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This Week's Essential New Classical Albums

Beethoven's Violin Concerto from Vadim Gluzman, Brahms by Julian Bliss, Mozart's concert arias starring Lisette Oropesa, a melancholy recital from Jean Rondeau and the powerful orchestral works of Magnus Lindberg

Top 10 Baroque composers

From around 1600 to 1750, the Baroque period witnessed the creation of some of the greatest musical masterpieces ever composed. Here's our beginner's guide to the greatest composers of the Baroque period

Top 10 Clara Schumann recordings

One of the most gifted musicians of her time, Clara Schumann's music has a depth and originality that has inspired many outstanding recordings. Here are 10 of the finest ...

Top 10 Renaissance Composers

The 16th century witnessed four major musical phenomena: the polyphonic school reached its zenith, the tradition of instrumental music was founded, the first opera was produced and music began to be printed for the first time. Here's our beginner's guide to the greatest composers of the Renaissance period

Top 10 Haydn recordings

Ten of the finest Haydn recordings, from Steven Isserlis, John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Leif Ove Andsnes and more

Top 10 Symphony Composers

After the extraordinary musical developments of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven the composition of a symphony became a daunting challenge, for many years the ultimate challenge for any composer. Many rose magnificently to that challenge, not least Brahms, Mahler, Sibelius and Shostakovich

This Week's Essential New Albums

Among this week's highlights are Gesualdo madrigals from Les Arts Florissants and Paul Agnew, Schnittke from Daniel Hope and Lars Vogt's Janáček