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Latest News: Classical

 Interview, Francis Pott on 'Word'

by David Smith

Composer Francis Pott talks about his new album of larger-scale choral works with Oxford choir Commotio, released on Naxos this Friday.

 Obituary, Ennio Morricone (1928-2020)

by Chris O'Reilly

The Oscar-winning Italian composer, whose iconic film scores included A Fistful of Dollars, Cinema Paradiso and The Hateful Eight, has died aged 91.

 Obituary, Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin (1937-2020)

by David Smith

Nikolai Kapustin, pianist-composer known for fusing jazz with classical idioms in works of incredible virtuosic showmanship, has died aged 82.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 1: Confessions of a Bartók Salesman

by Matt Groom

The first episode in the brand new Presto Music Podcast series finds our Product Manager Paul Thomas in conversation with radio presenter and critic Rob Cowan, discussing recent releases and unearthing some juicy nuggets from Rob's past.

 Recording of the Week, William Alwyn's Miss Julie from Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

by Katherine Cooper

Real-life husband-and-wife Anna Patalong and Benedict Nelson star in the English composer's 1977 opera, based on Strindberg's great naturalistic drama from 1888.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up 3rd July 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Bohemian Tales from Augustin Hadelich, Mahler 7 from Osmo Vänskä, Schubert from Kevin John Edusei, and Debussy from Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - June 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for May, with Alina Ibragimova's Shostakovich concertos with Vladimir Jurowski and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia 'Evgeny Svetlanov' on Hyperion in first place...

 Interview, Opera Rara at 50

by Katherine Cooper

As the label celebrates its half-century, Chief Executive Henry Little talks to Katherine about adventures in 'live operatic archaeology' and upcoming recording projects.

 Obituary, Ida Haendel (1928-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

Ida Haendel, the Polish-born child prodigy who became known as the 'grande dame of the violin', has died aged 91.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - June 2020

by Katherine Cooper

Thomas Adès's treatment of the Creation myth rivals Haydn's for inventiveness, whilst Arabella Steinbacher smoulders in Piazzolla, and Antonio Pappano whips up a storm in a new studio recording of Verdi's Otello.

 Interview, Joseph Fort on Holst's Cloud Messenger

by David Smith

Conductor Joseph Fort talks about his recently-released new recording of Holst's Himalayan-inspired work, in Fort's own arrangement for chamber orchestra.

 New Release Round-up, Digital New Release Round-Up - 29th June 2020

by David Smith

Handel's Semele from Sir John Eliot Gardiner (with Louise Alder in the title-role), Bach from Anna Prohaska and Lautten Compagney, Gershwin from Wayne Marshall, and a Pythagoras-inspired programme from Aurora Orchestra.

 Recording of the Week, Byrd and more from the Magdalena Consort and friends

by David Smith

The Magdalena Consort, Fretwork and His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts join forces for a second volume of English verse-anthems presented in glorious instrumental Technicolor.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 26th June 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony from Pablo Heras-Casado, Zemlinsky from Marc Albrecht, William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony in its 1952 revision, and the world premiere recording of Vinci’s Gismondo Re di Polonia from Parnassus Arts.

 Interview, Roderick Williams on the songs of Arthur Somervell

by David Smith

The English baritone talks to David about his new recording of two song-cycles by this rarely-heard Victorian composer, including a setting of Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad'.

 Coming Soon, Das Lied von der Erde from Iván Fischer and other forthcoming highlights

by Chris O'Reilly

A valedictory coda to the Budapest Festival Orchestra's superb Mahler series, plus Elgar from Daniel Barenboim and Elīna Garanča, Liszt & Thalberg from Marc-André Hamelin, and Barrie Kosky's Salzburg staging of Orphée aux Enfers on DVD and Blu-ray.

 Interview, Kent Nagano on Penderecki's St Luke Passion

by David Smith

The American conductor talks to David about his recent recording of the late Krzysztof Penderecki's searing setting of the St Luke Passion with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

 Recording of the Week, Massenet's Cendrillon from Glyndebourne

by Katherine Cooper

Danielle de Niese and Kate Lindsey bring real psychological depth to Cinderella and Prince Charming's relationship in Fiona Shaw's astute and sparkling production, with John Wilson supplying fairy-dust aplenty from the pit.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 19th June 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Vivaldi and Piazzolla from Arabella Steinbacher, Thomas Adès from Kirill Gerstein (and the composer himself), two concertos from Christopher Gunning, and an early Korngold opera's world premiere video recording from Turin.

 Interview, Sean Shibe on Bach

by Katherine Cooper

The eloquent young Scottish guitarist talks to Katherine about his third solo album on Delphian, Pour La Luth Ò Cembal, which was recently described by The Times as 'masterful, beautiful and convincing in every way'.

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