13th January: Last week’s top re-entries The Classical Album and The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music switch around, at no. 1 and no. 2, and Renée Fleming’s new album is the highest new entry at no. 8.
This year's Edinburgh International Festival is packed with performances by some of the biggest names in classical music. We've teamed up with them to bring you behind-the-scenes live sessions with some of those great musicians, including baritone Simon Keenlyside, violinist Pekka Kuusisto and pianist András Schiff
András Schiff plays Beethoven's monumental 'Emperor' Piano Concerto
The brilliant pianist András Schiff treated audiences at the Edinburgh International Festival this year to a performance of Beethoven's iconic 'Emperor' Piano Concerto. Ahead of his performance, he gave us this insight into one of Beethoven's most famous works:
Pekka Kuusisto plays the dramatic opening to Sibelius' Violin Concerto
It's one of the best-loved concertos for violin – and the opening to Sibelius' Violin Concerto is one of the most unusual and amazing ever written. Ahead of his performance of the work at the Edinburgh International Festival earlier this week, violinist Pekka Kuusisto gave us a special performance of that iconic opening.
Simon Keenlyside sings Jerome Kern's Let's Begin
The great baritone performs at The Queen's Hall in Edinburgh with Howard McGill on clarinet, Gordon Campbell on Trombone, Richard Pryce on Double bass, Matthew Regan on piano and Mike Smith on drums.