70th birthday

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