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 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 8th April 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Beethoven's Diabelli Variations from Mitsuko Uchida, Haydn and Schubert from Grigory Sokolov at Esterházy Palace, Mahler from Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic, and works by Florence Price, Valerie Coleman and Jessie Montgomery from the New York Youth Symphony.

 Interview, Semyon Bychkov on Mahler

by Katherine Cooper

In advance of the first instalment of his Mahler cycle with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra on Pentatone, the conductor reflects on 'a lifetime of exploring and loving this music' - and why he believes that 'all Czech people are born musicians'...

 Interview, Choral music by Ian King from Gloucester Cathedral

by David Smith

Gloucester Cathedral's Director of Music Adrian Partington discusses his choirs' new album of sacred works by the late Ian King – long a stalwart of the local folk scene, but also steeped in the tradition of church music.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - March 2022

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 most popular titles across all formats for March, with Klaus Mäkelä's Sibelius cycle with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra on Decca in first place - and recordings featured in our Humanitarian Fundraiser for Ukraine accounting for almost a third of the best-sellers.

 Recording of the Week, Johan Dalene performs violin concertos by Nielsen & Sibelius

by James Longstaffe

The Swedish violinist offers a characterful performance of Sibelius's concerto alongside a virtuosic account of the piece that swept him to victory at the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 1st April 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Handel's La Resurrezione from Harry Bicket and The English Concert, Strauss, Korngold and Schreker from John Wilson and Sinfonia of London, operatic rivalry from Véronique Gens and Sandrine Piau, and Schubert from Stephen Hough.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - March 2022

by Katherine Cooper

White-hot Rachmaninov from Asmik Grigorian and Lukas Geniušas, four vivid orchestral works by American composer James Lee III, some riveting new commissions from Manchester Camerata, and a macabre but mesmerising 'Celebration of Life in Death' from Anna Prohaska.

 Interview, The Korros Ensemble: Nostalgica

by David Smith

The ensemble's members talk about their new album of chamber music for flute, clarinet and harp by Howard Blake, Elizabeth Poston and others.

 Coming Soon, John Williams's new violin concerto and other forthcoming highlights

by Katherine Cooper

Other stand-out releases for May and beyond include Brahms from the Pavel Haas Quartet and friends, a recital of Polish songs from Jakub Józef Orlinski and Michał Biel, and male soprano Samuel Mariño's debut album on Decca.

 Interview, Ian Bostridge on Tormento d'amore

by Katherine Cooper

The English tenor discusses his recent album of arias from seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italian operas, featuring music by composers including Cavalli, Vivaldi, Cesti, Stradella and Sartorio.

 Recording of the Week, Beethoven violin sonatas from Rachel Podger and Christopher Glynn

by David Smith

Three snapshots from the beginning, middle and end of Beethoven's career trace his development of the violin sonata form from its Classical roots into new directions.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 25th March 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Fanny Hensel & Felix Mendelssohn from Chen Reiss, Stravinsky from Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, Sibelius from Klaus Mäkelä and the Oslo Philharmonic, and the culmination of Le Compagnia del Madrigale's Gesualdo cycle.

 Interview, Fenella Humphreys on Caprices

by Katherine Cooper

The violinist talks to Katherine about how her new album sprang in part from conquering childhood demons about Paganini, and how commissioning a host of composers to contribute to a new set of micro-variations on his Caprice No. 24 for the project 'brought some absolutely brilliant people into her life'.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - March 2022

by Chris O'Reilly

March heavyweights include two Hans Knappertsbusch anthologies on Decca Eloquence, Hungarian violinist Johanna Martzy's complete recordings for Columbia Graphophone. a celebration of the Ballets Russes, and a collection of solo piano works by female composers from the eighteenth century to the present day.

 Interview, Ophélie Gaillard on A Night in London

by Katherine Cooper

The French cellist talks to Katherine about her new album centring on three composer-cellists who made their mark on the English capital in the mid-eighteenth century: the Italians Nicola Porpora and Giovanni Battista Cirri, and the Scotsman James Oswald.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - April 2022

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, headed by a St. Matthew Passion from Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon which offers 'glowing inner vitality and penetrating observations'.

 Recording of the Week, Ruth Slenczynska and a Life in Music

by David Smith

The pianist's return to the recording studio at the age of 97 offers us a bridge to the bygone era of composers and virtuosos who shaped her career.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 18th March 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Bach's St Matthew Passion from Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon, orchestral works by James Lee III, Jóhann Jóhannsson's Drone Mass, and a film version of Vivaldi's Stabat Mater from Jakub Józef Orliński.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - April 2022 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces next month's selection, headed by Elisabeth Leonskaja's complete Mozart piano sonatas on Warner...

 Interview, Nadine Sierra on Made for Opera

by Katherine Cooper

The American soprano talks about her new album on Deutsche Grammophon (featuring snapshots of Verdi's Violetta, Donizetti's Lucia and Gounod's Juliette), how the #MeToo movement has played out in the opera world, and the women who've empowered her in her career.