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 Interview, Martin James Bartlett on Rachmaninov and Gershwin

by David Smith

The pianist talks about his new album that draws links between two giants of the early twentieth century, via Earl Wild and the New York jazz scene in the 1920s.

 Recording of the Week, Pélleas et Mélisande from François-Xavier Roth and Les Siėcles

by Katherine Cooper

Period instruments provide revelations aplenty in Debussy's opera - and the central love-triangle is cast in an intriguing new light...

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 11th March 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Rachmaninov from Asmik Grigorian and Lukas Geniušas, Beethoven from Boris Giltburg and Vasily Petrenko, two Knappertsbusch editions on Eloquence, and Jeanine Tesori & Tazewell Thompson's powerful new opera Blue.

 Announcement, Humanitarian Fundraiser for Ukraine

by Chris O'Reilly

We are launching a fundraising campaign to raise money for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Six labels have generously donated stock of fourteen albums featuring a wide range of Ukrainian repertoire, enabling us to donate every penny raised from them to the Appeal.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - March 2022

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, headed by French violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte's 'wild and beautiful' accounts of concertos by Vivaldi, Leclair and Locatelli with Les Ombres.

 Interview, Chen Reiss on Fanny Hensel

by Katherine Cooper

The Israeli soprano talks to Katherine about her new recording on Onyx showcasing Hensel's under-appreciated gifts as an orchestrator, and why she feels 'it’s about time that we give this composer the stage that she deserves'...

 Video Interview, Joyce DiDonato on EDEN

by Katherine Cooper

The American mezzo talks to Katherine about her new album on Warner Classics, and answers some questions submitted by Presto readers along the way...

 Recording of the Week, Dance With Me from LUDWIG Orchestra and Barbara Hannigan

by Katherine Cooper

An ensemble drawn from the Netherlands-based chamber orchestra have a ball with a selection of twentieth-century dances, taking in music by Elgar, Kurt Weill, Glenn Miller and Barry Manilow along the way...

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 4th March 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Bach from Frank Peter Zimmermann and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Brahms from the Belcea Quartet and two special guests, and Donizetti's Tudor Queens from Sondra Radvanovsky.

 Video Interview, Coco Tomita on Origins

by David Smith

The violinist talks about her debut album Origins, released tomorrow on Orchid Classics, and discusses her musical upbringing and influences.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - February 2022

by Katherine Cooper

A kaleidoscope of African piano music from Rebeca Omordia, Italian baroque rarities from Ian Bostridge, and a musical journey from Prague To Budapest from Laura van der Heijden and Jâms Coleman.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - February 2022

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for February, with the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and the Dmitri Ensemble's Ice Land in first place...

 Presto Music Classical Podcast, Episode 28: Karel Ančerl Live with Rob Cowan and Matouš Vlčinský

by Paul Thomas

The live recordings by the great Czech conductor Karel Ančerl, and Bohemian musical culture are explored by Rob Cowan and Matouš Vlčinský from Supraphon records.

 Recording of the Week, Joyce DiDonato's EDEN

by Katherine Cooper

Featuring music by composers including Ives, Cavalli, Handel, Gluck and Wagner (plus a ravishing new commission by Rachel Portman), the American mezzo's eclectic new concept-album with Il Pomo d'Oro explores our relationship with 'the grammar of the earth'.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 25th February 2022

by Katherine Cooper

Haydn from Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Mozart violin sonatas from Francesca Dego and Francesca Leonardi, Salonen and Ravel from Nicolas Altstaedt, and Sebastián Durón's zarzuela Coronis from Le Poème Harmonique.

 Obituary, Jaakko Kuusisto (1974-2022)

by David Smith

The Finnish violinist, conductor, composer and politician has died at the age of 48.

 Obituary, Josephine Veasey (1930-2022)

by Katherine Cooper

The British dramatic mezzo, who excelled in Wagner and Berlioz, has died aged 91.

 Interview, Laurence Dreyfus on the consort music of John Jenkins

by David Smith

The director of acclaimed consort Phantasm talks about their new album of intricate, yet intimate, Renaissance works for viols.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - February 2022

by Chris O'Reilly

February heavyweights include French organist Olivier Latry's complete recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, The Choir of King’s College Cambridge & Stephen Cleobury's complete Argo recordings, and anthologies celebrating the legacies of Zoltán Kocsis and Blandine Verlet.

 Interview, Carmen Giannattasio on Opera Rara

by Katherine Cooper

The Italian soprano reminisces about recording the title-roles in Ermione and La donna del lago (both recently reissued on the label's Rossini 1819 box-set) and discusses 'stepping into the second phase of my life as a singer' as she moves away from bel canto and towards verismo repertoire...