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 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - April 2022

by Katherine Cooper

South African soprano Golda Schultz emerges as a compelling story-teller on her debut recording of songs by five female composers, whilst Véronique Gens and Sandrine Piau pay vivid tribute to two French baroque divas of an earlier generation.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - March 2022

by Katherine Cooper

White-hot Rachmaninov from Asmik Grigorian and Lukas Geniušas, four vivid orchestral works by American composer James Lee III, some riveting new commissions from Manchester Camerata, and a macabre but mesmerising 'Celebration of Life in Death' from Anna Prohaska.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - February 2022

by Katherine Cooper

A kaleidoscope of African piano music from Rebeca Omordia, Italian baroque rarities from Ian Bostridge, and a musical journey from Prague To Budapest from Laura van der Heijden and Jâms Coleman.

 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - January 2022

by Katherine Cooper

A powerful pasticcio requiem from La Tempête and Simon-Pierre Bestion, enchanting Handel from Sandrine Piau and Les Paladins, and a superb survey of George Walker's piano sonatas from Steven Beck.

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

by Katherine Cooper

A terrific debut album of baroque operatic heroines from Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique, a mesmerising 'Venetian Mirror' from Le Consort, and a madcap musical journey down Lewis Carroll's rabbit-hole courtesy of Irish composer Gerald Barry.

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

by Katherine Cooper

French mezzos Marianne Crebassa and Lea Desandre excel on two very different recital-discs, Claire Booth and Christopher Glynn offer an unusual perspective on Mussorgsky, and The Hermes Experiment continue to surprise and delight with their second album.

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

by Katherine Cooper

Yannick Nézet-Séguin's Florence Price project from Philadelphia gets off to an electrifying start, Lucas Debargue and Gidon Kremer prove energetic champions of Polish composer-pianist Miłosz Magin, and the Marian and Illyria Consorts join forces for an illuminating Adriatic Voyage.

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

by Katherine Cooper

A vividly-painted gallery of French Classical heroines from Véronique Gens, Bull and Byrd in glorious technicolour from Kit Armstrong, and a mesmerising recital of songs by Irish composer Ina Boyle.

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

by Katherine Cooper

An exhilarating debut recording from the C/O Chamber Orchestra in Ibert, Bartók and more, a loveable recital of love-song transcriptions from Angela Hewitt, and a superbly-paced Fidelio from Marek Janowski.

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

by Katherine Cooper

A hugely enjoyable and thought-provoking debut from US violinist Randall Goosby, an illuminating musical tour of Vienna with pianist Alasdair Beatson, and a superb introduction to the orchestral music of Vítězslava Kaprálová.

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

by Katherine Cooper

John Wilson and Sinfonia of London spin a sensuous shaggy-dog story with élan, Kate Lindsey and Arcangelo bring Nero to life in all his monstrous glory, and Elizabeth Llewellyn and Simon Lepper shine light on forgotten songs by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

 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.