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 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 19: Classical Comedy with Rainer Hersch

by Paul Thomas

Comedian Rainer Hersch joins Paul for a potted history of the art of cocking a snook at the strait-laced world of classical music.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 18: A Tale of Three Conductors with Rob Cowan

by Paul Thomas

Podcast regular Rob Cowan joins Paul to assess recent archival boxsets devoted to three émigré American conductors: Artur Rodzinski, Rafael Kubelik, and Eugene Ormandy.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 17 Bonus: Pierrot Lunaire with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

by Paul Thomas

For this special bonus episode of the podcast, Patricia Kopatchinskaja tells us about her longstanding relationship with Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 16: Britain, by George! - Handel with Suzanne Aspden

by Paul Thomas

Professor Suzanne Aspden joins Paul to trace Handel's journey from the youthful Italian cantatas & operas to his later English oratorios.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 15: Clarinet Chronicles with Julian Bliss

by Paul Thomas

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.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 14: The Music of Malcolm Arnold with Piers Burton-Page

by Paul Thomas

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.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 13: Symphonic Titans - Bruckner & Mahler with Peter Quantrill

by Paul Thomas

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.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 12: A Song in Our Hearts with Natasha Loges

by Paul Thomas

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.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 11: Tinkling the Ivories with Harriet Smith

by Paul Thomas

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.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 10: Across the Pond with David Hurwitz

by Paul Thomas

In the final Podcast of 2020 Paul and American writer, YouTuber and hilarious classical commentator David Hurwitz exchange music from each other's nations that has made an impact on them.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 9: The English Choral Tradition with David Smith

by Paul Thomas

Presto's own David Smith, a lay clerk at St. Philip's Cathedral Birmingham and member of Ex Cathedra, charts the turbulent development of the English choral tradition.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 8: The Stalin Prize with Marina Frolova-Walker

by Paul Thomas

Paul talks to Russian-born music historian Marina Frolova-Walker about the subject of her book, the notorious (and often misunderstood) Stalin Prize, and some of the composer stories behind it.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 7: Beethoven in Nine Pieces with Laura Tunbridge

by Paul Thomas

Professor Laura Tunbridge offers some new perspectives on Beethoven in the year of his 250th anniversary, by walking us through the pieces she chose to represent him in her acclaimed new book Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 6: Played in the USA with Rob Cowan

by Paul Thomas

Rob Cowan returns to the show to discuss several box-sets by three European émigré artists who settled in America - pianist Andor Foldes, conductor Antal Doráti, and violinist Isaac Stern.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 5: Time & Place with Jess Gillam

by Paul Thomas

Saxophonist Jess Gillam talks about the music on her new album Time and how moving from rural Cumbria to London, and the various projects she was involved in during lockdown have shaped her music over the past year.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 4: Outside the Box with Tom McKinney

by Paul Thomas

Classical guitarist, broadcaster and new music curator Tom McKinney talks about all things contemporary music... with a bit of Haydn thrown in for good measure.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 3: A Scandinavian Sojourn with Andrew Mellor

by Matt Groom

Music writer Andrew Mellor takes our host Paul Thomas on a musical grand tour of the Nordic nations, spotlighting several contemporary composers as well as pieces by Nielsen, Grieg and Sibelius.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 2: The Art of Music Criticism with Harriet Smith

by Matt Groom

For the second Presto Music Podcast, Paul is joined by music critic Harriet Smith, to discuss the art involved in reviewing classical music recordings.

 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 1: Confessions of a Bartók Salesman with Rob Cowan

by Matt Groom

The first episode in the brand new Presto Music Podcast series finds our Product Manager Paul Thomas in conversation with radio presenter and critic Rob Cowan, discussing recent releases and unearthing some juicy nuggets from Rob's past.