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 Recording of the Week, Teodor Currentzis conducts Mahler's Sixth Symphony

by James Longstaffe

Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna present an impassioned, highly dramatic account of Mahler's Sixth Symphony.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 2nd November 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

A landmark account of Handel’s Serse starring Franco Fagioli, Elgar from Sir Mark Elder and Sir Andrew Davis, and the latest instalment of Naïve’s Vivaldi Edition from Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante.

 Video Interview, Thibaut Garcia on Bach Inspirations

by Katherine Cooper

The French guitarist talks to Katherine about his new album of Bach-influenced works by Villa-Lobos, Tansman, Barrios Mangoré and Gounod - as well as transcriptions of the composer's own Chaconne and two of his best-known chorales.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - October 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for September, with the outbound leg of Daniil Trifonov's Rachmaninov journey in the lead...

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - October 2018

by Katherine Cooper

An all-Strauss programme from Arabella Steinbacher, world premiere recordings of three Parry orchestral works, and an assured and mesmerising debut on Warner Classics from Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński.

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - October 2018

by David Smith

Includes new releases from Edward Gardner, Ádám Fischer, Christina Pluhar and Daniil Trifonov, plus an iconic 2006 Keith Jarrett concert from Venice and vintage early Beethoven from the Amadeus Quartet.

 Recording of the Week, Requiem: The Pity of War from Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano

by Katherine Cooper

The tenor and pianist join forces for a programme of Butterworth, Rudi Stephan, Kurt Weill and Mahler to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day next month.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 26th October 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Today's new releases include Bach from Giuliano Carmignola, Debussy from Nikolai Lugansky, and the debut solo recording of Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński.

 Video Interview, BACH 333 unboxed

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris and Katherine explore Deutsche Grammophon's mammoth new Bach Edition, produced in collaboration with Decca Classics and the Leipzig Bach Archive and running to over 280 hours of music.

 Coming Soon, Norma from the Metropolitan Opera and other forthcoming highlights

by Katherine Cooper

Sondra Radvanovsky and Joyce DiDonato star as Bellini's 'Druid duo', plus Mozart from Seong Jin-Cho, Debussy from François-Xavier Roth, and a rare outing for the original version of Verdi's Macbeth - directed from the violin by Fabio Biondi.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - October 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, with Steven Isserlis and Dénes Várjon's recital of Chopin and Schubert on Hyperion taking pride of place.

 Announcement, Presto Classical Gift Vouchers now available

by Chris O'Reilly

We are pleased to announce that Presto gift vouchers are now available to buy online.

 Interview, Eric Lu on The Leeds International Piano Competition

by David Smith

The 20-year-old Chinese-American pianist talks to David about his victory last month and his plans for the immediate future.

 Recording of the Week, Jiří Bělohlávek conducts Martinů's What Men Live By

by Katherine Cooper

The world premiere recording of a 1952 'pastoral opera' based on Tolstoy, captured three years before the Czech conductor's death in 2017.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 19th October 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Today's new recordings include Stravinsky from Valery Gergiev, Tchaikovsky from Vladimir Jurowski, and Schubert from René Jacobs.

 Interview, Bryn Terfel on Dreams and Songs

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine speaks to the great Welsh bass-baritone about his new album, which includes duets with Dame Emma Thompson, Joseph Calleja and Rob Brydon as well as the world premiere recording of Karl Jenkins's The Shepherd Poet of Passchendaele.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - October 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

The definitive Bach boxed set, an anniversary anthology from Deutsche Grammophon, and comprehensive collections of works by Hummel and François Couperin.

 Awards, Opus Klassik Awards 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris rounds up this year's 'Deutscher Musikpreis' winners, which were presented on Sunday at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

 Recording of the Week, Daniil Trifonov brings freshness and clarity to Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos

by James Longstaffe

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov brings his customary thoughtfulness and virtuosity to an impressive new account of one of the most familiar of all piano concertos.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 12th October 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Today's new recordings include Bach from Kim Kashkashian, Beethoven from Alexandre Tharaud, and Schubert from Sir John Tomlinson.