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 Awards, Grammy Winners 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces the winning classical albums from this year's ceremony, which took place last night in Los Angeles.

 Recording of the Week, French Piano Duets from Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne

by Katherine Cooper

In a true meeting of musical minds, the two superb pianists team up once again for a delectable programme of miniatures by Fauré, Poulenc, Stravinsky, Debussy and Ravel.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 12th March 2021

by David Smith

Ives symphonies from Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the world premiere recording of Ludomir Różycki's 1944 Violin Concerto, and Strauss, Berg and Zemlinsky from Sandrine Piau.

 Interview, Julian Perkins on Stephen Dodgson

by Katherine Cooper

The conductor talks to Katherine about the world première recording of the 1979 chamber-opera Margaret Catchpole, which tells the story of a Suffolk servant-girl who was deported to Australia for stealing a horse in the late eighteenth century.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - March 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's Choices, headed by Hilary Hahn's 'Paris' album (featuring music by Chausson, Prokofiev and Rautavaara) on Deutsche Grammophon.

 Interview, James Newby on I Wonder as I Wander

by Katherine Cooper

The young British baritone talks to Katherine about his career to date, and his debut recording of songs by Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler and Britten on BIS.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 13: Symphonic Titans - Bruckner & Mahler with Peter Quantrill

by Paul Thomas

Bruckner and Mahler are the focus of this week's show, as Paul Thomas is joined by Gramophone writer Peter Quantrill to assess a couple of recent box-sets devoted to each composer.

 Recording of the Week, Osmo Vänskä conducts Mahler's Tenth Symphony

by James Longstaffe

The Minnesota Orchestra and their Music Director give a tumultuous, emotional account of Mahler's final, unfinished symphony, in the performing version by Deryck Cooke.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 5th March 2021

by Katherine Cooper

Elgar from Renaud Capuçon, French piano duets from Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne, a Parisian album from Hilary Hahn, and the world premiere recording of Chaya Czernowin’s opera Heart Chamber.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - February 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for February, with the fifth instalment of Andris Nelsons's Bruckner cycle from Leipzig on Deutsche Grammophon in first place...

 Interview, Clare Hammond on Variations

by David Smith

The pianist talks about her new album, that sees her draw together numerous different sets of variations from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

 Interview, Johan Dalene on Nordic Rhapsody

by David Smith

The Swedish violinist talks about his new album of music from Northern Europe, with pianist Christian Ihle Hadland.

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

by Katherine Cooper

A breathtaking Liszt recital from Benjamin Grosvenor, three electrifying orchestral works by Raymond Yiu, and a highly enjoyable trip to the zoo with Ashley Riches and Joseph Middleton.

 Recording of the Week, Biber's Requiem from Vox Luminis

by David Smith

Lionel Meunier's ensemble explore a time of religious and musical flux in Europe, with an album centred around Heinrich Biber's Requiem and less-heard works by his contemporaries.

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

by Katherine Cooper

Piazzolla from Lucienne Renaudin Vary, Bartók from Thomas Dausgaard, Brahms from Antoine Tamestit and Cédric Tiberghien, and French theatre music from Neeme Järvi.

 Interview, Emmanuel Despax on Spira, Spera

by David Smith

The pianist talks about his new album of Bach transcriptions, inspired in part by his personal reaction to the Notre-Dame de Paris fire of 2019.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - March 2021 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, with a 'sexy, sparkling' account of John Eccles's Semele from the Academy of Ancient Music and Julian Perkins in pride of place.

 Presto CD, New Decca and Deutsche Grammophon titles added to Presto CD

by Paul Thomas

Featured artists on our latest batch include Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jorge Bolet, Martha Argerich, and Erich Kleiber.

 Interview, Francesca Dego on Paganini's Violin

by David Smith

The violinist talks about her new recording on Paganini's own violin, featuring works by, dedicated to and responding to the great composer.

 Recording of the Week, Ludovic Tézier sings Verdi

by Katherine Cooper

The French baritone is on spine-tingling form in a high-octane programme of arias from operas including La forza del destino, Otello, Don Carlos, and Falstaff.