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  • Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - November 2023

    by Chris O'Reilly

    Chris introduces this month's selection, headed by a 'polished and beautifully-presented' recording of Offenbach's La princesse de Trébizonde on Opera Rara, conducted by Paul Daniel and starring Anne-Catherine Gillet, Virginie Verrez and Josh Lovell.

  • Recording of the Week, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mutter's Virtuosi

    by James Longstaffe

    The violinist and her ensemble of virtuoso string players present a dazzingly eclectic programme of works by Vivaldi, Bach, Bologne, and André Previn.

  • New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 10th November 2023

    by Katherine Cooper

    Brahms concertos from Simon Trpčeski, a Norwegian Christmas album from Lise Davidsen, Arvo Pärt's Littlemore Tractus and more from Tõnu Kaljuste in Tallinn, and the beginning of a Beethoven cycle from the Doric Quartet.

  • Interview, Maxim Emelyanychev on Mozart

    by Katherine Cooper

    In the wake of the second instalment of his Mozart symphonies series with Il Pomo d'Oro, the Russian conductor and harpsichordist recounts how he fell under the composer's spell aged four - and was thrown in at the deep end to conduct the Overture to Le nozze di Figaro just eight years later...

  • Obituary, Ryland Davies (1943-2023)

    by Katherine Cooper

    The Welsh light lyric tenor, a superb Mozart singer who later enjoyed a rich and varied career in character-roles, has died aged 80.

  • Interview, Robert Hollingworth on Benevoli's multi-choir magnificence

    by David Smith

    The director of I Fagiolini talks about his new album, featuring a four-choir work of unparalleled Baroque splendour by the seventeenth-century Italian composer Orazio Benevoli.

  • Early Music Round-up, Early Music Round-Up - Autumn 2023

    by David Smith

    Magnificent French Baroque funerary works from Le Concert d'Astrée and Emmanuelle Haïm, a cornucopia of culinary song from The Playfords, a fond look back at the final decades of the viola da gamba's heyday from André Lislevand, dark penitential Venetian choral music from Odhecaton and Paolo da Col, and more.

  • Recording of the Week, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé from Sinfonia of London and John Wilson

    by Katherine Cooper

    The conductor's new edition of the score incorporates hundreds of tiny amendments which Ravel made to the orchestral parts in rehearsal - and the resulting recording reveals a wealth of fine detail as well as a keen sense of the bigger picture.

  • Obituary, Yuri Temirkanov (1938-2023)

    by David Smith

    The Russian conductor, known for his interpretations of orchestral repertoire by his compatriots as well as for his flair for Verdi's music, has died aged 84.

  • New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 3rd November 2023

    by Katherine Cooper

    Debussy from Steven Osborne, Bach from Frank Peter Zimmermann, Mozart from Maxim Emelyanychev & Il Pomo d'Oro, and the world premiere recording of Bob Chilcott's Christmas Oratorio.

  • Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - October 2023

    by Chris O'Reilly

    Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for September, with Víkingur Ólafsson's 'serious, sincere and authentic' account of Bach's Goldberg Variations leading by a country mile (and racing to the top of the overall 2023 chart to date...).

  • Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - October 2023

    by Katherine Cooper

    A terrific debut recital centring on female experiences from British-Australian soprano Samantha Crawford with pianist Lana Bode, forgotten Baroque gems from Philippe Jaroussky at the very top of his game, and a rich and strange new chamber-work from Thomas Adès.

  • Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - October 2023

    by Chris O'Reilly

    This month's heavyweights include Jessye Norman's complete studio recitals on Philips, Deutsche Grammophon & Decca, Victoria de los Ángeles's collected Warner recordings, and Bruckner cycles from Christian Thielemann in Vienna & Andris Nelsons in Leipzig.

  • Coming Soon, Delius's A Mass of Life from Sir Mark Elder and other forthcoming highlights

    by Katherine Cooper

    Delius's Nietzsche-inspired Mass gets luxury treatment from Bergen, with other stand-outs for late 2023 and early 2024 including Carolyn Sampson's 100th recording, Bach's The Art of Fugue from Christophe Rousset, and a tribute to Lionel Tertis from Timothy Ridout.

  • Presto Music Classical Podcast, Episode 43: Sound the trombone! Onyx Brass at 30 with Amos Miller

    by David Smith

    As "the classiest brass ensemble in Britain" turns 30, Onyx Brass's trombonist Amos Miller looks back over three decades of brass quintet music-making, with an eye on exploring contemporary repertoire. We discuss the group's latest album, 'The sun is free to flow with the sea', and some of the works featured on it, as well as touching on questions of diversity in classical music.

  • Recording of the Week, Verismo from Domingo Hindoyan and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    by James Longstaffe

    The orchestra and their Chief Conductor perform a selection of orchestral highlights from verismo operas, from familiar favourites to rarer gems.

  • New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 27th October 2023

    by Katherine Cooper

    Forgotten Baroque arias from Philippe Jaroussky, a second helping of Brescianello from La Serenissima, Debussy, Ravel and Attahir from Quatuor Arod, and a powerful collaboration between composer Ayanna Witter-Johnson and the LSO Percussion Ensemble.

  • Interview, Johan Dalene on Stained Glass

    by Katherine Cooper

    The Gramophone Award-winning young violinist discusses his new album with Christian Ihle Hadland, featuring music by Bacewicz, Ravel, Prokofiev, Pärt and Lili Boulanger.

  • BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - November 2023 Choices

    by Chris O'Reilly

    Chris introduces next month's selection, headed by a 'dynamic and vivid' postscript to Fabio Luisi's Gramophone Award-winning cycle of the Nielsen symphonies with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra on Deutsche Grammophon...

  • Interview, Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective - Transfigured

    by David Smith

    The chamber ensemble's Artistic Director Tom Poster talks about their new album of works from the Second Viennese School - with a selection of songs from the cruelly truncated career of Alma Mahler in pride of place.