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Trailblazing percussionist Colin Currie talks to David about his recent duo recording with trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Books and recordings for lovers of medieval, Renaissance and baroque music.
Chris introduces the winners of this year's Awards, revealed at a ceremony last night in Paris.
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.
A selection of recordings and books to introduce children of all ages to the delights of classical music.
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.
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.
The Marian Consort's conductor talks to David about his new recording exploring a fascinating and unique corner of Iberia's musical history.
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.
Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from Vilde Frang, the Tesla Quartet, Leif Ove Andsnes, and The Tallis Scholars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.