Classical review: Roman Trekel's Wigmore recital is both riveting and perverse

Roman Trekel, Malcolm Martineau

Lindtsrom as Turandot and Elliott as Altoum

Classical review: Turandot, Royal Opera House, London

There’s nothing like kicking off a new season with an old favourite.

Marin Alsop conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Last Night of the Proms

Classical review: The final Proms cover the waterfront, and the Last Night is the best in years thanks to Marin Alsop

Prom 72 – Calleja, Orchestra Verdi, Zhang (***)

Prom 73 - Cooper, Lewis (*****)

Prom 74 – Sonnleitner, Vienna Phil, Maazel (***)

Prom 75 – DiDonato, Kennedy, BBCSO, Alsop (*****)

Review: Prom 71, Royal Albert Hall, London

What is it? Osmo Vänska conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Górecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, Anthony Payne's orchestration of Vaughan Williams's Four Last Songs and Tchaikovsky's Sixth, the Pathétique.

Album: The Sixteen, Palestrina, vol 4 (Coro)

The faithful who gazed up at the didactic art of Rome's places of worship did so to the music of Palestrina, whose soaring, arcing lines and setting with conviction of the Mass and other liturgical and biblical texts are wondrously realised in The Sixteen's continuing exploration of the composer.

Album: Arcanto Quartett, Jörg Widmann, Mozart: Clarinet Quintet (Harmonia Mundi)

Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet was a literally unique combination at the time he wrote it, requiring a judicious balance of parts: usually when an extra instrument was added to the quartet format it would involve two violas, but here the use of two violins leads to refinement in the higher register, rather than more clutter.

Album: Jonas Kaufmann, The Best of Jonas Kaufmann (Decca)

Though now acknowledged as a modern master of Wagnerian interpretation, Jonas Kaufmann first made his reputation playing a range of French and German operatic heroes for conductors such as Abbado, Pappano and Gardiner.

Album: The Ebor Singers, Paul Gameson, Mystery & Miracle: Music From Medieval York (Boreas)

This survey of sacred a cappella music linked to the city of York furnishes some surprises, not least the revelation that the earliest surviving sacred polyphony was intended not for church service but the community-based performances associated with the York Mystery Plays.

Classical Review: Prom 67 – Jansen, Escaich, Orchestre de Paris, Jarvi, Royal Albert Hall / Chamber Prom 8 – Bostridge, Kenny, Fretwork, Cadogan Hall

Begun during the Spanish Civil War and finished in the first weeks of the Second World War, Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto – ‘rather serious, I’m afraid’ was his wry comment - opens with a Beethovenian gesture on timpani after which the soloist asserts dominance by turning gentle somersaults high above the orchestra.

American Lulu

American Lulu, Edinburgh International Festival, Kings Theatre

Atonal opera is never the easiest performance to love. An atonal opera reconceived in the jazz style, about a charmless woman devoid of redeeming features, shoehorned into a clunky political setting, performed for almost two hours without an interval, has everything to do.

Classical review: British conductors bring the sounds of revolution to the Lucerne Festival

“Viva la revolucion!” An incongruous idea, perhaps, amid the Swiss lakes and mountains, let alone Lucerne’s ever-shiny music festival. But there we go: revolution, or its musical history, is the event’s “theme” for its 75th birthday year.

Classical review: Midori premieres the new Eotvos concerto, and Camerata Nordica excel in Britten

Prom 63 – Midori, Philharmonia, Salonen (*****)

Proms Saturday Matinee 5 – Bullock, Camerata Nordica, Tonnesen (****)

Power struggle: Robert Hayward and Tanja Ariane Baumgartner in Bluebeard’s Castle

Edinburgh Festival 2013 classical review: Dido and Aeneas/Bluebeard's Castle: Lament for broken-hearted heroines

Tormented like Bartok's Mrs Bluebeard, or bereft like Purcell's Dido, it's been a tough week for the women of opera

Album: Mahler, Lieder eines Fahrenden etc/ Gerhaher/Nagano/OSDM (Sony)

The contained beauty of Christian Gerhaher's voice is but a small part of his art.

Classical review: Brahms and Stravinsky are done to death at the Proms, but Django Bates triumphs

Prom 61 – Frank Peter Zimmerman, BBCSO, Josep Pons (**)

Prom 62 – Norrbotten Big Band, Beloved, Django Bates (****)

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