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01Saturday Classics20160402

Rob Cowan mines the archive for great recordings, forgotten musical heroes and repertory adventures

This week, conductor Rene Leibowitz sends Faust on a whirling dance routine, Conchita Supervia proves the most alluring Carmen ever and Rafael Kubelik conducts Karl Amadeus Hartmann's fiercely intense Second Symphony.

02Saturday Classics20160409

Rob Cowan mines the archive for great recordings, forgotten musical heroes and repertory adventures

This week, conductor Willem Mengelberg presents lively Handel from New York, Elly Ameling and Helen Watts sing Bach, while violinist Henryk Szeryng's account of Szymanowski's luminous Concerto no.2 is an unmissable classic of the gramophone.