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 Recording of the Week, Jiří Bělohlávek conducts Martinů's What Men Live By

by Katherine Cooper

The world premiere recording of a 1952 'pastoral opera' based on Tolstoy, captured three years before the Czech conductor's death in 2017.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 19th October 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Today's new recordings include Stravinsky from Valery Gergiev, Tchaikovsky from Vladimir Jurowski, and Schubert from René Jacobs.

 Interview, Bryn Terfel on Dreams and Songs

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine speaks to the great Welsh bass-baritone about his new album, which includes duets with Dame Emma Thompson, Joseph Calleja and Rob Brydon as well as the world premiere recording of Karl Jenkins's The Shepherd Poet of Passchendaele.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - October 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

The definitive Bach boxed set, an anniversary anthology from Deutsche Grammophon, and comprehensive collections of works by Hummel and François Couperin.

 Awards, Opus Klassik Awards 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris rounds up this year's 'Deutscher Musikpreis' winners, which were presented on Sunday at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

 Recording of the Week, Daniil Trifonov brings freshness and clarity to Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos

by James Longstaffe

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov brings his customary thoughtfulness and virtuosity to an impressive new account of one of the most familiar of all piano concertos.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 12th October 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Today's new recordings include Bach from Kim Kashkashian, Beethoven from Alexandre Tharaud, and Schubert from Sir John Tomlinson.

 Interview, The Calidore Quartet on 'Resilience'

by David Smith

The members of the young American string quartet talk to David about their début recording, which features four quartets from composers experiencing a variety of personal and political traumas.

 Presto CD, New RCA titles added to our Presto CD catalogue

by Chris O'Reilly

Highlights from the latest additions include recordings by Toscanini, Leontyne Price, Günter Wand and Leonard Slatkin.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - November 2018 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from Sean Shibe, Dénes Várjon, and Daniel Barenboim plus friends and family.

 Awards, Schallplattenkritik Awards 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Details of the German Record Critics’ Annual Awards were announced last week - read on for the jury's observations on the classical winners.

 Obituary, Montserrat Caballé (1933-2018)

by Chris O'Reilly

The great Spanish soprano, renowned for her legendary pianissimi and superb command of bel canto, has died at the age of 85.

 Recording of the Week, A moving recital from Igor Levit with music by Bach, Liszt and Wagner

by Katherine Cooper

Igor Levit explores music of transfiguration and transcendence in his Life Album, an eclectic recital of Bach-via-Busoni and Wagner-via-Liszt.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 5th October 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Today's new releases include solo Bach from Hilary Hahn, Shostakovich from Gianandrea Noseda and the LSO, Mahler from Adam Fischer and Chopin from Ingrid Fliter.

 Interview, Stuart Skelton on Wagner

by Katherine Cooper

The Australian tenor (currently singing Siegmund in the Royal Opera House's Ring Cycle) talks to Katherine about his career as a Wagnerian and his debut solo recording Shining Knight, recently released on ABC Classics.

 Interview, Sean Shibe on softLOUD

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine talks to the award-winning young guitarist about his confrontational new album, which mixes seventeenth-century Scottish lute music with works by Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe and David Lang.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - September 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for September, with boisterous Bernstein from Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra at the top of the tree.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - September 2018

by Katherine Cooper

A Winterreise with a twist, a voluptuous tour of fin de siècle Vienna with Barbara Hannigan, and a fascinating collection of orchestral music by the British twentieth-century composer Ruth Gipps.

 Recording of the Week, Masaaki Suzuki completes his Bach cantata cycle

by David Smith

Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium bring their mighty Bach cycle to a close with a pairing of two 'Cantatas of Contentment'.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 28th September 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Mahler from Mariss Jansons, Pärt from Viktoria Mullova and Paavo Järvi, Chopin and Schubert from Steven isserlis, and Klemperer from the Richard Itter archives.