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Latest News: Classical, Favourites

 Favourites, Shelf Discovery: Martha Argerich

by Paul Thomas

In the first instalment of a new occasional series comparing early and late-career recordings by the same artist, Paul revisits two landmark albums from the Argentine pianist.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Chamber and Instrumental Music enthusiasts

by Chris O'Reilly

Our top picks for fans of chamber music - including selected recordings, box sets, books and sheet music.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Baroque and Early Music fans

by Chris O'Reilly

Books and recordings for lovers of medieval, Renaissance and baroque music.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Children (and grandchildren)

by Chris O'Reilly

A selection of recordings and books to introduce children of all ages to the delights of classical music.

 Favourites, Gifts for... Pianists and piano fans

by Chris O'Reilly

From 2019's best new recordings and box sets, to informative books, insightful interviews and beautiful sheet music, we select our top gifts for piano players and piano lovers alike.

 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.

 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.

 Favourites, Tasmin Little - a personal retrospective

by Katherine Cooper

As the British violinist prepares for retirement from the concert platform, she talks us through some personal highlights from her extensive discography...

 Favourites, Christmas Releases 2018

by Chris O'Reilly

Festive albums from artists including Masaaki Suzuki, Rolando Villazón, Daniel Behle, The Sixteen, Apollo’s Fire, and the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.

 Favourites, Leonard Bernstein

by 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

by 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

by Katherine Cooper

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

 Favourites, Sibelius

by Katherine Cooper

Presto's founder Maurice Millward chooses his favourite recordings.

 Favourites, Edvard Grieg

by David Smith

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

 Favourites, Camille Saint-Saëns

by James Longstaffe

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

 Favourites, Jacques Offenbach

by Katherine Cooper

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

 Favourites, César Franck

by David Smith

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

 Favourites, Richard Wagner

by 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

by 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

by Katherine Cooper

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

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