Oliver Condy plays Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 731 on the organ of the Traukirche, Dornheim, Germany
The BBC Music Magazine July 2018 Opera Choice
Introducing our Opera Choice for the July issue of BBC Music Magazine: Massanet’s Werther on DVD on the Accentus label, starring Juan Diego Flórez, Anna Stéphany, Mélissa Petit, Audun Iversen, etc. They are accompanied by Philharmonia Zürich, conducted by Cornelius Meister.
Maximum Reger: A regal homage to Reger
This DVD was our Instrumental Choice in August 2017.
Max Reger is one of the most unjustly neglected composers in music history. That’s the contention of producer Will Fraser, of Fugue State Films, whose mighty six-DVD set devoted to the German more than meets his ambition to correct that wrong.
In an era when fewer and fewer classical music documentaries are being made, Maximum Reger pulls out all the stops. Everything about the project is impressive, its scale and scope a suitable match for this gargantuan late-Romantic composer.
Maximum Reger is, said our critic Erik Levi, ‘a hugely rewarding achievement that should persuade us all to revisit our preconceptions of Max Reger’s place in music history.’
1948: Our March Recording of the Month by Laura van der Heijden
Laura Van der Heijden’s debut disc was our Recording of the Month in the March issue of BBC Music Magazine.
BBC Music Magazine March 2018 Opera Choice: Puccini’s La Boheme
Our Opera Choice this month is a DVD of Puccini’s La Boheme, performed by the Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Regio Torino with soloists, under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Alex Ollé. Head to classical-music.com to see our other March choices!
La bohème (DVD)
Irina Lungu, Giorgio Berrugi, Kelebogile Besong, Massimo Cavalletti, Benjamin Cho, Gabriele Sagona, Matteo Peirone; Chorus & Orchestra of the Teatro Regio Torino/Gianandrea Noseda; dir. Àlex Ollé (Turin, 2016)
C Major DVD: 742608; Blu-ray: 742704 112 mins
Our February 2018 Orchestral Choice: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (LSO/Sir Simon Rattle)
Our Orchestral Choice this month is a Blu-ray/DVD of a concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Here’s an extract of the title piece of the DVD, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Head to classical-music.com to see our other February choices!
Berg: Fragments from Wozzeck; Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre; Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Webern: Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6 (DVD & Blu-ray)
Barbara Hannigan (soprano); London Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle
LSO Live LSO 3028
The Owl, music by Toby Young, lyrics by Jennifer Thorp, performed by Exultate Singers conducted by David Ogden. 2017 Christmas commission from BBC Music Magazine.