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 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.

 Interview, Choral Works by Owain Park

by David Smith

The young singer, conductor and composer talks to David about his choral works as recently recorded on Hyperion by Stephen Layton and The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Children (and grandchildren)

by Chris O'Reilly

A selection of recordings and books to introduce children of all ages to the delights of classical music.

 Recording of the Week, Late Debussy sonatas from Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov and friends

by Katherine Cooper

Harmonia Mundi's ten-album series commemorating the centenary of Debussy's death continues with the Violin Sonata, Cello Sonata, and Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 16th November 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Schumann from Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber, Mahler from Daniel Harding, and Sir David McVicar's staging of Bellini's Norma from the Metropolitan Opera, starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato and Joseph Calleja.

 Interview, Rory McCleery on Pater Peccavi

by David Smith

The Marian Consort's conductor talks to David about his new recording exploring a fascinating and unique corner of Iberia's musical history.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Pianists and piano fans

by Chris O'Reilly

From 2018's best new recordings and box sets, to informative books, insightful interviews and beautiful sheet music, we select our top gifts for piano players and piano lovers alike.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - December 2018 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from Vilde Frang, the Tesla Quartet, Leif Ove Andsnes, and The Tallis Scholars.

 Interview, Jaap van Zweden on the Hong Kong Philharmonic's Ring Cycle

by Katherine Cooper

As the final instalment of the cycle on Naxos is released, the conductor talks to Katherine about the project's origins, and the challenges and rewards of tackling Wagner's epic with an orchestra whose primary home is the concert-hall rather than the opera-house.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Exploring classical music's great composers

by Chris O'Reilly

In our next gift guide we recommend new box sets, books and sheet music exploring popular composers as well as those further off the beaten track.

 Recording of the Week, John Wilson conducts Copland's Third Symphony and Connotations

by Katherine Cooper

Chandos's superb survey of the American composer's orchestral music with the BBC Philharmonic continues to raise the roof as the Fanfare for the Common Man returns transformed.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 9th November 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

The final instalment of Jaap van Zweden’s excellent Ring Cycle with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, thrillingly raw Beethoven from Maxim Emelyanychev, Mozart from Faust and Melnikov, and Christopher Maltman’s role-debut as Berg's Wozzeck.

 Interview, Dame Sarah Connolly on A Walk with Ivor Gurney

by David Smith

The great English mezzo talks to David about her new album exploring the music and poetry of the wartime composer Ivor Gurney, with Tenebrae and the Aurora Orchestra.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Opera Lovers

by Chris O'Reilly

In the first of our festive gift guides, we've selected some perfect presents for the opera-lover in your life: from the latest recordings to the best books about opera.