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Latest News: Classical

 Interview, Damien Guillon on Stradella

by Katherine Cooper

The French conductor and countertenor talks to Katherine about recording the Italian composer's dramatic 1675 oratorio San Giovanni Battista with Le Banquet Céleste.

 Interview, Richard Egarr on Handel's Brockes-Passion

by David Smith

The conductor talks to David about his recording of Handel's visceral Passion setting, which was taken from a live performance at the Barbican on Good Friday 2019 and released on the Academy of Ancient Music's own label last autumn.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - April 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month’s Choices, headed by Masaaki Suzuki's second account of Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Bach Collegium Japan as Recording of the Month.

 Recording of the Week, Korngold's Violin Concerto from John Wilson, Andrew Haveron and the RTE Concert Orchestra

by Katherine Cooper

A bracing, unsentimentalised take on the composer's most popular work, plus an exuberant account of the youthful String Sextet from the Sinfonia of London Chamber Ensemble.

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

by Chris O'Reilly

Brahms from Lars Vogt and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Shostakovich from Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra, and world premiere recordings of two new works by Sir James MacMillan

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - March 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for March, with Víkingur Ólafsson's hypnotic new album of Rameau and Debussy on Deutsche Grammophon out in front by a country mile...

 Interview, Peter Jablonski on Scriabin

by David Smith

The pianist talks to David about his recently-released album of Scriabin mazurkas on Ondine.

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

by Katherine Cooper

Ripping yarns from Stéphane Degout and Simon Lepper, an exuberant Diabelli Variations with a twist from Rudolf Buchbinder, and an affectionate tribute to Leopold Godowsky from the brilliant young Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin.

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - March 2020

by David Smith

Beethoven from Andreas Staier, Dvořák from Jakub Hrůša and the late Jiří Bělohlávek, and reconditioned archive recordings from Yehudi Menuhin and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

 Presto Playlist, The Presto Playlist - Week One

by Katherine Cooper

With our main office and Leamington shop currently closed, our staff share their personal soundtracks for working from home.

 Obituary, Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020)

by Chris O'Reilly

The Polish composer, whose talent for creating uncanny sonorities inspired film-directors including Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese, has died aged 86.

 Recording of the Week, Víkingur Ólafsson performs piano music by Debussy and Rameau

by James Longstaffe

The Icelandic pianist releases his third album on Deutsche Grammophon: an exquisitely-performed programme of music by Debussy and Rameau.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 27th March 2020

by Katherine Cooper

Korngold from John Wilson, Fauré from Louis Lortie, Mozart from Peter Donohoe, and an intriguing programme of Haydn, Grisey and Nono from soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan with Ludwig Orchestra.

 Interview, Alain Lanceron

by Katherine Cooper

The President of Warner Classics and Erato talks to Katherine about his fifty-year career.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - March 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Anniversary celebrations of Guido Cantelli and Collegium Vocale Gent, plus Beethoven from Jonathan Biss, Rudolf Buchbinder and the Kuss Quartet, and an anthology of film scores from Charles Gerhardt.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - April 2020 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, headed by Volume Two of Italian pianist Federico Colli's exuberant Scarlatti series on Chandos, described by Michael Church as 'a riveting hour' of 'wonderful pianism'.

 Interview, Víkingur Ólafsson on Debussy and Rameau

by James Longstaffe

James talks to Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson about his latest album on Deutsche Grammophon: a fascinating pairing of music by Debussy and Jean Philippe Rameau.

 Recording of the Week, Beethoven from Chen Reiss and Matthias Goerne

by Katherine Cooper

The Israeli soprano is sparkling and technically fearless in a programme of arias with the Academy of Ancient Music, whilst Goerne's song-recital with Jan Lisiecki is an altogether darker affair.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 20th March 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Rachmaninov from Lucerne, Dvořák from the late Jiří Bělohlávek, an eclectic song-recital from Patricia Petibon, and Die Walküre from the Royal Opera House.

 Interview, Eric Lu on Chopin, Brahms and Schumann

by Katherine Cooper

The Leeds International Piano Competition winner talks to Katherine about his first studio recording, released on Warner Classics last month.

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