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 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - December 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Our Boxing Day boxes include portraits of Claudio Abbado, Maria Yudina and Willi Boskovsky, plus the complete piano music of Sergei Bortkiewicz.

 Recording of the Week, Presto Personal Favourites from 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Bach, Schubert, Finzi, Liszt and Saint-Saëns feature among the editorial team's individual picks of the year.

 New Release Round-up, Ones that got away - Autumn/Winter 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Ten of our best-selling titles from autumn and winter, from artists including Jean Rondeau, the Chiaroscuro Quartet, and Christian & Tanja Tetzlaff with Lars Vogt.

 Interview, John Andrews on Arthur Sullivan's The Light of the World

by Katherine Cooper

The conductor talks to Katherine about the world premiere recording of Sullivan's 1873 oratorio on the life of Christ, which was released last month on Dutton.

 Coming Soon, Kaufmann and Damrau sing Wolf and other early 2019 highlights

by Katherine Cooper

The German soprano and tenor join forces with Helmut Deutsch for the Italienisches Liederbuch, plus Chopin from Maurizio Pollini, Berlioz from François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles, Liszt from Boris Giltburg, and Schumann from Gautier Capuçon and friends/family…

 Interview, Julian Prégardien on Hans Zender's Winterreise

by Katherine Cooper

The German tenor talks to Katherine about recording Zender's 'composed interpretation' of Schubert's great song-cycle, out now on Alpha.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - December 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, with three of Handel's Italian cantatas from two outstanding young French singers and Emmanuelle Haïm directing Le Concert d'Astrée out in front as Recording of the Month.

 Recording of the Week, Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov from Vasily Petrenko and the Liverpool Philharmonic

by Katherine Cooper

The Russian conductor presides over sparkling, taut accounts of two avian fairy-tales: the complete ballet music for The Firebird and the suite from the posthumously-premiered opera Le Coq d’Or.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 14th December 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Includes recordings from Jordi Savall, Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, and Stephen Costello.

 Interview, Alessandro Marangoni on Rossini

by Katherine Cooper

The Italian pianist talks to Katherine about his long-term mission to record the composer’s complete piano music (much of it written decades after his early retirement from opera), recently accomplished on Naxos.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - Christmas 2018 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from Víkingur Ólafsson, James Ehnes, Elsa Dreisig, and Mahan Esfahani.

 Awards, Grammy Nominations 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

The shortlist for next year's Awards was revealed on Friday - read on for full details of the recordings which will be battling it out in the eight classical categories.

 Recording of the Week, François-Xavier Roth conducts orchestral works by Debussy

by James Longstaffe

James listens to a captivating account of three orchestral works by Debussy from François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles, performed on authentic instruments.

 Awards, Recordings of the Year 2018 - Our Top 10

by Chris O'Reilly

The winners revealed - ten fantastic recordings which really stood out from the crowd for us over the past twelve months, plus the results of our new special category awards...

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 7th December 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Naive’s Vivaldi Edition continues in style with Il Giustino, the Quatuor Ébène’s former viola-player conducts some exhilarating Mozart, and Gottfried von der Goltz supersizes Corelli.

 Interview, William Vann on A Vaughan Williams Christmas

by David Smith

William Vann talks to David about a new album recorded by the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, devoted entirely to Christmas works by Vaughan Williams and featuring a number of world-première recordings.

 Favourites, Christmas Releases 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Festive albums from artists including Masaaki Suzuki, Rolando Villazón, Daniel Behle, The Sixteen, Apollo’s Fire, and the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.

 Presto CD, 50 new titles added on Sony, Columbia and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi

by Chris O'Reilly

An eclectic mix of titles, including Nielsen from Esa-Pekka Salonen, Wagner from Bruno Walter, and Bach from Hille Perl.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - November 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for November, with Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna's Mahler Six in first place...

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

by Katherine Cooper

Schumann from Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber, Beethoven from Maxim Emelyanychev and the Nizhny Novgorod Soloists, and Elgar from Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé.