Presto News - 16th January 2012

New Year’s Concert from Vienna

It always seems to me that the (impressively speedy!) release of the New Year’s Day concert from Vienna is one of the most fortuitously-timed annual events in the classical recordings calendar. What better way to blow away that sluggish January feeling than with a couple of hours of glittering waltzes and polkas from an orchestra and conductor who have this music in their (Wiener) blood? (I’ll stay away from clichéd metaphors involving Sachertorte and champagne, but feel free to insert your own should you wish!)

Mariss Jansons
Mariss Jansons

The concerts from the Großer Saal of the Musikverein have been getting the musical year off to a flying start since 1939, and for the past three decades or so they’ve also been recorded and/or broadcast live – a real boon as tickets are like gold-dust: aspiring audience-members must pre-register a year in advance just to be entered into the ticket draw, and many Viennese families pass their subscription from one generation to the next like an heirloom!

The concerts have been entrusted to a different illustrious conductor each year since the mid-eighties, with Karajan, Abbado, Maazel and Muti all featuring on the roster. Maestro Jansons has taken up the baton once before, in 2006, and brings his characteristic poise and elegance to bear on the ‘Strauss Family and Friends’ programme to scintillating effect.

Though I had dipped into individual tracks to enliven the dark mornings last week, I did wonder as I sat down to review it whether two discs of the Strausses & Co. might be the aural equivalent of polishing off that last lurking box of Christmas continental chocolates in one fell swoop (bang goes my resolution to avoid food metaphors – my apologies!).

I needn’t have worried. The programme is so imaginatively planned, with fast-and-furious polkas acting as a palette-cleanser between the lush waltzes, that I was craving the second disc even before I’d finished the first! In addition, there are specific themes running through the programme which introduce several lesser-known works, some of which have never been programmed for a New Year’s Day concert before. The opening section includes two pieces written for the 1890 inaugural ball at the new Vienna Town Hall: Johann Strauss II’s Rathausballtanze (‘Town Hall Dances’, receiving its New Year’s Day premiere) and Carl Michael Ziehrer’s Wiener Burger (‘Viennese citizens’). The latter is so characterful and melodically memorable that I have to concur with the original audience in their assertion that Ziehrer was fit to rival Strauss II for the title of ‘Waltz-King’; the former, which reworks and melds fragments from the composer’s best-known waltzes and the Austrian National Anthem, beautifully encapsulates the concert’s balance of tradition and innovation and its capacity for fresh takes on familiar music.

There’s even a quirky little nod to the forthcoming London Olympics in the form of two short-and-sweet polkas: Johann Junior’s Albion-Polka was dedicated to Prince Albert, whilst Josef’s Jokey (Jockey)-Polka was written in tribute to the Prince Consort’s enthusiasm for riding (listen out for the startling whip-cracks!).

The second disc is largely made up of Old Favourites – the Thunder and Lightening Polka, Radetzky March and of course the Blue Danube all receive sparkling performances, which are all the more welcome after the slightly more unusual first disc with its teasing hints of things to come! Samples as usual on the CD link below.


BBC Music Magazine Awards Shortlist

January also brings the nominations for the annual BBC Music Magazine Awards. Perusing the shortlist on Friday, I was reminded of what an embarrassment of riches we were offered by the artists and labels in 2011, with repertoire ranging from Victoria to Steve Reich (and that’s just the choral category!) and already-legendary artists like Andreas Scholl sitting alongside newcomers such as Florian Boesch and Benjamin Grosvenor. We’re still pondering our decisions in the Presto office, but were pleased to see so many of our personal highlights of the year amongst the nominations: you may recall that we enthused about Agrippina, Billy Budd, Mr Grosvenor and Stutzmann’s Vivaldi disc in newsletters. As usual, we’ve created a special page for the Awards here where you can mull over your decisions before heading to BBC Music Magazine’s page to cast your vote – some tough choices to make!

| Share

New Year's Concert 2012 - CD

Vienna Philharmonic, Mariss Jansons

play Listen - sound samples available for this item

More ...

New Year's Concert 2012 - DVD

Vienna Philharmonic, Mariss Jansons

More ...

New Year's Concert 2012 - Blu-ray

Vienna Philharmonic, Mariss Jansons

More ...

Katherine Cooper - katherine.cooper@prestoclassical.co.uk

New Releases

16th January 2012

This is just the pick of the recent releases. The New Releases and Future Releases pages are always available for browsing all the new and forthcoming releases.

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 & Caprice Bohemien

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

Vasily Petrenko conducts the RLPO for Rachmaninov’s third and most expressive symphony, paired with his capriccio on gypsy themes, the Caprice Bohémien.

This will be the first of a run of exciting releases focusing on the Russian music of Petrenko’s heritage.

play Listen - sound samples available for this item

play Watch - Video trailers available for this item

More ...

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Albert Dohmen (Hans Sachs), Robert Dean Smith (Walther von Stolzing), Edith Haller (Eva), Dietrich Henschel (Sixtus Beckmesser), Rundfunkchor Berlin & Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski

We are delighted to announce the second release in the Complete Wagner Edition. It is a unique project with all Wagner’s operas being performed by the same forces in concert performances. The first release, Flying Dutchman (PTC5186400) was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice.

play Listen - sound samples available for this item

download Download - download options available for this item

More ...

Alison Balsom: Seraph

Alison Balsom (trumpet), Scottish Ensemble, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Renes

Alison’s new recording of modern and contemporary repertoire marks an important artistic stepping stone in her career. This labour of love features the world premiere recording of Seraph, James MacMillan’s trumpet concerto written for Alison, works by Takemitsu and Zimmermann and includes her long-awaited recording of the ever popular Arutunian Trumpet Concerto.

play Listen - sound samples available for this item

More ...

Janacek: Choral Works

Cappella Amsterdam, Daniel Reuss

Janácek’s choral works draw on an extremely rich repertory of folksongs and folk tales. The composer seized on idioms from Bohemian and Moravian traditions, with their characteristic folk dances and rustic nursery rhymes, and on the recently published ‘Moravian Duets’ of his compatriot Antonín Dvorák, to convey a mixture of emotions, forever shifting between cheerfulness and melancholy, like his subdued harmonies. Here we witness the birth of a musical language which, though deliberately rooted in central Europe, has projected for nearly a century the aura of a universal sentiment.

play Listen - sound samples available for this item

More ...

Two Souls (Khachaturian and Barber Violin Concertos)

Mikhail Simonyan (violin), London Symphony Orchestra, Kristjan Järvi

This unusual coupling of the violin concertos by Aram Khachaturian and Samuel Barber, entitled Two Souls, is tailor-made for Mikhail Simonyan’s exciting DG debut. Born in Novosibirsk, Simonyan has mixed Russian and Armenian parentage, but spent his formative years in the US. Simonyan's close rapport with Kristjan Järvi and his first collaboration with one of the world’s best orchestras, the London Symphony Orchestra, produce an extraordinarily fresh reading of the two concertos.

play Listen - sound samples available for this item

More ...

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto Nos. 1 & 2

Andrei Korobeinikov (piano), Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Okko Kamu

These scores show two completely different periods in the life of Shostakovich: that of a young musician suddenly become famous, going from strength to strength, and a quarter of a century later, the trials and disappointments, both professional and romantic, of a composer nearing his fiftieth anniversary.

After his recent success at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, both in recital and concerto, this is Andrei Korobeinikov’s third disk for Mirare, this time accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique de Lahti and its principal conductor Okko Kamu.

play Listen - sound samples available for this item

More ...

Viola Concertos

Nobuko Imai (viola), Orchestra de la haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve, Gabor Takacs-Nagy

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) was one of the most under-appreciated composers of the 20th century. Talented and prolific, he was also a viola virtuoso of the highest order and premiered William Walton’s Viola Concerto. More than any other composer, Hindemith understood the viola and wrote some of its most challenging repertoire. ‘Der Schwanendreher’ is a delightful viola concerto with themes based on old German folksongs.

On his death-bed Béla Bartók (1881-1945) left a draft of what appears to be almost all of the solo viola part of his concerto. The orchestration of the first version prepared for performance is largely Tibor Serly’s although Bartók left fairly frequent short-hand prompts to what he had in mind. The revised edition, by Peter Bartók and Nelson Dellamaggiore, has restored many original features, but has not fundamentally challenged the orchestration.

play Listen - sound samples available for this item

download Download - download options available for this item

More ...

Beethoven: String Trios, Op. 9 Nos. 1-3

Trio Zimmermann: Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Christian Poltéra (cello)

For their second release on BIS the Trio Zimmermann play Beethoven’s String Trios Op.9 – a set of three that the composer himself upon their completion described as the finest of his works.

With their concentrated sonority, intense drama and striking formal disposition, the Op.9 trios mark the highlight as well as the end of Beethoven’s production for string trio before he went on to compose quartets instead.

play Listen - sound samples available for this item

download Download - download options available for this item

More ...

Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 CD Review

Saturday 14th January 2012

Building a Library - Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

First Choice

Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Hallé, Sir Mark Elder

play Listen - sound samples available for this item

More ...

Disc of the Week

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

play Listen - sound samples available for this item

More ...

To receive future editions of Presto News by email, please enter your details here:

Your email address: 
Your name:

Your details will be used only in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Previous Newsletters

11-Aug-2017 -Francesco Piemontesi performs Piano Concertos by Mozart
04-Aug-2017 -Songs by Richard Strauss, plus the Oboe Concerto and works for wind ensemble
28-Jul-2017 -Elīna Garanča sings the title role in Donizetti's La Favorite
21-Jul-2017 -Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra launch a Mahler cycle with Symphony No. 5
14-Jul-2017 -Daniel Barenboim conducts Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius
07-Jul-2017 -Anthony Marwood performs Walton's Violin Concerto
30-Jun-2017 -Andreas Brantelid and Bengt Forsberg perform Fauré's complete works for cello and piano
23-Jun-2017 -Bojan Čičić performs violin music by Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli
16-Jun-2017 -Véronique Gens sings French Romantic arias
09-Jun-2017 -Alexandre Kantorow plays Russian piano music
02-Jun-2017 -Steven Osborne performs Piano Concertos by Ravel and Manuel de Falla
26-May-2017 -Brahms Symphonies from Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra
19-May-2017 -Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov perform César Franck's Violin Sonata
12-May-2017 -Jirí Belohlávek conducts Dvořák's Stabat Mater
05-May-2017 -Andris Nelsons conducts Bruckner's Third Symphony
28-Apr-2017 -I Fagiolini perform Monteverdi's "Other" Vespers
21-Apr-2017 -Roderick Williams sings a new work by Howard Skempton: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
14-Apr-2017 -Previously unreleased cello recital by Mstislav Rostropovich and Benjamin Britten
07-Apr-2017 -Jonas Kaufmann takes on Das Lied von der Erde - all of it!
31-Mar-2017 -The Nash Ensemble perform chamber music by Bruch
24-Mar-2017 -Paul McCreesh conducts Haydn's The Seasons
17-Mar-2017 -Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to Bach's St Matthew Passion
10-Mar-2017 -Grigory Sokolov performs piano concertos by Mozart and Rachmaninov
03-Mar-2017 -The LSO performs orchestral works by Thomas Adès
24-Feb-2017 -Christophe Rousset conducts Étienne Méhul's rarely-heard opera, Uthal
17-Feb-2017 -Thomas Hampson sings Lieder arranged for baritone and string orchestra
10-Feb-2017 -Andrew Davis continues Chandos's cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies
03-Feb-2017 -John Eliot Gardiner conducts Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream
27-Jan-2017 -Haydn String Quartets performed by the London Haydn Quartet
20-Jan-2017 -Vasily Petrenko completes his cycle of Tchaikovsky Symphonies
13-Jan-2017 -Diana Damrau sings in Bizet's The Pearl Fishers from the Met
06-Jan-2017 -Bernard Haitink conducts Mahler's Third Symphony
30-Dec-2016 -Gerald Finley sings Sibelius songs
23-Dec-2016 -Jack Liebeck performs Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 2
16-Dec-2016 -Presto Personal Favourites from 2016
09-Dec-2016 -Teodor Currentzis conducts Mozart's Don Giovanni
02-Dec-2016 -Bach's Christmas Oratorio from John Butt and Handel's Messiah from Andrew Davis
25-Nov-2016 -Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the 2015 Chopin Piano Competition, performs Chopin
18-Nov-2016 -Lisa Batiashvili performs Violin Concertos by Tchaikovsky and Sibelius
11-Nov-2016 -Matthias Goerne sings Wotan in Wagner's Die Walküre
04-Nov-2016 -Elīna Garanča sings dramatic arias for mezzo-soprano
28-Oct-2016 -Isabelle Faust plays Mozart's Violin Concertos
21-Oct-2016 -The Tallis Scholars perform two Masses by Josquin
14-Oct-2016 -Bach and Telemann cantatas from Philippe Jaroussky
07-Oct-2016 -Daniil Trifonov performs Liszt's complete Concert Etudes
30-Sep-2016 -Münchner Philharmoniker launch their own label with music by Bruckner and Mahler
23-Sep-2016 -Iván Fischer conducts music by Tchaikovsky and Borodin
16-Sep-2016 -Synergy Vocals and Matthias Goerne perform music by Luciano Berio and Gustav Mahler
09-Sep-2016 -John Eliot Gardiner conducts Mendelssohn symphonies with the LSO
02-Sep-2016 -Anna Netrebko sings Verismo arias
26-Aug-2016 -Bach's Goldberg Variations from harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani
19-Aug-2016 -Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside perform Schubert Lieder
12-Aug-2016 -Lionel Meunier and Vox Luminis perform Requiems by Fux and Kerll
05-Aug-2016 -New volumes in Hyperion's Classical Piano Concerto and Romantic Violin Concerto series
29-Jul-2016 -Osmo Vänskä completes his cycle of Sibelius symphonies with the Minnesota Orchestra
22-Jul-2016 -Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and Donizetti's Poliuto from Glyndebourne
15-Jul-2016 -Richard Egarr performs Bach's French Suites
08-Jul-2016 -Valery Gergiev and the LSO perform Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette
01-Jul-2016 -Piano and Vocal music by Erik Satie
24-Jun-2016 -James MacMillan's new work on the Resurrection
17-Jun-2016 -Vocal Music by Brahms
10-Jun-2016 -Tchaikovsky Symphonies conducted by Vasily Petrenko
03-Jun-2016 -Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
27-May-2016 -Andris Nelsons conducts symphonies by Shostakovich
20-May-2016 -Richard Egarr conducts Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore
13-May-2016 -Beethoven Symphonies from Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker
06-May-2016 -John Wilson conducts music by Gershwin
29-Apr-2016 -Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien perform Violin Sonatas by Mozart
22-Apr-2016 -Choral Music by Antonio Lotti from the Syred Consort
15-Apr-2016 -Paul Lewis performs Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1
08-Apr-2016 -Andrew Manze begins a cycle of symphonies by Vaughan Williams
01-Apr-2016 -Stephen Hough plays piano concertos by Dvořák and Schumann
25-Mar-2016 -Bach's St John Passion from René Jacobs
18-Mar-2016 -Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci featuring Jonas Kaufmann
11-Mar-2016 -Robert King conducts Mendelssohn's arrangement of Handel's Israel in Egypt
04-Mar-2016 -Tugan Sokhiev conducts music by Prokofiev
26-Feb-2016 -Mark Elder conducts Donizetti's Le Duc d'Albe
19-Feb-2016 -Steven Isserlis plays cello concertos by Elgar and Walton
12-Feb-2016 -ORA performs choral music inspired by William Byrd
05-Feb-2016 -David Goode performs organ works by J.S. Bach
29-Jan-2016 -John Wilson conducts music by Aaron Copland
22-Jan-2016 -Henryk Górecki's Symphony No. 4
15-Jan-2016 -Grigory Sokolov plays Schubert and Beethoven
08-Jan-2016 -Kopatchinskaja and Jansen perform violin concertos by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Bartók
01-Jan-2016 -Music for Clarinet Trio from The Clarinotts
25-Dec-2015 -John Williams's soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
18-Dec-2015 -Presto Personal Favourites from 2015
11-Dec-2015 -Paavo Järvi conducts Nielsen's complete symphonies
04-Dec-2015 -Music for Christmas
27-Nov-2015 -Sol Gabetta plays Pēteris Vasks
20-Nov-2015 -Vocal Recitals from Sabine Devieilhe and Véronique Gens
13-Nov-2015 -Seong-Jin Cho: Winner of the 2015 Chopin Piano Competition
06-Nov-2015 -Sibelius Symphonies from Okko Kamu and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra
30-Oct-2015 -Mark Elder conducts Gounod's La Colombe
23-Oct-2015 -Alina Ibragimova plays violin concertos by Bach
16-Oct-2015 -Igor Levit plays music by Bach, Beethoven, and Rzewski
09-Oct-2015 -Simon Rattle conducts Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri
02-Oct-2015 -Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi's Aida with Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann
25-Sep-2015 -Andrew Davis conducts music by Arthur Bliss
18-Sep-2015 -Robin Ticciati conducts Haydn Symphonies
11-Sep-2015 -Jonas Kaufmann sings Puccini
04-Sep-2015 -Mark Elder conducts Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony
28-Aug-2015 -Stunning recital disc from soprano Greta Bradman
21-Aug-2015 -Krystian Zimerman and Simon Rattle perform music by Lutosławski
14-Aug-2015 -Michael Tilson Thomas conducts a new piece by John Adams
07-Aug-2015 -Alexander Melnikov performs Schumann's Piano Concerto
31-Jul-2015 -Andris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony
27-Jul-2015 -Howard Shelley performs works for piano and orchestra by Henri Herz
20-Jul-2015 -Martha Argerich's Carte Blanche
13-Jul-2015 -Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail
06-Jul-2015 -American choral works from Stephen Layton and Polyphony
29-Jun-2015 -Markus Stenz conducts Schoenberg's Gurrelieder
22-Jun-2015 -Christiane Karg sings concert arias by Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Mozart
15-Jun-2015 -Marek Janowski conducts Strauss's Symphonia Domestica
08-Jun-2015 -Nielsen Concertos with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic
01-Jun-2015 -Claudio Abbado conducts Schubert's "Great" C Major Symphony
25-May-2015 -Max Cencic and Franco Fagioli sing Leonardo Vinci's Catone in Utica
18-May-2015 -Mahler from Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra
11-May-2015 -Shostakovich Cantatas from Paavo Järvi and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
04-May-2015 -Mark Elder conducts Donizetti's Les Martyrs
27-Apr-2015 -James Ehnes performs works for violin and viola by Franck, Strauss, and Berlioz
20-Apr-2015 -An Operatic Trip to Paris with Sonya Yoncheva
13-Apr-2015 -Smetana from the Pavel Haas Quartet
06-Apr-2015 -Passion settings by James MacMillan and JS Bach
30-Mar-2015 -Shostakovich from the Takács Quartet and Marc-André Hamelin
23-Mar-2015 -Isabelle Faust plays Schumann's Violin Concerto
16-Mar-2015 -Music from principal woodwind players of the Berlin Philharmonic
09-Mar-2015 -Violin music by Bach and Vivaldi from Gil Shaham and Rachel Podger
02-Mar-2015 -Russian Cello and Piano Concertos from Steven Isserlis and Kirill Gerstein
23-Feb-2015 -French Opera Arias from Bryan Hymel and Piotr Beczala
16-Feb-2015 -Schnittke from Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
09-Feb-2015 -Zemlinsky String Quartets from the Brodsky Quartet
02-Feb-2015 -Brahms Serenades from Riccardo Chailly
26-Jan-2015 -Andrew Davis conducts Elgar's King Olaf
19-Jan-2015 -Grigory Sokolov performs Mozart and Chopin
12-Jan-2015 -Anna Netrebko sings Tchaikovsky's Iolanta
05-Jan-2015 -Andris Nelsons conducts Sibelius and Wagner
29-Dec-2014 -2014 in review and looking ahead to 2015
22-Dec-2014 -Presto Personal Favourites from 2014
15-Dec-2014 -Iván Fischer conducts Brahms
08-Dec-2014 -Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Handel's Messiah
01-Dec-2014 -Music for Christmas
24-Nov-2014 -Anna Netrebko sings Strauss's Four Last Songs
17-Nov-2014 -Maurizio Pollini completes his cycle of Beethoven Piano Sonatas
10-Nov-2014 -Jos van Immerseel conducts Carmina Burana
03-Nov-2014 -World premiere recording of Hasse's opera, Siroe Re di Persia
27-Oct-2014 -Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim perform piano duos
20-Oct-2014 -John Eliot Gardiner conducts Mendelssohn and Schumann
13-Oct-2014 -Cecilia Bartoli sings music from 18th-century Russia
06-Oct-2014 -Cole Porter in Hollywood
29-Sep-2014 -Edward Gardner conducts orchestral music by Janáček
22-Sep-2014 -Vasily Petrenko completes his cycle of Shostakovich symphonies
15-Sep-2014 -Jonas Kaufmann sings popular German music from the 1920s and 30s
08-Sep-2014 -Alison Balsom performs trumpet music inspired by Paris
01-Sep-2014 -Andrew Davis conducts orchestral works by Bax
25-Aug-2014 -Joyce DiDonato sings bel canto arias
18-Aug-2014 -Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays Book One of JS Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier
11-Aug-2014 -Benjamin Grosvenor - Dances
04-Aug-2014 -Russian Orchestral Music from the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic
28-Jul-2014 -Music to commemorate the First World War
21-Jul-2014 -Dussek Piano Concertos and Romantic Violin Concertos on Hyperion
14-Jul-2014 -Prokofiev Violin Sonatas from Alina Ibragimova and Steven Osborne
07-Jul-2014 -Bruckner Symphonies from Claudio Abbado and Iván Fischer
30-Jun-2014 -Colin Davis conducts the LSO in Haydn Symphonies
23-Jun-2014 -Vladimir Jurowski conducts music by Zemlinsky
16-Jun-2014 -Sakari Oramo conducts symphonies by Per Nørgård
09-Jun-2014 -Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Bernstein's West Side Story
02-Jun-2014 -Verdi's Giovanna d'Arco with Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo
26-May-2014 -Violin Concertos by Stanford and Milford
19-May-2014 -Sir Simon Rattle conducts Schumann
12-May-2014 -Paul Lewis plays Schubert Piano Sonatas
05-May-2014 -Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello sing Love Duets
28-Apr-2014 -Shostakovich Cello Concertos from Truls Mørk
21-Apr-2014 -Walton from Edward Gardner and Tasmin Little
14-Apr-2014 -Berlin Comedian Harmonists
07-Apr-2014 -Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex from the LSO
31-Mar-2014 -Jack Liebeck plays violin music by Kreisler
24-Mar-2014 -Pablo Heras-Casado conducts Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2
17-Mar-2014 -Decca Most Wanted Recitals
10-Mar-2014 -Gustavo Dudamel conducts a new oratorio by John Adams
03-Mar-2014 -Gil Shaham plays Violin Concertos from the 1930s
24-Feb-2014 -Miloš plays guitar works by Rodrigo and de Falla
17-Feb-2014 -Jonas Kaufmann sings Wagner’s Parsifal
10-Feb-2014 -CPE Bach Magnificat
03-Feb-2014 -New Year's Concert 2014
27-Jan-2014 -20th-Century Wind Quintets from Les Vents Français
20-Jan-2014 -Claudio Abbado, 1933-2014
13-Jan-2014 -Russian Choral Music from Tenebrae
06-Jan-2014 -Beethoven Cello Sonatas from Isserlis and Levin
30-Dec-2013 -2013 Goodbyes and Looking Ahead to 2014
23-Dec-2013 -Presto Personal Favourites from 2013
16-Dec-2013 -The Tallis Scholars sing John Taverner's Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas
09-Dec-2013 -Christmas Carols from Bob Chilcott and others
02-Dec-2013 -Christmas Oratorios from Bach, Berlioz, and Britten
25-Nov-2013 -Poulenc from Patricia Petibon and Paavo Järvi
18-Nov-2013 -Sir John Tavener, 1944-2013
11-Nov-2013 -Bach Cantatas from Masaaki Suzuki
04-Nov-2013 -Works for Pedal Piano by Gounod
28-Oct-2013 -Westminster boxes
21-Oct-2013 -Sir Simon Rattle conducts Mozart's The Magic Flute
14-Oct-2013 -Brahms Symphonies from Chailly and Gergiev
07-Oct-2013 -Berlioz's Les Troyens from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
30-Sep-2013 -Steven Isserlis plays Dvořák's Cello Concerto
23-Sep-2013 -Gramophone Awards 2013 Disc of the Year: Violin Concertos by Bartók, Eötvös & Ligeti
16-Sep-2013 -New Verdi releases from Jonas Kaufmann and others
09-Sep-2013 -Arias for countertenor/male soprano from Fagioli, Hansen, and Jaroussky
02-Sep-2013 -Piers Lane Goes To Town: Piano encores and lollipops
26-Aug-2013 -Rachmaninov from Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker
19-Aug-2013 -Dame Janet Baker celebrates her eightieth birthday
12-Aug-2013 -Verdi arias from Anna Netrebko
05-Aug-2013 -Schubert works for violin and piano from Ibragimova and Tiberghien
29-Jul-2013 -Tudor Church Music from Stile Antico
22-Jul-2013 -Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration Concert
15-Jul-2013 -Isabelle Faust performs Bartók Violin Concertos
08-Jul-2013 -Handel Chandos Anthems from Stephen Layton and the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
01-Jul-2013 -Claudio Abbado conducts Schumann's Second Symphony
24-Jun-2013 -Wagner from Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra
17-Jun-2013 -The Complete Works of Pierre Boulez on Deutsche Grammophon
10-Jun-2013 -Neeme Järvi conducts Richard Strauss’s ballet, Josephslegende
03-Jun-2013 -Valery Gergiev and the LSO begin a cycle of Szymanowski symphonies
27-May-2013 -100th anniversary of the première of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring
20-May-2013 -Cecilia Bartoli sings Bellini’s Norma
13-May-2013 -Martha Argerich and Friends Live from Lugano
06-May-2013 -Weber's Der Freischütz from Sir Colin Davis and the LSO
29-Apr-2013 -Ian Bostridge sings Britten songs
22-Apr-2013 -Pappano conducts Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle
15-Apr-2013 -Sir Colin Davis, 1927-2013
08-Apr-2013 -Bach Cantatas from Sir John Eliot Gardiner
01-Apr-2013 -Julia Lezhneva: Alleluia
25-Mar-2013 -Moeran Cello Concerto from Guy Johnston
18-Mar-2013 -Salonen conducts Lutosławski Symphonies
11-Mar-2013 -Mahler and Berg from Boulez
04-Mar-2013 -Gesualdo - Sacred and Secular
25-Feb-2013 -Vaughan Williams from the Hallé and Mark Elder
18-Feb-2013 -JS Bach: St John Passion from Polyphony and Layton
11-Feb-2013 -Wagner from Jonas Kaufmann and others
04-Feb-2013 -Elgar & Carter from Alisa Weilerstein
28-Jan-2013 -I was glad: Sacred Music by Stanford & Parry
21-Jan-2013 -Steven Osborne plays Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition
14-Jan-2013 -Little Britten
07-Jan-2013 -Mendelssohn from the Quatuor Ebène
31-Dec-2012 -2012 Goodbyes and Discs of the Year
24-Dec-2012 -Looking ahead to 2013 - Verdi, Britten and Wagner
17-Dec-2012 -Wispelwey and Schiff re-visit Bach
10-Dec-2012 -Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty from Neeme Järvi
03-Dec-2012 -Christmas roundup
26-Nov-2012 -Alexandre Tharaud: Le Boeuf sur le toit
19-Nov-2012 -Belcea Quartet launch their Beethoven cycle
12-Nov-2012 -Rare baroque vocal delights
05-Nov-2012 -Elgar and the First World War
29-Oct-2012 -Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies
22-Oct-2012 -George Hurst
15-Oct-2012 -Mission: Cecilia Bartoli
08-Oct-2012 -Alison Balsom: Sound The Trumpet
01-Oct-2012 -Vox Luminis’s Schütz disc wins Gramophone Record of the Year
24-Sep-2012 -Glenn Gould
17-Sep-2012 -Tchaikovsky’s Early Symphonies
10-Sep-2012 -Mozart’s Don Giovanni
03-Sep-2012 -Stephen Hough's French Album
27-Aug-2012 -Mendelssohn's Elijah from McCreesh
20-Aug-2012 -Carmen from Berlin with Kaufmann and Kožená
13-Aug-2012 -Mahler Symphony No. 1 from Iván Fischer
06-Aug-2012 -Rhapsody in Blue – Grosvenor and Kempf
30-Jul-2012 -Hans Rott’s First Symphony
23-Jul-2012 -L’Olimpiade: The Opera
16-Jul-2012 -Holst and Delius on Naxos
09-Jul-2012 -Richard Strauss round-up
02-Jul-2012 -New Shostakovich discovery - Orango
25-Jun-2012 -Vivaldi from Rachel Podger
18-Jun-2012 -Two terrific Italian Renaissance reconstructions
11-Jun-2012 -Shostakovich Symphonies from Petrenko and the RLPO
04-Jun-2012 -Bach's St Matthew Passion
28-May-2012 -Bruckner Symphonies from Rattle and Barenboim
21-May-2012 -Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
14-May-2012 -Handel in England
07-May-2012 -Britten: War Requiem
30-Apr-2012 -Hamilton Harty’s Chamber Music
23-Apr-2012 -Kathleen Ferrier
16-Apr-2012 -Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique from Ticciati and the SCO
09-Apr-2012 -New and forthcoming Opera DVDs
02-Apr-2012 -Claude Debussy
26-Mar-2012 -Wagner - Klaus Florian Vogt and a new Parsifal
19-Mar-2012 -Haydn from Thomas Fey and the Heidelberger Sinfoniker
12-Mar-2012 -Jules Massenet - Werther & Don Quichotte
05-Mar-2012 -Brahms choral discs from Gardiner and Herreweghe
27-Feb-2012 -Vivaldi: Sacred vocal works and concertos
20-Feb-2012 -Aleksandra Kurzak and Renée Fleming
13-Feb-2012 -Schoenberg and Berg
06-Feb-2012 -Alison Balsom
30-Jan-2012 -Britten Violin Concerto
23-Jan-2012 -Beethoven Symphonies from Thielemann and Chailly
16-Jan-2012 -New Year’s Concert from Vienna
09-Jan-2012 -Mariusz Kwiecień
02-Jan-2012 -Fritz Kreisler
26-Dec-2011 -The year ahead and our latest new development
19-Dec-2011 -Two legendary performances
12-Dec-2011 -Maurizio Pollini plays Chopin
05-Dec-2011 -Christmas roundup
28-Nov-2011 -Havergal Brian’s Gothic Symphony
21-Nov-2011 -Duetti da Camera: Philippe Jaroussky & Max Emanuel Cencic
14-Nov-2011 -Bruckner and Mahler from Haitink and Pappano
07-Nov-2011 -Haydn from the Takács Quartet
31-Oct-2011 -Sublime Schubert from Paul Lewis
24-Oct-2011 -Franz Liszt
17-Oct-2011 -The Decca Sound
10-Oct-2011 -Pavel Haas Quartet the big winners at the Gramophone Awards
03-Oct-2011 -Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts from Paul McCreesh
26-Sep-2011 -Handel – Agrippina & Germanico
19-Sep-2011 -Wagner’s Flying Dutchman starts PentaTone’s 10th anniversary celebrations
12-Sep-2011 -Schubert's Schwanengesang from Padmore and Lewis
05-Sep-2011 -Gergiev and the LSO conclude their Mahler cycle
29-Aug-2011 -BIS - Maxim Rysanov, Sibelius and a special offer
22-Aug-2011 -Sublime Ravel from Ibragimova and Tiberghien
15-Aug-2011 -Gustavo Dudamel
08-Aug-2011 -Brahms/Schoenberg from Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker
01-Aug-2011 -Lucia from the Mariinsky
25-Jul-2011 -Bayreuther Festspiele
18-Jul-2011 -Benjamin Grosvenor
11-Jul-2011 -Rossini’s William Tell
04-Jul-2011 -Bach Motets from Herreweghe
27-Jun-2011 -Sublime Vivaldi from Nathalie Stutzmann
20-Jun-2011 -Beethoven’s Fidelio from Abbado and Kaufmann
13-Jun-2011 -Byrd’s Complete Consort Music
06-Jun-2011 -Vaughan Williams’s The Garden of Proserpine
30-May-2011 -Beethoven's Diabelli Variations from Paul Lewis
23-May-2011 -New DVDs from Glyndebourne
16-May-2011 -Martha Argerich
09-May-2011 -Handel's Ariodante
02-May-2011 -Daniel Barenboim plays Chopin and conducts Tchaikovsky
25-Apr-2011 -Fliter and Ibragimova excel in Beethoven
18-Apr-2011 -Julia Lezhneva sings Rossini
11-Apr-2011 -Lully’s Bellérophon
04-Apr-2011 -Mining the archives
28-Mar-2011 -Rachmaninov's Second Symphony
21-Mar-2011 -Suk's Asrael Symphony
14-Mar-2011 -Pergolesi's Stabat Mater
07-Mar-2011 -Striggio: Mass in 40 Parts
28-Feb-2011 -Tomás Luis de Victoria
21-Feb-2011 -Lisa Batiashvili - Echoes of Time
14-Feb-2011 -Kate Royal: A Lesson in Love
07-Feb-2011 -Simon Rattle's new Mahler 2
31-Jan-2011 -Percy Grainger
24-Jan-2011 -Arne: Artaxerxes
17-Jan-2011 -Handel and Strauss from Dessay and Damrau
10-Jan-2011 -Nielsen Symphonies from Colin Davis and the LSO
03-Jan-2011 -The Genius of Mozart
27-Dec-2010 -The year ahead
20-Dec-2010 -Sheet Music now online, and other recent developments
13-Dec-2010 -Robert Schumann
06-Dec-2010 -Vivaldi Operas - Ottone in Villa and Ercole
29-Nov-2010 -Christmas Releases
22-Nov-2010 -Bach Cantatas - the Gardiner pilgrimage
15-Nov-2010 -Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
08-Nov-2010 -Schubert: Piano Duets
01-Nov-2010 -Verdi's Otello from the LSO and Colin Davis
25-Oct-2010 -The Three Baroque Tenors
18-Oct-2010 -Dame Joan Sutherland
11-Oct-2010 -Bach's Violin Concertos from Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque
04-Oct-2010 -Gramophone Awards announced last Friday
27-Sep-2010 -Jonas Kaufmann: Verismo Arias
20-Sep-2010 -Wagner's Parsifal from the Mariinsky and Gergiev
13-Sep-2010 -Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte from René Jacobs
06-Sep-2010 -Puccini's forgotten masterpiece - La Rondine
30-Aug-2010 -Santiago a cappella
23-Aug-2010 -Elīna Garanča goes Spanish
16-Aug-2010 -Rued Langgaard - Music of the Spheres
09-Aug-2010 -Gramophone Awards - The Finalists
02-Aug-2010 -50 Years of the Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg
26-Jul-2010 -Gustav Mahler
19-Jul-2010 -Sir Charles Mackerras
12-Jul-2010 -Beethoven - Paul Lewis and the BBC Proms
05-Jul-2010 -A Russian Sibelius cycle
28-Jun-2010 -Ronald Brautigam's Beethoven
21-Jun-2010 -Carlos Kleiber
14-Jun-2010 -Handel's Berenice
07-Jun-2010 -Channel Classics
31-May-2010 -Alfredo Casella
24-May-2010 -Shostakovich Preludes & Fugues from Melnikov
17-May-2010 -The multi-talented Julia Fischer
10-May-2010 -Nimbus
03-May-2010 -Leonard Bernstein's Omnibus Broadcasts
26-Apr-2010 -Frédéric Chopin
19-Apr-2010 -Wagner Lohengrin - BBC Awards
12-Apr-2010 -Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique
05-Apr-2010 -Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia and Joyce DiDonato
29-Mar-2010 -Romantic Piano Concertos
22-Mar-2010 -Robin Ticciati and Brahms' Choral Works
15-Mar-2010 -Mozart Symphonies from Mackerras - Volume 2
08-Mar-2010 -Bernard Coutaz and Harmonia Mundi
01-Mar-2010 -Thomas Adès
22-Feb-2010 -Strauss: Alpine Symphony
15-Feb-2010 -Handel: Giulio Cesare and the Brockes Passion
08-Feb-2010 -Debussy and the Prix de Rome
01-Feb-2010 -Testament
25-Jan-2010 -BBC Music Magazine Awards Shortlist
18-Jan-2010 -Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet
11-Jan-2010 -Bach for Violin and Voice
04-Jan-2010 -A Ring cycle for the 21st Century
28-Dec-2009 -Anniversaries - 2009 and 2010
21-Dec-2009 -Richard Farrell
14-Dec-2009 -Thomas Tallis's Secret Garden
07-Dec-2009 -El Sistema
30-Nov-2009 -Christmas Releases
23-Nov-2009 -Kirsten Flagstad
16-Nov-2009 -Nikolaus Harnoncourt
09-Nov-2009 -Two important Elgar rarities
02-Nov-2009 -Felix Mendelssohn
26-Oct-2009 -Cecilia Bartoli and the world of Castratos
19-Oct-2009 -Winterreise from Padmore and Lewis
12-Oct-2009 -Tchaikovsky's Moscow Cantata
05-Oct-2009 -The Quatuor Ebène and the Gramophone Awards
28-Sep-2009 -Unknown Britten
21-Sep-2009 -Australian Eloquence
14-Sep-2009 -Julia Fischer plays Schubert
07-Sep-2009 -Bach Cantata bargain of the year
31-Aug-2009 -Rattle conducts Brahms
24-Aug-2009 -Bruckner from the Concertgebouw
17-Aug-2009 -Gramophone Awards 2009 - Finalists
10-Aug-2009 -Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle
03-Aug-2009 -The Vivaldi Edition
27-Jul-2009 -Diaghilev and The Ballets Russes
20-Jul-2009 -Sir Edward Downes
13-Jul-2009 -Brilliant Classics
06-Jul-2009 -Tomás Luis de Victoria
29-Jun-2009 -Britten's homage to Purcell
22-Jun-2009 -The Three Tenors
15-Jun-2009 -Penguin Rosettes and Building a Library
08-Jun-2009 -Masterclasses
01-Jun-2009 -Gergiev at the Mariinsky
25-May-2009 -Two recent re-discoveries light up Martinu year
18-May-2009 -Idomeneo from René Jacobs
11-May-2009 -A&R and Kate Royal's Midsummer Night
04-May-2009 -Chandos Records - 30 years young
27-Apr-2009 -Rachmaninov Preludes
20-Apr-2009 -20 Years of NMC
13-Apr-2009 -BBC Music Magazine Awards
06-Apr-2009 -Shostakovich 11 from the RLPO
30-Mar-2009 -BIS and the Sibelius Edition
23-Mar-2009 -Haydn - 'The Father of the Symphony'
16-Mar-2009 -George Frederic Handel
09-Mar-2009 -Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
02-Mar-2009 -Angela Gheorghiu in Puccini's Madama Butterfly
23-Feb-2009 -The world's most celebrated violins
16-Feb-2009 -Copyright to be extended
09-Feb-2009 -A feast of Early Music
02-Feb-2009 -Sarah Connolly gets Purcell year off to a flier
26-Jan-2009 -Monteverdi as you've never heard it before!
19-Jan-2009 -Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin put Platti firmly on the map
12-Jan-2009 -Hamelin proves his real class with Chopin
05-Jan-2009 -Lindsays lead the bargains
29-Dec-2008 -Jerusalem - in search of peace
22-Dec-2008 -Looking ahead - Handel, Haydn and more
15-Dec-2008 -2008 - A great year for DVDs
08-Dec-2008 -Top new Christmas recommendations
01-Dec-2008 -Richard Hickox
24-Nov-2008 -The World's Great Orchestras, and Euros and US Dollars now accepted
17-Nov-2008 -Lost manuscripts continue to be found
10-Nov-2008 -Haydn's String Quartets
03-Nov-2008 -Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony
27-Oct-2008 -Contemporary Music
20-Oct-2008 -Sir Peter Moores
13-Oct-2008 -Vivaldi in a new light
06-Oct-2008 -Americans in Pyongyang
29-Sep-2008 -Paul Lewis and the Gramophone Awards 2008
22-Sep-2008 -Songs her mother taught her
15-Sep-2008 -Vernon Handley
08-Sep-2008 -Zig Zag and the Atrium Quartet
01-Sep-2008 -Gramophone Awards nominations
25-Aug-2008 -Beautiful Messiah and Exquisite Morales
18-Aug-2008 -Great Pianists of the Past
11-Aug-2008 -Classical Television Broadcasts on the Internet
04-Aug-2008 -Chloë Hanslip and the unfamiliar
28-Jul-2008 -Leopold Godowsky and the virtuoso pianist
21-Jul-2008 -Linn Records
14-Jul-2008 -Vaughan Williams
07-Jul-2008 -Olivier Messiaen
30-Jun-2008 -Reginald Goodall's revelatory 'Mastersingers'
23-Jun-2008 -The French Baroque - 200 Years of Versailles
16-Jun-2008 -Bach Fugues from Onyx and the Emersons
09-Jun-2008 -New DVD page and Special Offer
02-Jun-2008 -Time to re-evaluate Miaskovsky
26-May-2008 -Superb Scholl sings Dowland and his circle
19-May-2008 -Fiesta! - Dudamel and the Venezuelans
12-May-2008 -The Guarneri Piano Trio and the label Praga
05-May-2008 -A La Bohème for all
28-Apr-2008 -Beethoven and Period Instruments
21-Apr-2008 -The Jerusalem Quartet
14-Apr-2008 -Nigel Kennedy
07-Apr-2008 -Paul Lewis's Beethoven
31-Mar-2008 -Ingrid Fliter
24-Mar-2008 -Mel Bonis
17-Mar-2008 -Stunning new Haydn Creation from Paul McCreesh
10-Mar-2008 -Hilary Hahn plays Schoenberg and Sibelius
03-Mar-2008 -Rattle and Gergiev on Mahler
25-Feb-2008 -Handel Organ Concertos
18-Feb-2008 -Late Mozart Symphonies
11-Feb-2008 -Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project
04-Feb-2008 -Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel
28-Jan-2008 -Undeservedly neglected music - John Marsh and Juan de Araujo
21-Jan-2008 -New Bach Cantatas page
14-Jan-2008 -Composers' Own Recordings
07-Jan-2008 -Francis Xavier and Jordi Savall
31-Dec-2007 -50 Years of Harmonia Mundi
24-Dec-2007 -Last thoughts on 2007, first on 2008
17-Dec-2007 -Discs of the Year
10-Dec-2007 -Stockhausen
03-Dec-2007 -25 Years of the Compact Disc
26-Nov-2007 -Pacini and the importance of first performances
19-Nov-2007 -Christmas music worth hearing
12-Nov-2007 -The forgotten Maria
05-Nov-2007 -Why composers marked repeats
29-Oct-2007 -Bach B minor Mass from Suzuki
22-Oct-2007 -New Mahler 8 from Pierre Boulez
15-Oct-2007 -Lucerne Festival Orchestra
08-Oct-2007 -Julia Fischer and the Gramophone Awards
01-Oct-2007 -Mozart - Don Giovanni from René Jacobs
24-Sep-2007 -Natalie Clein and the Elgar Cello Concerto
17-Sep-2007 -Joshua Bell
10-Sep-2007 -Luciano Pavarotti
03-Sep-2007 -Kate Royal
27-Aug-2007 -Gramophone Awards - finalists revealed
20-Aug-2007 -Exciting new baroque rediscovery - Conti's David
13-Aug-2007 -Venezuelan Youth Orchestra the envy of the world
06-Aug-2007 -Music's Best-kept Secrets
30-Jul-2007 -Haydn - the most underrated great composer
23-Jul-2007 -Beethoven Piano Sonatas
16-Jul-2007 -BBC Proms 2007
09-Jul-2007 -Elin Manahan Thomas
02-Jul-2007 -Open minds and superb Bernarda Fink
25-Jun-2007 -Excited by another batch of re-issues?
18-Jun-2007 -Composer Works lists now published
11-Jun-2007 -Padmore and Bostridge sing Handel
04-Jun-2007 -Elgar's Enigma Variations
28-May-2007 -Still suffering some seventy years on?
21-May-2007 -Buying Opera on CD or DVD
14-May-2007 -Debussy's new champion
07-May-2007 -Schütz's Legacy
30-Apr-2007 -Mstislav Rostropovich
23-Apr-2007 -Missed Opportunities
16-Apr-2007 -BBC Music Magazine Awards
09-Apr-2007 -The way we listen
02-Apr-2007 -Too much Mozart?
26-Mar-2007 -Harpsichord or Piano?
19-Mar-2007 -Strauss's Four Last Songs
12-Mar-2007 -The importance of government support
05-Mar-2007 -Do today's musicians all sound the same?

Copyright © 2002-17 Presto Classical Limited, all rights reserved.