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

by Katherine Cooper

Schumann from Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber, Beethoven from Maxim Emelyanychev and the Nizhny Novgorod Soloists, and Elgar from Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé.

 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.

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

by Katherine Cooper

A Winterreise with a twist, a voluptuous tour of fin de siècle Vienna with Barbara Hannigan, and a fascinating collection of orchestral music by the British twentieth-century composer Ruth Gipps.

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

by Katherine Cooper

An irresistible collection of evergreens from a veteran baritone, Mendelssohn from the cutting-room floor, and two rare sets of incidental music by Fauré feature among this month’s favourites.

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

by Katherine Cooper

A nocturnal English song recital from Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton, a compelling new opera from an octogenarian composer, and a bracing Alpine adventure from Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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

by Katherine Cooper

Revelatory Debussy from Alexander Melnikov, a Mahlerian Midsummer Night’s Dream from Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and another nocturnal box of delights from Stephen Hough.

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

by Katherine Cooper

Britten and Pears from the BBC archives, a atmospheric Roussel triptych from the BBC Philharmonic and Yan Pascal Tortelier, and a fascinating pairing of two Finnish violin concertos.

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

by Katherine Cooper

Sandrine Piau and Nicholas Phan shine in evocative recitals featuring Verlaine settings, a recent Gounod discovery showcases one of the most promising young tenors around, and the Silesian Quartet continue to fly the flag for Grażyna Bacewicz.

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

by Katherine Cooper

A spellbinding journey to hell and back in the company of Stéphane Degout and Raphaël Pichon, an absorbing snapshot of Brian Ferneyhough’s career, and a slimmed-down Werther from Zurich…

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

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine's February favourites include lithe Brahms from Adam Laloum, a compelling collection of Medtner's songs from Iain Burnside and friends, and an arresting recording debut from the young cellist Kian Soltani.

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

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine's personal highlights of the month include music by Gounod, Martinů and Copland, plus a star turn from Joyce DiDonato gamely sending herself up in Jake Heggie's new opera about an American diva resurrecting a bel canto rarity.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - December 2017

by Katherine Cooper

Music by Marais, Pixis and Obrecht are among this month's favourites, plus an outstanding Debussy recital from the young South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - November 2017

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine's picks of the month include a rare outing for a surreal 'tango-opera' by Piazzólla, a Mahler Five that's red in tooth and claw, and an outstanding recital from French soprano Sabine Devieilhe.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - October 2017

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine's picks of the month include a treasure-trove of English part-song, an unconventional tribute to Fritz Wunderlich, and an urgent, persuasive new production of one of the greatest of all bel canto operas.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - September 2017

by Katherine Cooper

Sibelius piano works, an operatic homage to Cleopatra, and consort music by Christopher Tye are firm fixtures on Katherine's playlist this month.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - August 2017

by Katherine Cooper

Semyon Bychkov's persuasive reading of Tchaikovsky's Manfred is among Katherine's favourites of the month, alongside a long-forgotten Shakespearian opera by one of Verdi's early champions.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - July 2017

by Katherine Cooper

A moving and memorable Mahler triptych from a great British mezzo is among Katherine's flavours of the month…

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - June 2017

by Katherine Cooper

A Russian operatic recital, a virtual visit to Glyndebourne, and a raucous night at the pub (seventeenth-century style) are among Katherine's June highlights…

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - May 2017

by Katherine Cooper

A Brahmsian match made in heaven and a commanding recital with orchestra from a prolific young British soprano are among this month's stand-outs.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - April 2017

by Katherine Cooper

Schumann from Matthias Goerne, Brahms from Arcadi Volodos and Richard Strauss from Munich are among this month's highlights.