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 Recording of the Week, François-Xavier Roth conducts orchestral works by Debussy

by James Longstaffe

James listens to a captivating account of three orchestral works by Debussy from François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles, performed on authentic instruments.

 Awards, Recordings of the Year 2018 - Our Top 10

by Chris O'Reilly

The winners revealed - ten fantastic recordings which really stood out from the crowd for us over the past twelve months, plus the results of our new special category awards...

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 7th December 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Naive’s Vivaldi Edition continues in style with Il Giustino, the Quatuor Ébène’s former viola-player conducts some exhilarating Mozart, and Gottfried von der Goltz supersizes Corelli.

 Interview, John Francis on A Vaughan Williams Christmas

by David Smith

The Chairman of Albion Records talks to David about a new album recorded by the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, devoted entirely to Christmas works by Vaughan Williams and featuring a number of world-première recordings.

 Favourites, Christmas Releases 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Festive albums from artists including Masaaki Suzuki, Rolando Villazón, Daniel Behle, The Sixteen, Apollo’s Fire, and the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.

 Presto CD, 50 new titles added on Sony, Columbia and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi

by Chris O'Reilly

An eclectic mix of titles, including Nielsen from Esa-Pekka Salonen, Wagner from Bruno Walter, and Bach from Hille Perl.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - November 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for November, with Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna's Mahler Six in first place...

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

by Katherine Cooper

Schumann from Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber, Beethoven from Maxim Emelyanychev and the Nizhny Novgorod Soloists, and Elgar from Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé.

 Recording of the Week, 100 Years of Nine Lessons & Carols from King's

by David Smith

David enjoys a retrospective recording from the choir of King's College, looking back on a century of festive music-making and forward to a new era.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 30th November 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Verdi from Fabio Biondi (yes, really!), Berlioz from Michael Tilson Thomas and the late Sir Colin Davis, and Debussy centenary tributes from pianists Javier Perianes and Roger Muraro.

 Awards, Recordings of the Year - Special Category Nominees

by Chris O'Reilly

In advance of the final verdicts next Friday, we reveal the shortlists for our six new special awards - including Rising Star, Conductor of the Year, and two separate categories of world premiere recordings.

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - November 2018

by David Smith

Includes new releases from the Chiaroscuro Quartet, Nemanja Radulović, Marina Rebeka and Nikolaj Znaider, plus two vintage re-issues from the Salzburg Festival.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Chamber and Instrumental Music enthusiasts

by Chris O'Reilly

Our top picks for fans of chamber music - including selected recordings, box sets, books and sheet music.

 Interview, Colin Currie on The Scene of the Crime

by David Smith

Trailblazing percussionist Colin Currie talks to David about his recent duo recording with trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger.

 Recording of the Week, Vivaldi from Cecilia Bartoli and Ensemble Matheus

by Katherine Cooper

Nearly twenty years after her landmark album devoted to the operas of the 'Red Priest', the Italian mezzo is as dazzling as ever in arias from works including Orlando furioso, Il Giustino and Ottone in Villa.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 23rd November 2018

by James Longstaffe

Highlights from Porpora’s Christmas Oratorio, Handel from Sabine Devieilhe and Léa Desandre, Debussy and Ravel from Joseph Moog, and the final instalment of Chloë Hanslip and Danny Driver’s Beethoven Violin Sonatas.

 Awards, Recordings of the Year 2018 - Our Top 100

by Chris O'Reilly

The first meeting of the Presto Awards committee is over, and it's time to reveal the 100 recordings which have most impressed our editorial team this year...

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - November 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Jaap van Zweden’s Ring Cycle with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Colin Davis’s complete recordings of Berlioz with the London Symphony Orchestra, and collections celebrating Carlos Kleiber, Henryk Szeryng, Riccardo Chailly and Claudio Abbado.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Baroque and Early Music fans

by Chris O'Reilly

Books and recordings for lovers of medieval, Renaissance and baroque music.

 Awards, Palmarès des Diapason d'or 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces the winners of this year's Awards, revealed at a ceremony last night in Paris.