Out now: Olli Mustonen’s Rautavaara and Martinů: Piano Concertos No. 3

Today sees the release of the third Piano Concertos of Rautavaara and Martinů on BIS records, featuring Olli Mustonen with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dalia Stasevska. Having recorded both concertos in January 2022, they performed the Rautavaara concerto in February 2023 in Lahti. Now available to buy and stream. https://bis.se/performers/mustonen-olli/rautavaara-martin-piano-concertos-no-3

Out now: Alpesh Chauhan’s debut recording

Today sees the release of Alpesh Chauhan’s debut album, Tchaikovsky: Orchestral works for Chandos Records, which was recorded at Glasgow City Halls with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra of which Alpesh is Associate Conductor. The recording features a collection of the composer’s symphonic fantasias: La Tempête, Francesca da Rimini, and The Voyevoda, alongside the OvertureRead more ›

Out now: Zlata Chochieva’s Im Freien

Today, Zlata Chochieva releases Im Freien, her second album on naïve. With this selection of Schumann, Ravel, Liszt, Schulz-Evler and Bartók as well as the lesser known Draeseke, Chochieva presents an exploration of her connection with the natural world. “Zlata Chochieva beautifully inhabits these composer’s very different sound worlds – including superb interpretations of Schumann’s Waldszenen and Ravel’s Miroirs –Read more ›

Laura performs World Premiere with BBC Scottish Symphony

Tonight celebrated cellist Laura van der Heijden performs the World Premiere of Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s new cello concerto with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow, conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth. Cheryl’s exciting new work takes its inspiration from nature and will be available to stream on BBC Sounds following to its first broadcast next week (25 May).Read more ›

JBM Artists head for Australia and New Zealand

Anthony Marwood is in Australia and New Zealand for a month, working with Sydney Conservatorium, the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne Recital Centre (a recital with pianist Stefan Cassomenos) and on the jury of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in Queenstown and Auckland, New Zealand. Andrew Litton heads to Adelaide this week for a RachmaninoffRead more ›

Henning Kraggerud brings Romantarctica to Tasmania

At Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall this week, Henning Kraggerud’s composition Romantarctica for solo violin, clarinet and orchestra will receive its Australian premiere with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, one of the co-commissioners of the work, together with the orchestra’s Principal Clarinet Andrew Seymour, and the composer as violin soloist and director. Romantarctica brings together two portsRead more ›

Christopher Moulds in Munich

Last weekend saw the successful premiere of Christopher Rüping’s production of Il ritorno / The Year of Magical Thinking at the Bayerische Staatsoper under the baton of Christopher Moulds, as part of the Staatsoper’s Ja, Mai Festival celebrating the synergies between the various disciplines of the arts.   “[T]he Bavarian State Orchestra and the Monteverdi Continuo Ensemble conjured upRead more ›

Maria Włoszczowska plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

This week, Maria Włoszczowska tours Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, play/directing the orchestra in three concerts throughout England’s north. The programme also includes the Cavatina from Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 130 and Bartók’s Divertimento. Next month in Gateshead, Maria joins Dinis Sousa in recital for a programme celebrating the Mendelssohns and theRead more ›

Mazzola at Dutch National Opera

Italian Maestro Enrique Mazzola conducts the opening night of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at Dutch National Opera this weekend. This new production, by Jetske Mijnssen, promises to be a hugely successful project with a stellar cast including Aigul Akhmetshina in the role of Elizabeth. Performances run until 28 May, after which time Enrique travels to BerlinRead more ›

Out now: Viviane Hagner releases Takemitsu’s Spectral Canticle

In Spring 2022, Viviane Hagner joined the BBC Philharmonic, conductor Christian Karlsen and guitarist Jacob Kellermann to record Tōru Takemitsu’s Spectral Canticle. Today, BIS releases the album which includes three other works by Takemitsu, namely To the Edge of Dream, Vers, l’arc-en-ciel, Palma and Twill by Twilight. Stay tuned for its UK release next month! Find out more here.