Best of the year from EMI and Virgin Classics

Antonio Pappano Antonio Pappano Antonio Pappano

Antonio Pappano Antonio Pappano and the choir and orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia present Rossini’s final French opera seria, William Tell, recorded live in concert in Rome.

Diana Damrau Diana Damrau Diana Damrau

Diana Damrau Soprano Diana Damrau presents Richard Strauss’ songs. Favourites such as Ständchen, Wiegenlied, and Allerseelen feature alongside more rarely heard numbers.

Simon Rattle Simon Rattle Simon Rattle

Simon Rattle Following the release of the complete Brahms symphonies, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker have recorded a programme of orchestral works by Arnold Schoenberg.

Kate Royal Kate Royal Kate Royal

Kate Royal This song cycle charts a young girl’s journey of love and loss in four chapters: Waiting, Meeting, Wedding and Betrayal. It combines German Lieder, English and American songs and French melodies.

Alexandre Tharaud The imaginative French pianist performs a selection of Domenico Scarlatti’s captivating keyboard sonatas, drawing inspiration from developments in historically informed performance.

Joyce DiDonato DiDonato takes full advantage of the vocal and gender range of the mezzo repertoire, voicing not only the eager young men of her many “trouser” roles but also passionate heroines.

Christina Pluhar Christina Pluhar Christina Pluhar

Christina Pluhar L’Arpeggiata, the multi-faceted ensemble led by Christina Pluhar, brings its “unrivalled instrumental and vocal virtuosity” to Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine.

The John Wilson Orchestra The John Wilson Orchestra The John Wilson Orchestra Quatuor Ebène

Quatuor Ebène Quatuor Ebène Quatuor Ebène

The John Wilson Orchestra World renowned conductor and arranger John Wilson leads an all-star cast of singers and his eponymous orchestra on this recording of the bestloved songs from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

After their award-winning debut CD of Debussy, Ravel and Fauré, a Brahms programme and the pop-jazz Fiction, the quartet turns to two of Mozart’s Haydn Quartets and the Divertimento KV 138.

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