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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - January 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for January, with Stephen Hough's late Brahms on Hyperion in first place...

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - January 2020

by Katherine Cooper

An eloquent, gently moving debut from the young Swedish violinist Johan Dalene, French connections from John Wilson, and a terrific triptych of Ariannas from American mezzo Kate Lindsey.

 Recording of the Week, Handel's Agrippina starring Joyce DiDonato

by Katherine Cooper

The American mezzo sings the title role of the scheming Roman matriarch in a starrily-cast recording of Handel's early opera with Il Pomo d'Oro, conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 31st January 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Strauss Lieder from Diana Damrau, Helmut Deutsch and the late Mariss Jansons, French orchestral works from John Wilson and Sinfonia of London, Prokofiev from Steven Osborne, and Beethoven from Kristian Bezuidenhout and Pablo Heras-Casado.

 Interview, John Wilson on the Sinfonia of London

by James Longstaffe

The British conductor talks to James about his new ensemble and their first two recording projects of music by Korngold plus a selection of French orchestral works.

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - January 2020

by David Smith

Transatlantic connections from the Cincinnati Symphony and their French musical director, Schtschedrin and Respighi from Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and an impressive debut album of Barber and Tchaikovsky from young Swedish violinist Johan Dalene.

 Interview, Reinoud Van Mechelen on Charpentier

by David Smith

The Belgian tenor talks to David about his recent double-bill of Charpentier's settings of the Orpheus myth, with A Nocte Temporis and Vox Luminis.

 Awards, Grammy Winners 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces the winning classical albums from this year's ceremony, which took place last night in Los Angeles.

 Obituary, Franz Mazura (1924-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The Austrian bass-baritone, who was especially renowned for his Wagner roles and made his final appearance in Die Meistersinger only last April, has died aged 95.

 Recording of the Week, Liszt’s Dante Symphony plus a world-premiere recording from Kirill Karabits

by James Longstaffe

Kirill Karabits conducts the Staatskapelle Weimar in orchestral works by Liszt, including the world-premiere recording of the Künstlerfestzug zur Schillerfeier.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 24th January 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Mary Bevan and Joseph Middleton explore Schubert, Haydn and Wolf’s ‘Divine Muses’, Swedish soprano Malin Byström makes her solo recording debut with Berg, Duparc and Rangström, and Kairos present three large-scale orchestral works by Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - January 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

January collections include Claudio Abbado’s complete recordings with the Wiener Philharmoniker for Deutsche Grammophon, a celebration of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s early years, and the first complete recording of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s monumental Sequentia cyclica for solo piano.

 Awards, Recordings of the Year 2019 - Photo Gallery

by Chris O'Reilly

A selection of our 2019 Recordings of the Year winners with their awards!

 Awards, International Classical Music Awards 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

The ICMA results were revealed this morning, with winners including recordings from Adám Fischer, Ian Bostridge and Thomas Adès, and the young Turkish pianist Can Çakmur.

 Interview, Xavier Sabata on Winterreise

by Katherine Cooper

The Catalan countertenor talks to Katherine about taking 'a trip into the darkness of the mind' on his recording of Schubert's great song-cycle, released before Christmas on Berlin Classics.

 Obituary, Barry Tuckwell (1931-2020)

by David Smith

The Australian horn player and conductor has died at the age of 88.

 Recording of the Week, Charpentier from Vox Luminis, A Nocte Temporis and Reinoud Van Mechelen

by Katherine Cooper

The two Belgian early music ensembles pool their resources for two very different works depicting Orpheus's descent to the underworld, with Van Mechelen on outstanding form as the intrepid hero in each case.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 17th January 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

CPE Bach from oboist Xenia Löffler and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand‘ from Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the complete Beethoven piano sonatas from Fazil Say, and another Liszt rarity from Kirill Karabits and the Staatskapelle Weimar.

 Awards, BBC Music Magazine Awards 2020: Shortlist

by Chris O'Reilly

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

 Coming Soon, Benjamin Grosvenor's Chopin and other forthcoming highlights

by Chris O'Reilly

The young British pianist records the two concertos with Elim Chan and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, plus two Adès world premiere recordings and new releases from Adam Laloum, the Fitzwilliam Quartet, Isabelle Faust, and Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton.

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