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Recording of the Week,
Charles Hubert Parry's Judith from William Vann and the London Mozart Players
Parry’s 1888 oratorio on the Apocryphal tale of an avenging Jewish widow emerges as a worthy successor to Mendelssohn’s Elijah in this gripping world premiere recording with Sarah Fox, Kathryn Rudge and Toby Spence.
Chopin from Benjamin Grosvenor, Dvořák and Copland from Gianandrea Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra, Farrenc from Christoph König and the Solistes Européens Luxembourg, and a boxed set of Karajan recordings from Decca.
Anniversary tributes from artists including Maurizio Pollini, Rudolf Buchbinder, Teodor Currentzis, the Capuçon brothers.
The British pianist, who was particularly associated with the music of Nikolai Medtner, has died aged 80.
Including Riccardo Chailly conducting Orff's Carmina Burana, Dvořák's Piano Concerto from András Schiff and Shostakovich's Symphony No 14 from Bernard Haitink and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Presto Classical Recording of the Week
Sarah Fox (soprano), Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano), Toby Spence (tenor)
Crouch End Festival Chorus, London Mozart Players, William Vann
Available format: 2 SACDs, MP3, FLAC
William Vann conducts the London Mozart Players, Crouch End Festival Chorus and soloists Sarah Fox, Kathryn Rudge and Toby Spence in the world premiere recording of Parry's neglected oratorio Judith.
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