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 Coming Soon, Purcell from Paul McCreesh and other forthcoming highlights

by Katherine Cooper

The Gabrielis record a new edition of The Fairy Queen, plus Shostakovich from Alina Ibragimova, Beethoven concertos from Stephen Hough, and Tannhäuser from last year’s Bayreuth Festival, with Lise Davidsen making her debut on the ‘green hill’ as Elisabeth.

 Interview, Chen Reiss on Beethoven's Women

by Katherine Cooper

The Israeli soprano talks to Katherine about her new album on Onyx Classics, Immortal Beloved, which includes music from Fidelio and Egmont as well as some of the composer's earliest vocal works.

 Presto CD, New titles added to Presto CD - March 2020

by Flora Lucas

New Presto CDs include Beethoven piano concertos from Maurizio Pollini, Berg and Stravinsky from Itzhak Perlman, and Brahms from Carlos Kleiber.

 Recording of the Week, Three world premiere recordings of works by Erkki-Sven Tüür

by David Smith

Paavo Järvi conducts the Estonian Festival Orchestra in three works by his long-time friend and musical collaborator Erkki-Sven Tüür - the 'Mythos' symphony, 'Incantation of Tempest' and 'Sow the Wind...'

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 13th March 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Beethoven from Rudolf Buchbinder and Andreas Staier, Tartini from Chouchane Siranossian, Handel from Christophe Dumaux, and the inaugural concert from Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal on DVD and Blu-ray.

 Interview, Simon Callaghan on Roger Sacheverell Coke

by Katherine Cooper

The pianist discusses his research on the life and work of the British composer, whose Cello Sonatas he has recently recorded with Raphael Wallfisch on Lyrita.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - March 2020 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, including Shostakovich from the late Mariss Jansons, Prokofiev from Steven Osborne, and Tchaikovsky from the Rolston String Quartet.

 Interview, Odaline de la Martinez on Ethel Smyth

by David Smith

The Cuban-American conductor talks to David about the music of Ethel Smyth, four of whose songs she conducts on a new album from Somm.

 Recording of the Week, Two world premiere recordings of music by Thomas Adès

by James Longstaffe

Thomas Adès conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in performances of two of his own works: the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, and Totentanz.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 6th March 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Franck from Nikolai Lugansky, Bach Toccatas from Masaaki Suzuki, a Roman pilgrimage with The Sixteen, and a dramatic Lieder recital from Stéphane Degout and Simon Lepper.

 Interview, Stanford String Quartets from the Dante Quartet

by David Smith

David talks to violinist Krysia Osostowicz and musicologist Jeremy Dibble about the final volume in the Dante Quartet's Stanford cycle.

 Interview, Ruby Hughes on Clytemnestra

by Katherine Cooper

The British soprano talks to Katherine about her new album featuring Rhian Samuel's Aeschylus-inspired monodrama and song-cycles by Mahler and Berg, out now on BIS.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - February 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for February, with John Wilson and Sinfonia of London's collection of French orchestral works on Chandos in first place...

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

by Katherine Cooper

A captivating collection of English song from Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton, a Spanish postcard from Offenbach, and a weird and wonderful Skalkottas anthology from Athens.

 Recording of the Week, John Eliot Gardiner concludes his cycle of Schumann symphonies with the LSO

by James Longstaffe

With sparkling, joyous performances of the Spring and Rhenish symphonies, John Eliot Gardiner and the LSO bring their Schumann cycle to an exuberant conclusion.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 28th February 2020

by Katherine Cooper

Schoenberg from Isabelle Faust and friends, Beethoven from the Capuçon Brothers and Frank Braley, Offenbach’s Spanish operetta Maître Péronilla, and an all-star Porgy & Bess from the Metropolitan Opera.

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - February 2020

by David Smith

This month’s highlights include new remasterings of the Juilliard Quartet’s Beethoven cycle from the late 1960s, Schubert from both Adam Laloum and Edward Gardner, and revisitations of Bach Passions from two veteran conductors and their ensembles.

 Coming Soon, Debussy & Rameau from Víkingur Ólafsson and other forthcoming highlights

by Chris O'Reilly

An all-French programme from the award-winning Icelandic pianist, plus Vinci from Franco Fagioli, more Korngold from John Wilson, and Verdi’s Otello from Jonas Kaufmann, Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell'Academia Nationale di Santa Cecilia.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - March 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month’s Choices, with Benjamin Grosvenor's accounts of the Chopin piano concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Elim Chan leading the way as Recording of the Month.

 Recording of the Week, Charles Hubert Parry's Judith from William Vann and the London Mozart Players

by Katherine Cooper

Parry’s 1888 oratorio on the Apocryphal tale of an avenging Jewish widow emerges as a worthy successor to Mendelssohn’s Elijah in this gripping world premiere recording with Sarah Fox, Kathryn Rudge and Toby Spence.

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