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 Recording of the Week, Lise Davidsen in Beethoven, Wagner and Verdi

by Katherine Cooper

The powerhouse Norwegian soprano is in expansive, radiant voice for Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder and arias from Fidelio, Otello, La forza del destino, Medea, and Cavalleria rusticana with Sir Mark Elder and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 2nd April 2021

by Katherine Cooper

Bach transcriptions from Francesco Piemontesi, Hindemith from Les Vents Français, Byrd from Fretwork and Alamire, and an impressive debut disc from Franco-Armenian mezzo Varduhi Abrahamyan.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - March 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for March, with French duets from Steven Osborne and Paul Lewis on Hyperion in first place...

 Interview, Ksenija Sidorova on Piazzólla's legacy

by David Smith

The Latvian accordionist talks about her new album paying tribute to the great Astor Piazzólla, and tracing the modern legacy of his advocacy for the instrument.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - March 2021

by Katherine Cooper

A touching and often witty recital of lockdown commissions from Helen Charlston and Michael Craddock, electrifying Ives from Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and a revelatory recital of Florence Price's piano music from Samantha Ege.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - March 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

A celebration of Claudio Abbado's years with the London Symphony Orchestra, two collections commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Stravinsky's death, and the complete Arthur Grumiaux recordings on Philips.

 New Release Round-up, Music for Holy Week 2021

by David Smith

A brief round-up of recent releases focusing on Passiontide and Easter.

 Recording of the Week, A Mozart postscript from Rachel Podger

by David Smith

Rachel Podger and Christopher Glynn bring to life a selection of musicologist Timothy Jones’s thoughtful completions of fragmentary Mozart works, offering a variety of plausible perspectives on what might have been.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 26th March 2021

by Katherine Cooper

Beethoven, Wagner and Verdi from Lise Davidsen, Bach from Phantasm and Collegium Vocale Gent, and Gounod's Faust from Covent Garden, starring Michael Fabiano and Erwin Schrott.

 Interview, Peter Cigleris on British Clarinet Concertos

by David Smith

Clarinettist Peter Cigleris talks about his new album on Signum, which sees him revive not one but four forgotten clarinet concertos from early twentieth-century Britain.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - April 2021 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, headed by a powerful recital of songs by Black composers from baritone Will Liverman and pianist Paul Sánchez on Cedille.

 Interview, Peter Whelan on The Trials of Tenducci

by Katherine Cooper

The conductor talks to Katherine about his new recording with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, which explores the musical life of mid-eighteenth-century Dublin and the legacy of one of its brightest imported stars - the scandal-hit castrato Giusto Fernando Tenducci.

 Obituary, Yevgeny Nesterenko (1938-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

The Russian bass, who was closely associated with the Bolshoi throughout his long career and was particularly acclaimed in Russian repertoire, has died aged 83.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 14: The Music of Malcolm Arnold with Piers Burton-Page

by Paul Thomas

Author and President of the Malcolm Arnold Society, Piers Burton-Page, gives an overview of the life and work of this important voice in twentieth-century British music.

 Recording of the Week, Strauss Lieder from Sandrine Piau and Daniel Behle

by Katherine Cooper

The French soprano brings an uncommon freshness and flexibility to the Four Last Songs with the Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté, whilst Behle and his regular recital-partner Oliver Schnyder revel in the composer's coruscating attack on publishers in the rarely-recorded Der Krämerspiegel.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 19th March 2021

by Katherine Cooper

Rachmaninov from Rattle and the LSO, English song from alumni of King's College Cambridge, Rameau from György Vashegyi, and a Proustian recital from Théotime Langlois de Swarte and Tanguy de Williencourt.

 Interview, Julian Perkins on John Eccles's Semele

by David Smith

The conductor and keyboardist talks about his recent recording of John Eccles's tragic Semele with the Academy of Ancient Music.

 Coming Soon, Joyce DiDonato's Winterreise and other forthcoming highlights

by Katherine Cooper

A novel take on Schubert's Winter Journey from the American mezzo and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, plus Schoenberg from Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Vaughan Williams from Antonio Pappano, and Péter Eötvös's new violin concerto from its dedicatee Isabelle Faust.

 Obituary, James Levine (1943-2021)

by Chris O'Reilly

The American conductor and pianist, who served as Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera for forty years before his career ended amid allegations of sexual abuse, has died aged 77.

 Interview, Renaud Capuçon on Elgar

by Katherine Cooper

The French violinist talks to Katherine about recording the Violin Concerto and Sonata with Sir Simon Rattle, the London Symphony Orchestra, and Stephen Hough.