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Latest News: Classical

 Interview, Paul Wee on Alkan

by David Smith

Australian pianist and lawyer Paul Wee talks to David about his new recording of two monumental works by Alkan - the Symphony and Concerto for solo piano - and about his intense double career.

 Recording of the Week, Vaughan Williams Symphonies from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

by David Smith

Martyn Brabbins continues his Vaughan Williams cycle with the sharply-contrasted Third and Fourth symphonies, as well as the première of a newly-restored work for tenor, chorus and orchestra.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 10th January 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Elgar from Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Andris Nelsons’s first New Year’s Day Concert from Vienna, Handel’s first opera Almira from Boston, and Mahler, Zemlinsky and Korngold from soprano Camilla Tilling.

 Interview, Two new concertos by Gabriel Prokofiev

by David Smith

Russian-British composer, DJ and record producer Gabriel Prokofiev talks to David about his recently-released double-bill of concertos, showcasing the saxophone and bass drum as solo instruments.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - January 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, with Stephen Hough's 'imaginative yet learned' accounts of Brahms's late piano works (released last Friday on Hyperion) in pride of place.

 Presto CD, Titles from The British Collection added to Presto CD

by Flora Lucas

Seventeen titles from Decca's British Collection make up our latest Presto CD additions, including recordings of Britten, Elgar, Finzi, Holst, Tippett and Walton.

 Recording of the Week, Lines Written During a Sleepless Night: The Russian Connection

by Katherine Cooper

The young British soprano Louise Alder traces her family history through a programme of Rachmaninov, Grieg, Medtner, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Britten, with superb support from Joseph Middleton.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 3rd January 2020

by Chris O'Reilly

Schtschedrin and Respighi from the late Mariss Jansons, late Brahms from Stephen Hough, the start of a promising Ockeghem series from award-winning vocal ensemble Blue Heron, and a scintillating debut from young Swedish violinist Johan Dalene, who won last year’s Carl Nielsen Competition.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 50 best-selling titles across all formats for the whole of last year, with Isabelle Faust's Bach concertos (and assorted extras!) with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin on Harmonia Mundi leading the pack...

 Obituary, 2019 Goodbyes

by James Longstaffe

A short video tribute remembering some of the musicians who passed away during 2019.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - December 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for December, with Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang's recital of Franck and Chopin on Erato in first place...

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - December 2019

by David Smith

Rarities by Auber and Leopold Koželuch on Naxos, the world premiere recordings of three symphonies by the British TV and film composer Christopher Gunning, and remasterings of Kathleen Ferrier and Teresa Berganza.

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - December 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

Anthologies devoted to Moura Lympany, Ernst Haefliger, Karl Münchinger and Solomon, plus collection of Russian chamber music and a 56-disc Mendelssohn Edition on Hänssler.

 Obituary, Peter Schreier (1935-2019)

by Chris O'Reilly

The German lyric tenor and conductor, who was particularly acclaimed for his interpretations of Schubert lieder and the Bach Passions, has died aged 84.

 Recording of the Week, Osmo Vänskä conducts Mahler's Fourth Symphony

by James Longstaffe

Joined by soprano Carolyn Sampson, Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra continue their Mahler cycle with an exquisitely-detailed performance of the Fourth Symphony.

 New Release Round-up, Ones that got away - Autumn/Winter 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

A selection of our best-selling titles from autumn and winter, from artists including Víkingur Ólafsson, Le Poème Harmonique, and Paavo Järvi.

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - January 2020 Choices

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this issue's selection, headed by 'the best Samson ever' from John Butt and Dunedin Consort on Linn.

 Presto CD, 31 new Decca titles added to Presto CD

by Flora Lucas

Recently added Presto CDs include Mahler from Christoph von Dohnányi, Grieg and Chopin from Olli Mustonen and Haydn from Sir Georg Solti.

 Recording of the Week, Presto Personal Favourites from 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

Recordings from Sandrine Piau, Igor Levit and Jakub Józef Orliński feature among the editorial team's individual picks of the year.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 20th December 2019

by Chris O'Reilly

Symphonies by Leopold Koželuch, piano concertos by Hummel, transcendental studies by Liszt and Lyapunov, and a three-part documentary on the history of the English organ from Fugue State Films.

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