Only months after Deutsche Grammophon released Anne-Sophie Mutter's recording of Bach's violin concertos, Decca released Julia Fischer's recording of the same pieces. The similarities between the two discs run deeper than merely their shared repertoire. Both labels are branches of Universal Music Group and both violinists are individualistic German women, though Mutter is currently at the peak of her career while Fischer is just a bit past starting out. The differences, however, are likewise remarkable. The Deutsche Grammophon disc includes the world premiere of a new work by Sofia Gubaidulina dedicated to the violinist, while the Decca disc includes the more conventional coupling of Bach's Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor, BWV 1060.
The second series of the hugely successful Wainwright Walks. Julia Bradbury retraces the footsteps of the legendary fell walker, artist and guide writer Alfred Wainwright using his "Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells" on a further six walks. Includes the popular walks Helvellyn, Catbells and Helm Crag, the true summit of which Wainwright himself never succeeded in reaching. DVD extras include an interview with Eric Robson, Chairman of the Wainwright Society.