Schubert: Nachtviolen

Most of the songs in the 24-piece recital celebrate the darkness of melancholy and unrequited love

DVDs and Downloads

We Are the Best - DVD cover
A riotous Swedish romp about two tweenage girls who belatedly embrace anarchy in early 1980s Stockholm
Venus in Fur - DVD cover
Roman Polanski’s clever adaptation of David Ives’ play about erotic power games between a theatre director and an actress
Masters of the Sex - DVD cover
This series about the sex researchers who ‘taught America how to love’ is both intimate and unsensational
irmler/Liebezeit - Flut

Irmler/Liebezeit: Flut

Each track is balanced precariously between funky percussion and exploratory organ riffs

Electric Kulintang: Drum Codes

The duo lays down a complex polyrhythm on Filipino gongs and drums, over which an array of instruments carry the melody

Cover of Rossini's 'Maometto Secondo' as performed by Garsington Opera and conducted by David Parry

Rossini: Maometto Secondo

The opera’s structure comes across with epic force thanks to David Parry’s stylistically assured conducting

Steve Lehman Octet: Mise en Abîme

Dense compositional textures and discordant riffs make for exciting and original music

CD cover of 'All You Who Sleep Tonight: Song Cycles' by Jonathan Dove

Jonathan Dove: All You Who Sleep Tonight

This delightful anthology demonstrates that the composer is heir to the 20th-century English song tradition

CD cover of Söndörgő by Tamburocket

Söndörgő: Tamburocket – Hungarian Fireworks

With their signature instrument, the tambura, the Eredics brothers pump new life into the traditional repertoire of Hungary

CD cover of 'Hypnotic Eye' by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye

The production is crisp, the pieces are punchy and the singer’s voice is still going strong at 63

Beck Song Reader

Various Artists: Beck Song Reader

Today’s musicians, with the likes of Norah Jones and Jack White, interpret Beck Hansen’s songs in their own unique fashion

Fred Hersch Trio: Floating

The pianist Fred Hersch delivers each clever touch with a logic of iron and rounds out each mood with an opulent technique

Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty

Structured as seven suites, the music is entrancing: a mix of abstract beats and quaking bass

Zemlinsky: A Florentine Tragedy/Six Maeterlinck Songs

A gory tale of illicit love, portrayed in sumptuous orchestral colours, its intensity barely contained until the denouement

White Fence: For the Recently Found Innocent

For the nostalgic, there’s imaginative commitment in this lovingly executed throwback to 1960s psychedelic rock

Dave Douglas & Uri Cane: Present Joys

Each track of traditional New England music reflects the sparse harmonies, dignified phrasing and a sense of community of a bygone era

Nora Gubisch and Alain Altinoglu: Folk Songs

The mezzo soprano and her regular accompanist explore the folk-inspired work of five classical composers spanning a century