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 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 19th February 2021

by Katherine Cooper

Liszt from Benjamin Grosvenor, Beethoven from Freiburg, Bach from Francesco Corti and Il Pomo d’Oro, and an homage to Piazzolla from Ksenija Sidorova.

 Interview, Jake Heggie and friends on Intonations

by Katherine Cooper

Along with violinist Daniel Hope and mezzo Sasha Cooke, the American composer talks to Katherine about his song-cycle, inspired by and written for a group of instruments which survived the Holocaust.

 Awards, BBC Music Magazine Awards 2021: Shortlist

by Chris O'Reilly

The nominations are just in and voting is open...

 Announcement, Introducing My Library

by Chris O'Reilly

Here's an update on the latest feature we added to the site: a new web player to explore and listen to your CDs and download collections online.

 Obituary, Steuart Bedford (1939-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

The British conductor and pianist, who worked closely with Benjamin Britten and premiered two of his late major works, has died aged 81.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - February 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

A celebration of Natalie Dessay on stage and in the studio, a multi-conductor Mahler cycle from the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Strauss's complete tone-poems from François-Xavier Roth and the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg.

 Recording of the Week, Violins of Hope

by Katherine Cooper

Instruments previously owned by Holocaust survivors and restored by the Weinstein family sing with a special power in Schubert, Mendelssohn, and a new work by Jake Heggie which tells their stories.

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

by Katherine Cooper

Italian baroque music from La Serenissima, new works by Raymond Yiu, Bright Sheng and Martin Suckling, and a rare outing for Luigi Rossi's extravagant 1647 opera L'Orfeo.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 12: A Song in Our Hearts with Natasha Loges

by Paul Thomas

In this Valentine's Day Special, Paul talks with author Natasha Loges about the art of Romantic song, as it moved from Vienna to Leipzig in the nineteenth Century.

 Interview, Christian Immler on Hans Gál

by Katherine Cooper

The German bass-baritone talks to Katherine about Hidden Treasures (out now on BIS), featuring world premiere recordings of twenty-six songs which the Austrian-born composer 'laid aside'.

 Coming Soon, Lise Davidsen's second album and other forthcoming highlights

by Chris O'Reilly

Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner and more from the Norwegian lyric-dramatic soprano, plus Elgar from Renaud Capuçon, Bach from Rinaldo Alessandrini, and the DVD premiere of Jake Heggie's Great Scott with Joyce DiDonato.

 Interview, Simone Menezes on Ensemble K

by Katherine Cooper

The Brazilian conductor talks to Katherine about Accents, her debut recording with her hand-picked ensemble, which features music by Copland, Borodin, Villa-Lobos, Debussy and Lacaze.

 Recording of the Week, Andris Nelsons conducts Bruckner's Second and Eighth Symphonies

by James Longstaffe

The Gewandhausorchester and Andris Nelsons continue their Bruckner cycle with sublime, lyrical performances of the Second and Eighth Symphonies.

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

by Katherine Cooper

Weinberg from Gidon Kremer, Schnittke from Daniel Hope, Janáček from Lars Vogt, and Gesualdo from Les Arts Florissants.

 Favourites, Shelf Discovery: Yehudi Menuhin

by Paul Thomas

Taking in his shifting perspectives on works by Bach, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, Paul considers the great violinist's remarkable triple legacy as performer, educator and peacemaker.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - January 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for January, with John Wilson and Sinfonia of London's superb new recording of English music for string orchestra on Chandos in first place...

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

by Katherine Cooper

Spellbinding story-telling from Georgian pianist Nicolas Namoradze, an exciting Eccles world premiere from the Academy of Ancient Music, and hugely appealing chamber music by Swedish Romantic composer Helena Munktell.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - February 2021 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, headed by a 'beautifully conceived' programme of medieval and contemporary choral music from Ars Nova Copenhagen and Paul Hillier on Naxos.

 Recording of the Week, John Wilson conducts English music for strings

by James Longstaffe

Sinfonia of London and conductor John Wilson present their latest stunning album of music for string orchestra by Britten, Bridge, Berkeley, and Bliss.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 29th January 2020

by Katherine Cooper

Rachmaninov from Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Winterreise from Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside, Bach from Piotr Anderszewski, and reflections on mortality from Stephen Hough.