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 Recording of the Week Dvořák Quintets from the Pavel Haas Quartet, with Boris Giltburg and Pavel Nikl

James enjoys a much-anticipated new release from the Pavel Haas Quartet (and two formidable guest players): stunning performances of Dvořák's Piano Quintet op. 81 and the String Quintet op. 97.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up New Release Round-up - 20th October 2017

Including new albums from Marianne Crebassa, James Ehnes, Angela Gheorghiu and others.

Katherine Cooper

 Interview Noa Wildschut on Mozart

Rising star Noa Wildschut - a protégée of Anne-Sophie Mutter - talks to David about her debut disc, an all-Mozart programme with pianist Yoram Ish-Hurwitz and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra under Gordan Nikolić.

David Smith

 Hi-Res Highlights Hi-Res Highlights - October 2017

David introduces the latest in our series of monthly roundups, picking out the very best new albums available in Hi-Res as well as remastered historical recordings.

David Smith

 Announcement Welcome to the new Presto Classical website

We are excited to welcome you to the new-look Presto Classical website! Chris gives us a quick tour of the updated layout, and highlights some of our great new features.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview Marina Rebeka on Amor fatale

The Latvian soprano, who opens as Norma at the Metropolitan Opera tonight, talks to Katherine about her new album of arias from Rossini's tragic operas.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Simon Rattle conducts Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande

Katherine enjoys a live account of Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande from Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, with Magdalena Kožená and Christian Gerhaher in the title roles.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up New Release Round-up - 13th October 2017

Including two persuasive cases for Mozart's early works, plus new recordings from John Eliot Gardiner, Lars Vogt, and Vasily Petrenko.

Katherine Cooper

 Interview Lost is my Quiet

Katherine talks to Carolyn Sampson, Iestyn Davies and Joseph Middleton about their new album of duets by Purcell/Britten, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Quilter.

Katherine Cooper

 Gramophone Choices Gramophone Editor's Choices, October 2017

Chris introduces this month's selection, headed by some sublime Schubert that recently featured as our own Recording of the Week.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview Xavier Sabata on Catharsis

Ahead of his Wigmore Hall debut tonight, the countertenor talks to Katherine about his career and the inspirations behind this evening's programme (which was released on Aparté earlier this year).

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week Daniil Trifonov performs piano works by Chopin and others

Katherine enjoys Trifonov's latest album, exploring Chopin's music, influence and legacy, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up New Release Round-up - 6th October 2017

Including new albums from Juan Diego Flórez, Philippe Jaroussky, the Gabrieli Consort, and George Li.

Katherine Cooper

 BBC Music Magazine Choices BBC Music Magazine - November Choices

Chris introduces this month's Choices, headed by a splendid recording of two Dvořák quintets from the Pavel Haas Quartet and two distinguished guests.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview George Li – Live at the Mariinsky

David talks to the Chinese-American pianist about his debut recording on Warner Classics, featuring Chopin, Haydn, Liszt and Rachmaninov.

David Smith

 Interview Ned Bigham on Staffa

The composer shares his thoughts on his new album of orchestral works, inspired by four very different islands.

Chris O'Reilly

 Presto Editor's Choices Presto Editor's Choices - September 2017

Sibelius piano works, an operatic homage to Cleopatra, and consort music by Christopher Tye are firm fixtures on Katherine's playlist this month.

Katherine Cooper

 Hi-Res Highlights Hi-Res Highlights - September 2017

David introduces the latest in our series of monthly roundups, picking out the very best Hi-Res recordings of performances both new and old.

David Smith

 Recording of the Week Andrew Davis concludes Chandos's cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies

James listens to the final instalment in a cycle begun by the great Richard Hickox - Vaughan Williams' evocative Sinfonia Antartica, with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up New Release Round-up - 29th September 2017

Including Dvořák from the Takács Quartet, duets from Carolyn Sampson and Iestyn Davies and a new recording of Peter and the Wolf with Alexander Armstrong.

James Longstaffe