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James is joined by conductor John Wilson for a look back at some of his recordings with Sinfonia of London, followed by an in-depth chat about their latest album of Golden Age film music, Hollywood Soundstage.
Horn-player Sarah Willis discusses the second of her Cuban-inspired albums, and the connections between Mozart and Latin American dance.
The live recordings by the great Czech conductor Karel Ančerl, and Bohemian musical culture are explored by Rob Cowan and Matouš Vlčinský from Supraphon records.
This week three eminent music biographers join Paul for a round-table discussion on the art of writing a music biography.
This week we are joined by writer Charlotte Gardner to discuss changing styles of violin-playing over the past hundred years.
To celebrate Presto Music's double anniversary we invited our very own Chris O'Reilly onto the show to talk about how it grew from a small CD shop in Leamington Spa to become one of the global leaders in online music retail.
Paul meets the members of The Hermes Experiment, one of the UK's most innovative contemporary music groups, in the week that their second album is released on Delphian Records.
Rob Cowan and David Hurwitz join Paul to discuss the merits of Warner's recent 55 disc boxset devoted to the recordings of the iconic German conductor, Wilhelm Furtwängler.
Musicologists - who are they, what do they want, and who keeps feeding 'em? Paul gets to the nub of all of these questions with the help of Daniel Elphick.
Andrew Mellor returns to the show to discuss the music of Carl Nielsen, one of the twentieth century's most fascinating symphonists.
This week's guest is one of Britain's most talented young organists, Anna Lapwood, giving us a potted history of the organ's history, and a tour of her eclectic new record, Images.
Comedian Rainer Hersch joins Paul for a potted history of the art of cocking a snook at the strait-laced world of classical music.
Podcast regular Rob Cowan joins Paul to assess recent archival boxsets devoted to three émigré American conductors: Artur Rodzinski, Rafael Kubelik, and Eugene Ormandy.
For this special bonus episode of the podcast, Patricia Kopatchinskaja tells us about her longstanding relationship with Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire.
Professor Suzanne Aspden joins Paul to trace Handel's journey from the youthful Italian cantatas & operas to his later English oratorios.
Paul is given a guided tour of the clarinet's history by Julian Bliss, from its first appearances in the eighteenth century, up to the present day, and the important role it played in the development of jazz.
Author and President of the Malcolm Arnold Society, Piers Burton-Page, gives an overview of the life and work of this important voice in twentieth-century British music.
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Episode 13: Symphonic Titans - Bruckner & Mahler with Peter Quantrill
Bruckner and Mahler are the focus of this week's show, as Paul Thomas is joined by Gramophone writer Peter Quantrill to assess a couple of recent box-sets devoted to each composer.
In this Valentine's Day Special, Paul talks with author Natasha Loges about the art of Romantic song, as it moved from Vienna to Leipzig in the nineteenth Century.
After a short break, the Presto Music Podcast is back, and for this first episode, Harriet Smith and Paul Thomas talk through some of their favourite pianists.