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 Interview, The Calidore Quartet on 'Resilience'

by David Smith

The members of the young American string quartet talk to David about their début recording, which features four quartets from composers experiencing a variety of personal and political traumas.

 Presto CD, New RCA titles added to our Presto CD catalogue

by Chris O'Reilly

Highlights from the latest additions include recordings by Toscanini, Leontyne Price, Günter Wand and Leonard Slatkin.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - November 2018 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from Sean Shibe, Dénes Várjon, and Daniel Barenboim plus friends and family.

 Awards, Schallplattenkritik Awards 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Details of the German Record Critics’ Annual Awards were announced last week - read on for the jury's observations on the classical winners.

 Obituary, Montserrat Caballé (1933-2018)

by Chris O'Reilly

The great Spanish soprano, renowned for her legendary pianissimi and superb command of bel canto, has died at the age of 85.

 Recording of the Week, A moving recital from Igor Levit with music by Bach, Liszt and Wagner

by Katherine Cooper

Igor Levit explores music of transfiguration and transcendence in his Life Album, an eclectic recital of Bach-via-Busoni and Wagner-via-Liszt.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 5th October 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Today's new releases include solo Bach from Hilary Hahn, Shostakovich from Gianandrea Noseda and the LSO, Mahler from Adam Fischer and Chopin from Ingrid Fliter.

 Interview, Stuart Skelton on Wagner

by Katherine Cooper

The Australian tenor (currently singing Siegmund in the Royal Opera House's Ring Cycle) talks to Katherine about his career as a Wagnerian and his debut solo recording Shining Knight, recently released on ABC Classics.

 Interview, Sean Shibe on softLOUD

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine talks to the award-winning young guitarist about his confrontational new album, which mixes seventeenth-century Scottish lute music with works by Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe and David Lang.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - September 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for September, with boisterous Bernstein from Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra at the top of the tree.

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

by Katherine Cooper

A Winterreise with a twist, a voluptuous tour of fin de siècle Vienna with Barbara Hannigan, and a fascinating collection of orchestral music by the British twentieth-century composer Ruth Gipps.

 Recording of the Week, Masaaki Suzuki completes his Bach cantata cycle

by David Smith

Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium bring their mighty Bach cycle to a close with a pairing of two 'Cantatas of Contentment'.

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

by Chris O'Reilly

Mahler from Mariss Jansons, Pärt from Viktoria Mullova and Paavo Järvi, Chopin and Schubert from Steven isserlis, and Klemperer from the Richard Itter archives.

 Announcement, Introducing Presto Books

by James Longstaffe

We are very pleased to be able to announce the latest development on the Presto website: a new department dedicated to books about music.

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - September 2018

by David Smith

Includes new releases from Daniel Barenboim, Víkingur Ólafsson and Sean Shibe, plus reissues of great performances from Birgit Nilsson and Sergiu Celibidache.

 Coming Soon, Currentzis's Mahler 6 and other forthcoming highlights

by Chris O'Reilly

The Greek-Russian conductor's first recording of Mahler, plus Mozart from Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov, and Massenet and Puccini from Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna.

 Interview, Albina Shagimuratova and Daniela Barcellona on Semiramide

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine talks to the Russian soprano and Italian mezzo who star as mother and estranged son on Sir Mark Elder's new, uncut recording of Rossini's great opera seria.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - September 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

A collection of complete live performances from the great Swedish dramatic soprano Birgit Nilsson, plus anthologies from Gramophone Award-winners Neeme Järvi and Blue Heron, and a sumptuous set of Cecilia Bartoli's Rossini recordings.

 Interview, Sir Thomas Allen on September Songs

by Katherine Cooper

The veteran baritone talks to Katherine about his autumnal album of classics from The Great American Songbook, out now on Champs Hill Records and featuring soprano Lucy Crowe.

 Recording of the Week, Scriabin's First and Fifth Symphonies from Vasily Petrenko

by Katherine Cooper

The Russian conductor and the Oslo Philharmonic are joined by pianist Kirill Gerstein for the final instalment of Scriabin's complete symphonies on LAWO.