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 Presto CD, Presto CD - launched today!

Presto CD - launched today!Over recent years we've noticed an increasing number of very good (and sometimes outstanding) recordings being deleted on CD as they're not selling 'enough' to apparently warrant their continued existence in the CD catalogue.

Of course downloading is increasingly becoming an alternative option for these recordings, but what about those people who still prefer CD? Or if the repertoire in question is perhaps a song or opera and you particularly want the booklet so you can read the translations?

Well, today we're thrilled to be able to announce the launch of ‘Presto CD’.

Manufactured by us here at Presto Classical under licence from the original record labels, Presto CD produces a finished product almost indistinguishable from the original factory pressed version. Each disc includes full booklets and inlays, whilst the audio, (sourced directly from the factory) is 100% identical to that found on the original CD version.

Presto CDs play on all standard CD players.

Penguin Rosettes

For the first batch we're thrilled to be able to bring back 43 wonderful Penguin Rosette Guide winners. All are outstanding recordings in their own right, and the majority of them are not currently available on CD in any other form.

Sumi Jo sings virtuoso arias by composers including Adam, Boieldieu, Delibes and Massenet, with Richard Bonynge and the English Chamber Orchestra.

Available Formats: Presto CD, MP3, FLAC

George Malcolm performs a selection of baroque favourites including Bach's Italian Concerto and Daquin's Le Coucou - and Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumble-Bee!

Available Format: Presto CD

David Zinman conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Three Places in New England, New England Holidays and There they are.

Available Format: Presto CD

Josef Krips conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker in the 'Unfinished' and the London Symphony Orchestra in the 'Great', recorded in 1958 and 1969 respectively.

Available Formats: Presto CD, MP3, FLAC

Benjamin Britten conducts the English Chamber Orchestra in his Simple Symphony and works by Bridge, Delius, Elgar and Purcell.

Available Format: Presto CD

Michala Petri performs works by William Babell, John Baston, Handel and Gordon Jacob with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields under the direction of Kenneth Sillito.

Available Formats: Presto CD, MP3, FLAC

Zoltán Kocsis plays Rachmaninov's Second Sonata plus a selection of Preludes and Études-Tableaux.

Available Format: Presto CD

Artists including Alan Stringer, Sir Neville Marriner and the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble by JS Bach, Charpentier, Handel, Vivaldi and others.

Available Format: Presto CD

Daniel Barenboim conducts the Orchestre de Paris in the Trois Nocturnes, Printemps and fragments from Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien.

Available Formats: Presto CD, MP3, FLAC

Herbert von Karajan conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker on this 1988 recording.

Available Format: 2 Presto CDs

Zoltán Kocsis plays the 14 Bagatelles and Roumanian Folk-dances.

Available Formats: Presto CD, MP3, FLAC

Singers include Janet Baker, Teresa Berganza, Catherine Bott and Luciano Pavarotti, in arias from Dido and Aeneas, La Calisto, Artaxerxes and other works.

Available Format: Presto CD

Christophe Rousset plays the Italian Concerto, French Overture and Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor.

Available Formats: Presto CD, MP3, FLAC

Alfred Brendel plays Piano Sonatas Nos. 47, 53 and 56.

Available Formats: Presto CD, MP3, FLAC

Salvatore Accardo directs I Solisti di Napoli from the violin in the Four Seasons and concertos for multiple violins.

Available Formats: Presto CD, MP3, FLAC

Iván Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra in Legends, the Prague Waltzes and other short orchestral works.

Available Format: Presto CD

Pierre Amoyal and Pascal Rogé play the two Violin Sonatas and shorter works for violin and piano.

Available Format: Presto CD

Charles Dutoit conducts the Orchestre National de France in works including the Sinfonietta, Bucolique and Suite francaise; Pascal Rogé is the soloist in the Concert champêtre.

Available Format: Presto CD

Emil Gilels plays the Appassionata and Pathétique' sonatas, and the Sonata No. 31 Op. 110.

Available Format: Presto CD

Rafael Kubelik directs the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Rudolf Firkušný is the piano soloist in the Concertino.

Available Format: Presto CD

Michel Plasson conducts the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse.

Available Format: Presto CD

Giuseppe Sinopoli's 1990 recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus; soloists include Cheryl Studer, Waltraud Meier and Thomas Allen.

Available Format: 2 Presto CDs

Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Available Formats: Presto CD, MP3, FLAC

Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Available Format: Presto CD

Richter plays works by JS Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Haydn, Schubert, Scriabin and others.

Available Format: 2 Presto CDs

Mikhail Pletnev conducts the Russian National Orchestra.

Available Format: 2 Presto CDs

Los Romeros play favourite works by Boccherini, Falla, Giménez, Sor, Turina and others.

Available Format: Presto CD

Karel Ancerl conducts the Czech Philharmonic in the Requiem; a selection of the Biblical Songs are performed by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Jörg Demus.

Available Format: 2 Presto CDs

Sir Georg Solti conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in works by Borodin, Glinka and Mussorgsky.

Available Format: Presto CD

Stephen Kovacevich is the soloist in these performances from the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis.

Available Format: Presto CD

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra perform overtures from Tancredi, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La scala di seta and other operas.

Available Formats: Presto CD, MP3, FLAC

Wilhelm Kempff performs the Impromptus D899 and D935, the Piano Sonatas Nos. 13 and 21, and the Moments Musicaux D780.

Available Format: 2 Presto CDs

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in four of Handel's best-known suites.

Available Format: Presto CD

Michala Petri & George Malcolm performs sonatas by Italian baroque masters.

Available Format: Presto CD

Christopher Hogwood conducts the Academy of Ancient Music.

Available Formats: Presto CD, MP3, FLAC

Anthony Halstead is the soloist, with Christopher Hogwood conducting the Academy of Ancient Music.

Available Format: Presto CD

Marilyn Horne performs arias from Semiramide, La Cenerentola, Tancredi and others with Henry Lewis and the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande and Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Available Format: Presto CD

The Choir of King's College Cambridge perform the Masses for three, four and five voices under Sir David Willcocks.

Available Formats: Presto CD, MP3, FLAC

The great British mezzo sings works by JS Bach, Cavalli, Chausson, Delage, Purcell, Rameau and Ravel.

Available Formats: Presto CD, MP3, FLAC

Clifford Curzon is the soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra under Benjamin Britten.

Available Formats: Presto CD, MP3, FLAC

Giuseppe Sinopoli conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Available Format: Presto CD

Bernard Haitink conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with Alfred Brendel as soloist.

Available Formats: Presto CD, MP3, FLAC

The tenor sings traditional folksongs from his native Scotland, accompanied by Bob Sharples.

Available Formats: 2 Presto CDs, MP3, FLAC

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