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 Presto Editor's Choices, Presto Editor's Choices - April 2018

Sandrine Piau and Nicholas Phan shine in evocative recitals featuring Verlaine settings, a recent Gounod discovery showcases one of the most promising young tenors around, and the Silesian Quartet continue to fly the flag for Grażyna Bacewicz.

Katherine Cooper

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - April 2018

Includes new releases from Denis Kozhukhin, Andreas Haefliger and Paul Lewis, a long-forgotten Norwegian violin concerto from Eldbjørg Hemsing, and reissues of Bernstein conducting Liszt, Barber and Hindemith.

David Smith

 Recording of the Week, Ravel from François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles

The conductor and his period-instrument orchestra conjure a world of enchantments in two scores inspired by fairy-tales: Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) and the early Shéhérazade overture.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 27th April 2018

Mahler from Osmo Vänskä and his Minnesota orchestra, the world premiere recording of a recently-rediscovered sacred work by Gounod, and late Schubert from Marc-André Hamelin.

Chris O'Reilly

 Obituary, Huguette Tourangeau (1938-2018)

The French-Canadian mezzo, particularly noted for her collaborations with Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge in French and Italian bel canto repertoire, has died aged 79.

Katherine Cooper

 Presto CD, Presto CD - 85 new Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Sony and RCA titles

Highlights from the latest batch of Presto CDs include recordings by Andreas Staier, René Jacobs, Bruno Walter and Emanuel Ax.

Chris O'Reilly

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - May 2018 Choices

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from Murray Perahia, Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien, and Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Ian Page on Mozart in London

The conductor talks to Katherine about his new recording exploring the music which the young composer is likely to have encountered on his visit to the city in the mid-1760s.

Katherine Cooper

 Interview, Rachel Podger on The Four Seasons

The violinist, whose previous recordings of Vivaldi have won widespread critical acclaim, talks to Katherine about taking on the 'Red Priest''s most popular work.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester perform Bruckner

James enjoys magnificently sonorous performances of two symphonies by Anton Bruckner.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 20th April 2018

Shostakovich from Piotr Anderszewski and the Belcea Quartet, song recitals from Sandrine Piau and Nicholas Phan, Ravel and Gershwin from Denis Kozhukhin, and the complete symphonies of Arvo Pärt.

Chris O'Reilly

 Announcement, BBC Proms 2018 - Our Top Related Recordings

Katherine picks out some highlights from this year's season (announced this morning) and recommends related recordings.

Katherine Cooper

 Interview, Edward Gardner on Walton

The conductor talks to David about the latest instalment in his series of Walton recordings on Chandos - featuring James Ehnes setting aside his violin in favour of the viola for Walton's Viola Concerto.

David Smith

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - April 2018

Collections from artists including Leonard Bernstein, Monique Haas, Charles Munch and Pierre Monteux, plus a comprehensive new WF Bach anthology on Brilliant Classics.

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Vivaldi's Four Seasons from Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque

The British violinist breathes new life into the most popular of baroque violin concerti with these vivid one-per-part accounts which exude wit and affection.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 13th April 2018

Bacewicz from the Silesian Quartet, Schubert from Roderick Williams, Bartók from Christian Tetzlaff and Hannu Lintu, and vintage Beethoven from the Budapest Quartet.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Masaaki Suzuki on Beethoven's Missa solemnis

The Japanese conductor and early-music expert talks to David about his recent recording of Beethoven's mighty Missa Solemnis with the Bach Collegium Japan.

David Smith

 Interview, Hugo Ticciati on White Light

The violinist talks to Katherine about the genesis of his ensemble O/Modernt and their debut recording, featuring music from Arvo Pärt to the Beatles.

Katherine Cooper

 Awards, International Opera Awards 2018 - The Winners!

The results of last night's ceremony at the London Coliseum.

Katherine Cooper

 Interview, Introducing Thomas Ebenstein

The Austrian tenor talks to Katherine about his debut recording of Korngold, Schoenberg, Zemlinsky and Strauss, out now on Capriccio.

Katherine Cooper