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Latest Classical Favourites Articles

 Favourites, Leonard Bernstein

Chris O'Reilly

On the composer's 100th birthday, Chris recommends some favourite recordings of his key works across all genres, from the ever-popular West Side Story to comparative rarities like Trouble in Tahiti and the song-cycles.

 Favourites, Christa Ludwig at 90

Katherine Cooper

Katherine celebrates the great German mezzo's ninetieth birthday by picking out ten favourite recordings from her long and varied career.

 Favourites, Christmas Releases 2017

Katherine Cooper

Ten of our favourite new festive recordings, from early music collections to traditional carols.

 Favourites, Sibelius

Katherine Cooper

Presto's founder Maurice Millward chooses his favourite recordings.

 Favourites, Edvard Grieg

David Smith

David picks some of the best recordings of the works of the Norwegian Romantic nationalist, Edvard Grieg.

 Favourites, Camille Saint-Saëns

James Longstaffe

James explores the music of French composer Camille Saint-Saëns and chooses some of his favourite recordings.

 Favourites, Jacques Offenbach

Katherine Cooper

Katherine explores beyond the Barcarolle and the Can-Can to uncover some neglected gems…

 Favourites, César Franck

David Smith

David picks out some of the finest recordings of Belgian organist-composer César Franck.

 Favourites, Richard Wagner

James Longstaffe

James selects some of his favourite audio and video recordings of the music of Richard Wagner from amongst the many outstanding available accounts.

 Favourites, JS Bach Choral & Vocal Works

David Smith

This week it's David's turn to attempt the impossible - whittling down the huge and distinguished choral discography of JS Bach and picking out the very best.

 Favourites, Giuseppe Verdi

Katherine Cooper

Katherine attempts to whittle her list of favourite Verdi recordings into double figures…

 Favourites, Ludwig van Beethoven - Orchestral & Choral Works

James Longstaffe

James attempts the Herculean task of choosing his favourite recordings of orchestral and choral works by Ludwig van Beethoven.

 Favourites, Sergei Rachmaninov

David Smith

David picks out some recordings of the works of Rachmaninov, perhaps the greatest composer for the piano of the Twentieth Century.

 Favourites, Burns Night

David Smith

David compiles a playlist to go with the tatties and neeps…

 Favourites, Georges Bizet

Katherine Cooper

Katherine looks at the recorded legacy of the French composer.

 Favourites, Aaron Copland

James Longstaffe

James selects some of his favourite recordings of the music of the quintessentially American composer, Aaron Copland.

 Favourites, Felix Mendelssohn

David Smith

David picks out some recordings of the German Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn.

 Favourites, Mozart Operas

Katherine Cooper

Katherine trawls through her collection and makes some difficult decisions…

 Favourites, Erich Wolfgang Korngold

James Longstaffe

James chooses his favourite recordings of the music of Korngold, best known for his Violin Concerto as well as numerous operas and film scores.

 Favourites, Music for Advent

David Smith

As Christmas draws near, David takes a look at music written for the season of Advent.