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CPE Bach: Württenmberg Sonatas (Esfahani)

Harpsichord master takes us on a remarkable keyboard adventure
Classical Music

Wagner: Arias (Rutherford, Bergen Philharmonic/Litton)

Young Brit joins new generation of eminent Wagnerians
 

Bach: St. John Passion (Academy of Ancient Music/Egarr)

An enlightened resurrection of Bach's original St. John Passion
 

CPE Bach: Württenmberg Sonatas (Esfahani)

Harpsichord master takes us on a remarkable keyboard adventure
Opera

Wagner: Arias (Rutherford, Bergen Philharmonic/Litton)

Young Brit joins new generation of eminent Wagnerians
 

Che Puro Ciel (Mehta, Akademie für Alto Musik Berlin/Jacobs)

Mehta and Jacobs prove that it's not just all about Gluck
 

Mozart: Concert Arias for Tenor (Villazon, LSO/Pappano)

Prepare to enter an olde Mozartian curiositie shoppe
Light Classics

Between Worlds (Avital)

Avital’s world tour manages to take the mandolin out of Italy
 

Decca Sound: The Acoustic Years (Various)

Another galvanising dip into the historical archives from Decca
 

Composed Noise (The NOISE)

Improvised quartets succeed despite vicissitudes of chance
Jazz

Tchaikovsky, Ellington: Nutcracker Suites (Harmonie Ensemble/Richman)

A 1960 crossover project that works a Christmassy treat
 

Gershwin: Take Two (Tedeschi)

Tedeschi makes it a double with a second shot of neat Gershwin.
 

Duende

Far more than just background noise, this album demands to be put into the spotlight.
World

Latitude 37: Empires

Latitude 37's Grand Tour of the 18th century's cultural borders.
 

Jordi Savall: Pro Pacem

Savall unites musicians in a multicultural plea for world peace.
 

Concerto of the Greater Sea (Tawadros; Tognetti; Australian Chamber Orchestra)

Oud vibrations: Joseph Tawadros teams up with the ACO.
Stage

Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary (Master Choral, Los Angeles Philharmonic/Dudamel)

Dudamel and Co illuminate a passionate choral cry for peace
 

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (Bergen Philharmonic, Järvi)

A vigorous reading that doesn't quite displace the benchmarks
 

Berlin, Weill, Porter: Golden Age Songs (Raabe)

Oops, Max Raabe did it again in a German nostalgia fan’s dream.
Film

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)

Wes Anderson cooks up an extravagant Hungarian goulash
 

Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen Brothers)

The shadow of Bob Dylan hangs over a folkie rags-to-riches tale.
 

The Book Thief

More unleavened pain might have lead to more filmic gain.
Visual Art

Jordi Savall: Pro Pacem

Savall unites musicians in a multicultural plea for world peace.
 

Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre (La Fura Dels Baus DVD)

Ligeti’s Big Mac is an anti-anti-opera for our times.
 

Bill Cunningham New York

A charming portrait: Bill Cunningham will win you over.
Audio Visual

Speaker of the House

The final links in the chain in your home hi-fi set-up are the speakers. Read on to find out which of these shiny pieces of kit will do your system justice.
 

Next-Gen Blu-Ray

The latest Blu-ray players are packed with an ever-expanding array of features, but as our group test shows, performance is still king.
 

DACs Duke It Out

While it may not be the obvious star of your hi-fi set-up, a decent digital-to-analogue converter can transform the sound of your digital music collection.
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