Orchestral

A fizzing performance of Bizet and Gounod

It bubbles along with infectious delight in the SCO’s hands – I could listen to them playing this all day – dazzling between wind and strings

Hannu Lintu completes his Lutosławski symphony cycle in style

‘Altogether, Lintu’s Lutosławki cycle sets a new standard’

John Wilson delights audiences with this French programme

‘All the performances are beyond praise and superbly recorded'

Vasily Petrenko gives voice to Strauss’s tone poems

'Don Quixote emerges as one of the richest orchestral scores ever composed, the ultimate opera for orchestra'

Lucas Blondeel and Le Concert d'Anvers express freedom and originality in Haydn

‘Performance of all three works are lively and compelling, and the recording is first-rate’

James Ehnes and the RLPO pay handsome homage to Vaughan Williams

‘The music sounds as rapturously beautiful as ever’

Simon Rattle’s LSO directorial debut brilliantly captured in no-frills film

‘There are no visual gimmicks, no additional features, and not even the titles of the works in the programme are shown’

The Minnesota Orchestra shines a new light on Mahler’s First Symphony

‘Every dynamic marking, every nuance of rubato is scrupulously adhered to’

Fauré fully illuminated: a glorious new recording of orchestral works

‘Ivor Bolton and his players have clearly taken the composer’s aggravation seriously and the result is pure delight’

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