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 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - April 2021

by Katherine Cooper

A beguiling recital of lieder by female composers from soprano Olena Tokar and Igor Gryshyn, a revelatory Wesendonk-Lieder from Matthias Goerne and Seong-Jin Cho, and a glittering Nutcracker from the brilliant young pianist Ivan Bessonov.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - March 2021

by Katherine Cooper

A touching and often witty recital of lockdown commissions from Helen Charlston and Michael Craddock, electrifying Ives from Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and a revelatory recital of Florence Price's piano music from Samantha Ege.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - February 2021

by Katherine Cooper

A breathtaking Liszt recital from Benjamin Grosvenor, three electrifying orchestral works by Raymond Yiu, and a highly enjoyable trip to the zoo with Ashley Riches and Joseph Middleton.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - January 2021

by Katherine Cooper

Spellbinding story-telling from Georgian pianist Nicolas Namoradze, an exciting Eccles world premiere from the Academy of Ancient Music, and hugely appealing chamber music by Swedish Romantic composer Helena Munktell.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - November 2020

by Katherine Cooper

Ian Bostridge's miller-lad toughens up on the tenor's third recording of Die schöne Müllerin, whilst Philippe Jaroussky and TrioW both unearth some fascinating buried treasure and Paavo Järvi begins a promising new Tchaikovsky cycle.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - October 2020

by Katherine Cooper

Vivid, cinematic orchestral works from Anna Clyne, Reynaldo Hahn's enchanting first opera, and mesmerising musical riddles from singer-composer Stef Conner.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - September 2020

by Katherine Cooper

Vivaldi with a twist from Patricia Kopatchinskaja, beautifully downsized Mahler from the late Reinbert de Leeuw, and a superbly atmospheric Peter Grimes from Bergen.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - August 2020

by Katherine Cooper

Gothic operas from Missy Mazzoli and Saint-Saëns, Fazil Say's complete works for violin, and a startlingly atmospheric song-cycle for mezzo and orchestra by Finnish composer Outi Tarkiainen.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - July 2020

by Katherine Cooper

A terrific debut solo recording featuring Britten and Liszt confirms the young British tenor Stuart Jackson as a major talent, whilst Chandos release two twentieth-century masterpieces centring on incarceration.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - June 2020

by Katherine Cooper

Thomas Adès's treatment of the Creation myth rivals Haydn's for inventiveness, whilst Arabella Steinbacher smoulders in Piazzolla, and Antonio Pappano whips up a storm in a new studio recording of Verdi's Otello.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - May 2020

by Katherine Cooper

Imaginative song-recitals from Natalya Romaniw, Roderick Williams and Ilker Arcayürek, luminous Janáček from Thomas Adès, and old-school orchestral fireworks from Airat Ichmouratov.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - April 2020

by Katherine Cooper

Anna Prohaska sings of man's first disobedience, Yuja Wang dances with the devil, and Gerald Barry, Thomas Adès and Mark Stone paint a touching portrait of Beethoven in love.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - March 2020

by Katherine Cooper

Ripping yarns from Stéphane Degout and Simon Lepper, an exuberant Diabelli Variations with a twist from Rudolf Buchbinder, and an affectionate tribute to Leopold Godowsky from the brilliant young Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - February 2020

by Katherine Cooper

A captivating collection of English song from Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton, a Spanish postcard from Offenbach, and a weird and wonderful Skalkottas anthology from Athens.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - January 2020

by Katherine Cooper

An eloquent, gently moving debut from the young Swedish violinist Johan Dalene, French connections from John Wilson, and a terrific triptych of Ariannas from American mezzo Kate Lindsey.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - November 2019

by Katherine Cooper

Arresting debut albums from tenor Benjamin Bernheim, violinist Diana Tishchenko and mezzo Adèle Charvet, plus fleet-footed Schubert from Maxim Emelyanychev in his first recording with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - October 2019

by Katherine Cooper

Awe-inspiring Ravel and Stravinsky from Italian pianist Beatrice Rana, eloquent Schumann from Camilla Tilling, Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber, and a superbly spooky Der Freischütz from Marek Janowski.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - September 2019

by Katherine Cooper

Sumptuous Elgar from Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, fiery Falla from Pablo Heras-Casado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and lightly-worn virtuosity from the sweet-toned Chinese violinist Ning Feng.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - August 2019

by Katherine Cooper

Raphaël Pichon and Pygmalion paint a vivid picture of Mozart on the cusp of operatic greatness, Christophe Rousset makes a hugely persuasive case for Gounod’s original version of Faust, and Johannes Moser and Alasdair Beatson beguile in a programme of music for cello and piano by the Mendelssohns.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - July 2019

by Katherine Cooper

An utterly enthralling debut recital from American soprano Melody Moore, a pacey period-instrument account of Weber’s Oberon from the Stadttheater Gießen, and eclectic new concertos for violin and clarinet from Wynton Marsalis and Joseph Phibbs.