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 Interview, Dame Gillian Weir at 80

by David Smith

The internationally-renowned organist looks back on her career as she reaches her 80th birthday – discussing the organ's place as a solo instrument, her association with the music of Messiaen, Sir Malcolm Sargent and more.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 11: Tinkling the Ivories with Harriet Smith

by Paul Thomas

After a short break, the Presto Music Podcast is back, and for this first episode, Harriet Smith and Paul Thomas talk through some of their favourite pianists.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - January 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

The complete Percy Grainger recordings on Chandos, an anthology of piano lessons from Christoph Eschenbach, and celebrations of Dame Gillian Weir and Hephzibah Menuhin.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - February 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, with the first instalment of Yannick Nézet-Séguin's Rachmaninov series from Philadelphia on Deutsche Grammophon in pride of place.

 Recording of the Week, Behzod Abduraimov plays Debussy, Chopin and Mussorgsky

by Katherine Cooper

The Uzbek pianist is beguiling in Children's Corner and the 24 Preludes Op. 28, and offers the virtual tour of one's dreams in Pictures at an Exhibition.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 22nd January 2021

by Katherine Cooper

Haydn from Il Giardino Armonico, Salieri from Les Talens Lyriques, Prokofiev from Nicholas Angelich, and Romberg from Chouchane Siranossian.

 Interview, François-Xavier Roth on Beethoven & Gossec

by Katherine Cooper

The French conductor talks to Katherine about his Presto Award-winning recording of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Gossec's Symphonie à 17 parties.

 Awards, International Classical Music Awards 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

The ICMA results were revealed this morning, with winners including recordings from Beatrice Rana, Ermonela Jaho, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Chouchane Siranossian.

 Interview, Nicolas Hodges on Birtwistle and Beethoven

by David Smith

Reflecting on his recent release on Wergo, the pianist talks about Bagatelles, improvisation and his own relationship with Harrison Birtwistle.

 Obituary, Osian Ellis (1928-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

The Welsh harpist, whose artistry inspired composers including Benjamin Britten, has died aged 92.

 Recording of the Week, Donizetti's Il Paria from Opera Rara

by Katherine Cooper

Sir Mark Elder conducts a scintillating account of Donizetti's 1829 opera about religious persecution in sixteenth-century India, starring Albina Shagimuratova, René Barbera, and Misha Kiria.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 15th January 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

Plaisirs illuminés from Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Camerata Bern, Behzod Abduraimov's debut recital on Alpha, Telemann from Holland Baroque, and Nathalie Stutzmann in baroque opera arias with Orfeo 55.

 New Release Round-up, Vinyl Round-Up - January 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

Highlights amongst recent and forthcoming vinyl releases include Itzhak Perlman's mid-1980s recordings of solo Bach, Anna Clyne's Mythologies, and Mariss Jansons's final concert from Carnegie Hall.

 Interview, Ivan Ilić on L’art de varier

by Katherine Cooper

The pianist talks to Katherine about the third volume of his acclaimed Antoine Reicha series on Chandos (released last Friday), which features just one work - an extraordinary set of 57 variations composed in 1802–03.

 Interview, Ironwood on Louise Farrenc

by Katherine Cooper

The Australian period-instrument ensemble's cellist Daniel Yeadon and fortepianist Neal Peres Da Costa talk to Katherine about their recording of the French composer-pianist's Piano Quintet No. 1, released on ABC Classics last autumn.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - January 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's Choices, headed by Frank Peter Zimmermann's 'benchmark' recordings of the Martinů violin concertos with the Bamberger Symphoniker and Jakub Hruša on BIS.

 Recording of the Week, Elmas Piano Concertos from Howard Shelley and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

by David Smith

David enjoys the latest instalment in Hyperion's inexhaustible series, featuring the earliest-known piano concertos by an Armenian composer.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 8th January 2021

by Chris O'Reilly

Machaut from the Orlando Consort, Reicha from Ivan Ilić, Weinberg from the Arcadia Quartet, and an engaging debut album from baritone James Newby.

 Interview, Hélène Grimaud on The Messenger

by Katherine Cooper

The French pianist talks to Katherine about her recording of works by Mozart and Valentin Silvestrov with Camerata Salzburg, released at the end of last year on Deutsche Grammophon.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 50 best-selling titles across all formats for the whole of last year, with Víkingur Ólafsson's spellbinding recital of Rameau and Debussy on Deutsche Grammophon leading the pack...