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 Favourites, Gifts for... Exploring classical music's great composers

by Chris O'Reilly

In our next gift guide we recommend new box sets, books and sheet music exploring popular composers as well as those further off the beaten track.

 Recording of the Week, John Wilson conducts Copland's Third Symphony and Connotations

by Katherine Cooper

Chandos's superb survey of the American composer's orchestral music with the BBC Philharmonic continues to raise the roof as the Fanfare for the Common Man returns transformed.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 9th November 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

The final instalment of Jaap van Zweden’s excellent Ring Cycle with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, thrillingly raw Beethoven from Maxim Emelyanychev, Mozart from Faust and Melnikov, and Christopher Maltman’s role-debut as Berg's Wozzeck.

 Interview, Dame Sarah Connolly on A Walk with Ivor Gurney

by David Smith

The great English mezzo talks to David about her new album exploring the music and poetry of the wartime composer Ivor Gurney, with Tenebrae and the Aurora Orchestra.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Opera Lovers

by Chris O'Reilly

In the first of our festive gift guides, we've selected some perfect presents for the opera-lover in your life: from the latest recordings to the best books about opera.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - November 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, with Hilary Hahn's second volume of the Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin occupying the top spot.

 Interview, Clemens Trautmann on DG120

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine talks to the President of Deutsche Grammophon about his career and the label's 120th anniversary celebrations, including this evening's gala concert in Berlin, which is being streamed live at 8pm CET.

 Recording of the Week, Teodor Currentzis conducts Mahler's Sixth Symphony

by James Longstaffe

Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna present an impassioned, highly dramatic account of Mahler's Sixth Symphony.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 2nd November 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

A landmark account of Handel’s Serse starring Franco Fagioli, Elgar from Sir Mark Elder and Sir Andrew Davis, and the latest instalment of Naïve’s Vivaldi Edition from Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante.

 Video Interview, Thibaut Garcia on Bach Inspirations

by Katherine Cooper

The French guitarist talks to Katherine about his new album of Bach-influenced works by Villa-Lobos, Tansman, Barrios Mangoré and Gounod - as well as transcriptions of the composer's own Chaconne and two of his best-known chorales.

 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - October 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for September, with the outbound leg of Daniil Trifonov's Rachmaninov journey in the lead...

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

by Katherine Cooper

An all-Strauss programme from Arabella Steinbacher, world premiere recordings of three Parry orchestral works, and an assured and mesmerising debut on Warner Classics from Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński.

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - October 2018

by David Smith

Includes new releases from Edward Gardner, Ádám Fischer, Christina Pluhar and Daniil Trifonov, plus an iconic 2006 Keith Jarrett concert from Venice and vintage early Beethoven from the Amadeus Quartet.

 Recording of the Week, Requiem: The Pity of War from Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano

by Katherine Cooper

The tenor and pianist join forces for a programme of Butterworth, Rudi Stephan, Kurt Weill and Mahler to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day next month.

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 26th October 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Today's new releases include Bach from Giuliano Carmignola, Debussy from Nikolai Lugansky, and the debut solo recording of Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński.

 Video Interview, BACH 333 unboxed

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris and Katherine explore Deutsche Grammophon's mammoth new Bach Edition, produced in collaboration with Decca Classics and the Leipzig Bach Archive and running to over 280 hours of music.

 Coming Soon, Norma from the Metropolitan Opera and other forthcoming highlights

by Katherine Cooper

Sondra Radvanovsky and Joyce DiDonato star as Bellini's 'Druid duo', plus Mozart from Seong Jin-Cho, Debussy from François-Xavier Roth, and a rare outing for the original version of Verdi's Macbeth - directed from the violin by Fabio Biondi.

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - October 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces this month's selection, with Steven Isserlis and Dénes Várjon's recital of Chopin and Schubert on Hyperion taking pride of place.

 Announcement, Presto Classical Gift Vouchers now available

by Chris O'Reilly

We are pleased to announce that Presto gift vouchers are now available to buy online.

 Interview, Eric Lu on The Leeds International Piano Competition

by David Smith

The 20-year-old Chinese-American pianist talks to David about his victory last month and his plans for the immediate future.