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  • Video Interview, John-Henry Crawford on Rachmaninoff

    by David Smith

    The cellist talks about his new album of Rachmaninoff cello works, built around the sonata in G minor and exploring the relationship between the cello's timbre and the human voice.

  • Video Interview, Elgan Llŷr Thomas on Unveiled

    by Katherine Cooper

    In the wake of the release of his debut album featuring a bold new translation of Britten's Michelangelo Sonnets (plus music by Tippett, Gipps and Thomas himself), the Welsh tenor discusses queer representation in opera and song - and why he feels that 'it's about time we started adding other stories into the mix'...

  • Video Interview, Paavo Järvi on Haydn's 'London' symphonies

    by David Smith

    The conductor talks about his recently-launched Haydn project, his upcoming milestone with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and why "there is absolutely zero difference between Haydn and Bruckner"...

  • Video Interview, Michael Waldron on Sword in the Soul

    by David Smith

    Conductor Michael Waldron shares some of his thoughts on Francis Grier's contemporary Passion oratorio 'Sword in the Soul', which he conducts on a new recording with the London Choral Sinfonia alongside works by Park, Bednall and Elgar.

  • Video Interview, Matilda Lloyd on 'Casta Diva'

    by David Smith

    In an exclusive post-concert interview for Presto Music following her launch recital at London's Wigmore Hall, trumpeter Matilda Lloyd talks about her new album of opera-inspired variations for trumpet and ensemble, 'Casta Diva' - featuring arrangements of works by Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, Viardot and more, and showcasing the instrument's more lyrical side.

  • Video Interview, Tim Mead on Beauteous Softness

    by Katherine Cooper

    The countertenor discusses his new album of songs by Henry Purcell, John Blow, Pelham Humfrey and William Webb with La Nuova Musica & David Bates (released last week on Pentatone).

  • Video Interview, Héloïse Luzzati on La Boîte à Pépites

    by Katherine Cooper

    The French cellist introduces her new label celebrating the legacies of women composers, which launched at the end of last month with a collection of vocal and chamber works by Charlotte Sohy (1887-1955).

  • Video Interview, Alessandro Quarta on Sixteen Seasons

    by Paolo Pezzangora

    Italian violinist, composer and musical superstar Alessandro Quarta talks to Presto's Paolo Pezzangora about his new album Sixteen Seasons - juxtaposing four composers' musical responses to the seasons of the year.

  • Video Interview, Lola Descours on Bassoon Steppes

    by David Smith

    The bassoonist discusses her new album of transcriptions, featuring Shostakovich, Rachmaninov and more, and the unique relationship between the instrument and Russian repertoire.

  • Video Interview, Daniel Hyde on Lenten, Passiontide and Easter music from King's

    by David Smith

    The Director of Music at King's College discusses the Choir's new album, featuring music for Easter and the period leading up to it.

  • Video Interview, Joyce DiDonato on EDEN

    by Katherine Cooper

    The American mezzo talks to Katherine about her new album on Erato, and answers some questions submitted by Presto readers along the way...

  • Video Interview, Coco Tomita on Origins

    by David Smith

    The violinist talks about her debut album Origins, released tomorrow on Orchid Classics, and discusses her musical upbringing and influences.

  • Video Interview, Jack Liebeck on Ysaÿe

    by David Smith

    The violinist talks about his new album of the six sonatas of Eugène Ysaÿe for solo violin.

  • Video Interview, Francisco Fullana on Bach's Long Shadow

    by David Smith

    The Majorcan violinist talks to David about his second solo album on Orchid Classics, featuring Bach's Partita No. 3 in E major plus music by Tárrega, Kreisler and Ysaÿe.

  • Video Interview, Randall Goosby on Roots

    by Katherine Cooper

    The violinist talks to Katherine about his debut album on Decca, celebrating the influence which Black composers and performers have had on American music from the late nineteenth century to the present day.

  • Video Interview, Adrian Chandler on Extra Time

    by David Smith

    Adrian Chandler talks about his latest album of rarely-encountered Baroque gems with La Serenissima, released this Friday on Signum.

  • Video Interview, John Nelson on Berlioz

    by Katherine Cooper

    Ahead of his performance and recording of the Grande Messe des Morts at St Paul's Cathedral tomorrow evening to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer's death, the American conductor talks to Katherine about his fifty-year relationship with music which 'lit something up in me that's remained all my life'.

  • Video Interview, Paavo Järvi on Sibelius

    by Katherine Cooper

    The Estonian conductor talks to Katherine about recording the first-ever complete set of Sibelius symphonies with a French orchestra during his tenure as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris.

  • Video Interview, Thibaut Garcia on Bach Inspirations

    by Katherine Cooper

    The French guitarist talks to Katherine about his new album of Bach-influenced works by Villa-Lobos, Tansman, Barrios Mangoré and Gounod - as well as transcriptions of the composer's own Chaconne and two of his best-known chorales.

  • Video Interview, BACH 333 unboxed

    by Chris O'Reilly

    Chris and Katherine explore Deutsche Grammophon's mammoth new Bach Edition, produced in collaboration with Decca Classics and the Leipzig Bach Archive and running to over 280 hours of music.