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 Coming Soon, An unfinished opera by Liszt and other forthcoming highlights

by Katherine Cooper

The single completed act of Sardanapalo (premiered just last year in Weimar), plus albums from Paul Lewis, Joyce DiDonato, Steven Isserlis, and Martin Helmchen.

 Interview, Ian Bostridge on Requiem: The Pity of War

by Katherine Cooper

The tenor talks to Katherine about his recent recording of songs by Mahler, George Butterworth, Rudi Stephan and Kurt Weill with Antonio Pappano, released at the end of October on Warner Classics.

 Obituary, Theo Adam (1926-2019)

by Katherine Cooper

The great German bass, particularly famed for his Wagner roles, has died aged 92.

 Recording of the Week, Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch from Jonas Kaufmann, Diana Damrau and Helmut Deutsch

by Katherine Cooper

The German tenor, soprano and pianist have a ball with Wolf's 46 miniatures on love, loss and fickleness, recorded live in concert in Essen last year.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 11th January 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

Includes recordings from Boris Giltburg, Stile Antico, Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques, and William Christie and Les Arts Florissants.

 Interview, Jennifer Pike on The Polish Violin

by Katherine Cooper

The violinist talks to Katherine about her new album of music by Wieniawski, Szymanowski, Karłowicz and Moszkowski, released last Friday on Chandos Records.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - January 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

A comprehensive collection of César Franck, anthologies celebrating two great French female pianists, and DVD boxes exploring the careers of Claudio Abbado and Sergiu Celibidache.

 Obituary, John Joubert (1927-2019)

by David Smith

The South African-born British composer, particularly known for his choral works, has died aged 91.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - January 2019 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from Elicia Silverstein, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, the Elias String Quartet, and Ludus Modalis.

 Recording of the Week, Orchestral Works by George Antheil

by James Longstaffe

The BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds present the second volume in Chandos's survey of the orchestral works of American composer, George Antheil.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 4th January 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

Includes recordings from Jordi Savall, Jennifer Pike, Federico Colli, Vladimir Feltsman, and the Wihan Quartet.

 Announcement, Introducing Presto Jazz

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces the latest addition to the Presto website - a new department dedicated to Jazz recordings.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 50 best-selling titles across all formats for the whole of last year, with Rachel Podger's pared-down but vibrant Four Seasons with Brecon Baroque leading the pack...

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - December 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for December, with The Choir of King's College Cambridge's celebration of the centenary of their Nine Lessons and Carols service storming ahead in first place...

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

by Katherine Cooper

Donizetti from Stephen Costello, Mozart from Ensemble Appassionato and Mathieu Herzog, and upscaled Corelli from Gottfried von der Goltz and the Freiburger Barockorchester.

 Obituary, 2018 Goodbyes

by James Longstaffe

A short video tribute remembering some of the musicians who passed away during 2018.

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - December 2018

by David Smith

Includes new releases from Jordi Savall, Xavier Sabata, Gottfried von der Goltz, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

 Recording of the Week, George Benjamin's Lessons in Love and Violence

by Katherine Cooper

The British composer's third opera, based on the downfall of Edward II and starring French baritone Stéphane Degout as the conflicted monarch, has a compact, claustrophobic beauty.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 28th December 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Orphée et Euridice from La Scala with Juan Diego Flórez and Christiane Karg, an eclectic song recital from Anne Sofie von Otter, and late Brahms from Garrick Ohlsson.

 Interview, Carolyn Sampson on Abbandonata

by Katherine Cooper

The soprano talks to Katherine about her recording of four of Handel's Italian cantatas, including Armida abbandonata and Agrippina condotta a morire, released on Vivat in October.