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 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 7th May 2021

by Katherine Cooper

An 'anatomy of melancholy' from Jean Rondeau, Beethoven from Chinese pianist Niu Niu, Mozart wind serenades from the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and Brahms from Julian Bliss and James Baillieu.

 Interview, Ana de la Vega on Bach Unbuttoned

by David Smith

The Australian flautist talks about her new album of new perspectives on Bach, inspired by an intriguing detail on one of the most famous statues erected to him.

 Interview, Miloš Karadaglić on The Moon and the Forest

by Katherine Cooper

The Montenegrin guitarist talks to Katherine about recording two new concertos written especially for him: Joby Talbot's Ink Dark Moon and Howard Shore's The Forest.

 Announcement, Presto Music Mobile App available now

by Chris O'Reilly

We’re so excited to announce that the Presto Music app is live for both iPhone and Android!

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - April 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for April, with young British guitarist Alexandra Whittingham's debut recording on Delphian in first place (despite not being released until 28th May!)...

 Obituary, Anthony Payne (1936-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

The British composer, whose works included an 'elaboration' of Elgar's unfinished Third Symphony and numerous compositions for his late wife Jane Manning, has died aged 84.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 17 Bonus: Pierrot Lunaire with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

by Paul Thomas

For this special bonus episode of the podcast, Patricia Kopatchinskaja tells us about her longstanding relationship with Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - April 2021

by Katherine Cooper

A beguiling recital of lieder by female composers from soprano Olena Tokar and Igor Gryshyn, a revelatory Wesendonk-Lieder from Matthias Goerne and Seong-Jin Cho, and a glittering Nutcracker from the brilliant young pianist Ivan Bessonov.

 Recording of the Week, Alina Ibragimova performs Paganini's Caprices

by David Smith

The violinist releases the results of a uniquely ambitious "lockdown project" – a barnstorming new account of Paganini's fiendish Caprices, recorded in the late spring of 2020.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 30th April 2021

by Katherine Cooper

Zemlinsky and Schreker from Vasily Petrenko in Liverpool, Festmusik from Onyx Brass and John Wilson, Ysaÿe from James Ehnes, and Miloš Karadaglić in new guitar concertos by Joby Talbot and Howard Shore.

 Interview, Sabine Weyer on Miaskovsky and Bacri

by David Smith

The Luxembourger pianist talks about her recent album Mysteries, in which she juxtaposes two very different composers' approaches to pushing the limits of Romanticism.

 Presto CD, 25 New Decca and Deutsche Grammophon titles now on Presto CD

by Paul Thomas

Riccardo Chailly, the Takács Quartet and András Schiff are amongst the artists featured on the latest batch of Presto CDs.

 Interview, Joyce DiDonato on Winterreise

by Katherine Cooper

The American mezzo talks to Katherine about her new recording with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, which approaches Schubert's great song-cycle from the perspective of the woman whom the narrator leaves behind...

 Obituary, Christa Ludwig (1928-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

One of the most moving and versatile singers of the twentieth century, the great German mezzo-soprano has died aged 93.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 16: Britain, by George! - Handel with Suzanne Aspden

by Paul Thomas

Professor Suzanne Aspden joins Paul to trace Handel's journey from the youthful Italian cantatas & operas to his later English oratorios.

 Recording of the Week, François-Xavier Roth conducts Beethoven's Eroica Symphony

by James Longstaffe

Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth return to the music of Beethoven with a dramatic, illuminating account of the Third Symphony, coupled with an energetic performance of an overture by Méhul.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 23rd April 2021

by Katherine Cooper

Winterreise from Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, an homage to Humperdinck on Deutsche Grammophon, Mahler's Resurrection Symphony from Ádám Fischer, and Charles Avison's Scarlatti-inspired concerti grossi on Glossa.

 Interview, Colin Currie on HK Gruber

by Katherine Cooper

The Scottish percussionist talks to Katherine about recording two concertos by his friend 'Nali' - Rough Music from 1983, and into the open… (written for and premiered by Currie in 2015).

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - April 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

April heavyweights include French organist Jeanne Demessieux's complete recordings on Decca, plus anthologies celebrating André Previn, Eugene Ormandy and Peter Maag.

 Interview, Justin Taylor on the 'famille Rameau'

by David Smith

The harpsichordist discusses his new album on Alpha, which sees him explore the music of the Rameau clan – not just the famous Jean-Philippe but also his equally distinguished descendants.