BBC Music Magazine

We reveal who’s recording what, and where…


Deutsche Grammophon and Decca are going all out for JS Bach’s 333rd birthday with a mammoth box set. Comprised of 222 discs featuring some 280 hours of music and over 750 performers, plus a documentar­y and two hardback books, JS Bach – The New Complete Edition is, according to the blurb, the most comprehens­ive composer box ever released. It’s certainly the heaviest, weighing in at a whopping 13.5kg.

Also marking a (not so big) birthday is The Sixteen, which celebrates 40 years in 2019 with UK and internatio­nal tours. On top of the live performanc­e plans, its label CORO is to release five albums including a new recording of Handel’s Acis and Galatea and a special 40th Anniversar­y Collection.

More and more unreleased archival BBC Radio recordings are making their way to the market, and we can thank The Richard Itter Archive for a good many of them. Both Lyrita/cameo Classics and ICA Classics have releases on the way, including Malcolm Sargent conducting Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust (Cameo) and multi-disc sets featuring Bruno Walter and Pierre Monteux (ICA).

Opera fans have a new label to look out for as soprano Marina Rebeka unveils Prima Classic. The label promises four recordings a year, including complete operas and recital discs. Its first release will be a collection of bel canto arias by Donizetti, Bellini and Spontini; titled Spirito, the recordings were made using facsimiles of the original manuscript­s.

Another new label has just launched o cially, following a set of inaugural releases over the summer. All That Dust is the brainchild of industry veterans Newton Armstrong, Juliet Fraser and Mark Knoop, and will provide recording opportunit­ies for composers and performers with a focus on contempora­ry classical music.

 ??  ?? Marina Rebeka: the soprano is launching a label
Marina Rebeka: the soprano is launching a label

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