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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - June 2022

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for June, with Marc-André Hamelin's recording of William Bolcom's complete piano rags on Hyperion in first place...

 Recording of the Week, Ronald Brautigam performs piano concertos by Johann Wilhelm Wilms

by James Longstaffe

Fortepianist Ronald Brautigam is joined by the Kölner Akademie and conductor Michael Alexander Willens for the first of two volumes of concertos by the composer once described as "the Dutch Beethoven".

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 1st July 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Haydn from Giovanni Antonini, Mouton from the Brabant Ensemble, French trumpet concertos from Håkan Hardenberger, and the world premiere recording of a powerful new song-cycle for tenor and string quartet by Nico Muhly.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - June 2022

by Katherine Cooper

A tour de force of a recital from contemporary music diva and composer Héloïse Werner (plus a rich and varied roster of instrumental soloists), a revelatory Dichterliebe from Matthias Goerne and Daniil Trifonov, and a superb collection of the young Ravel's ambitious submissions for the Prix de Rome...

 Interview, Florian Sempey on Rossini

by Katherine Cooper

The French baritone discusses his new album Figaro? Sì! (out now on Alpha Classics), the stage-director who transformed his perspective on Rossini's wheeler-dealing barber, and how the composer's joie de vivre is often underscored by melancholy...

 Video Interview, Lola Descours on Bassoon Steppes

by David Smith

The bassoonist discusses her new album of transcriptions, featuring Shostakovich, Rachmaninov and more, and the unique relationship between the instrument and Russian repertoire.

 Recording of the Week, Freddie De Tommaso - Il Tenore

by Katherine Cooper

The young British-Italian tenor is on barnstorming form in a programme of scenes and arias from Tosca, Turandot, Madama Butterfly and Carmen, with equally impressive guest appearances from Lise Davidsen, Natalya Romaniw and Aigul Akhmetshina.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 24th June 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Massenet orchestral songs with soloists including Véronique Gens and Étienne Dupuis, Vivaldi from Les Arts Florissants, music by three Latvian composers from Kremerata Baltica, and Bach from Israeli multi-instrumentalist Alon Sariel.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - July 2022 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, headed by the 'greatest recording' of Handel's 1708 oratorio La Resurrezione from Harry Bicket and The English Concert on Linn.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - June 2022

by Katherine Cooper

This month's heavyweights include a newly remastered edition of Jacqueline du Pré's complete Warner recordings, German pianist Carl Seemann's complete recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, and Sir Mark Elder's cycle of the Vaughan Williams symphonies with the Hallé.

 Interview, Tom Poster and Elena Urioste on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's chamber music

by David Smith

The acclaimed husband-and-wife duo talk about their latest project – bringing the early chamber works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor back into the repertoire in new editions, recorded by the Kaleidoscope Ensemble.

 Recording of the Week, Wranitzky Symphonies from Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

by Katherine Cooper

Bernhard Forck leads Akamus in a spirited showcase of the Moravian-born composer’s gifts as an orchestrator, featuring the overture to Oberon, the ‘Grande Symphonie caractéristique pour la Paix avec la République francaise’, and the ‘Tempest’ Symphony.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 17th June 2022

by Katherine Cooper

A musical journey 'in the footsteps of Rumi', Chopin & Rachmaninoff from Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov, Mozart & Voříšek from Herbert Blomstedt, and Strauss from Hanna-Elisabeth Müller.

 Coming Soon, Jonathan Tetelman's debut solo recording and other forthcoming highlights

by Katherine Cooper

The Chilean-American tenor's album of French and Italian opera arias will be released in August, with other stand-out releases for late summer including Mahler from François-Xavier Roth & Les Siècles, Fatma Said's Kaleidoscope, and Kurtág's Kafka-Fragmente from Anna Prohaska and Isabelle Faust.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - July 2022

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces next month's selection, headed by 'extraordinary and revelatory' Ravel from Cédric Tiberghien, Stéphane Degout, Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth on Harmonia Mundi.

 Interview, Bart Van Reyn on CPE Bach's Die Auferstehung

by Katherine Cooper

The Belgian conductor discusses his new recording of Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu, a passion-oratorio on Christ's Resurrection and Ascension which was conducted by Mozart in the presence of Beethoven and Haydn (and influenced the latter's The Creation).

 Recording of the Week, Marc-André Hamelin performs William Bolcom's complete piano rags

by David Smith

The Canadian pianist brings the 1960s' great ragtime revival into the present with a new recording of the complete rags of one of its leading lights.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 10th June 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra give world premieres of music by their compatriots, plus David Lang's the writings, Grieg from Peter Donohoe, and John Ireland from John Wilson and Sinfonia of London.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - June 2022 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, headed by a 'mesmerising' debut recording of Lassus, Beethoven, Adès & Dowland from the Castalian String Quartet on Delphian.

 Interview, Franz Welser-Möst on Richard Strauss

by Katherine Cooper

The Austrian conductor talks to Katherine about his lifelong affection for the composer's music, his new recording of Macbeth, Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel with the Cleveland Orchestra, and why their home at Severance Hall is 'the absolute perfect setting' for some of Strauss's most magical moments...