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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - May 2018

Our 25 best-selling titles across all formats for May, with Keith Warner's 2017 Covent Garden production of Otello (starring Jonas Kaufmann in the title-role) in the lead...

Chris O'Reilly

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

Britten and Pears from the BBC archives, a atmospheric Roussel triptych from the BBC Philharmonic and Yan Pascal Tortelier, and a fascinating pairing of two Finnish violin concertos.

Katherine Cooper

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - May 2018

Includes new releases from Ádám Fischer, Nigel Kennedy, the Latvian Radio Choir, and Federico Colli - plus reissues of classic recordings from Claudio Abbado, Leonard Rose and Herbert von Karajan.

David Smith

 Interview, Paweł Łukaszewski on Daylight Declines

The eminent Polish composer talks to David about Tenebrae's forthcoming album featuring a selection of his sacred choral compositions.

David Smith

 Recording of the Week, Philippe Jaroussky sings Gluck's Orfeo

The French countertenor placates the Furies with singing of celestial purity on this world premiere recording of the 1774 Neapolitan version of Gluck's most popular opera.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 25th May 2018

New recordings from artists including Jakub Hrůša, Jean-Guihen Queyras, and Jacques Imbrailo & Alasdair Hogarth, plus a ravishing Rameau rarity from György Vashegyi.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Pierre-Laurent Aimard on Messiaen's birds

The French pianist talks to Katherine about his relationship with Catalogue d'oiseaux, which he recently recorded for Pentatone.

Katherine Cooper

 Coming Soon, Brett Dean's Hamlet and other forthcoming highlights

The world premiere of the Australian composer’s spellbinding new Shakespearian opera, filmed at Glyndebourne last summer with Allan Clayton in the title-role, plus new releases from Joshua Bell, Steven Osborne and Cuarteto Casals.

Chris O'Reilly

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - June 2018

Three delightful early nineteenth-century clarinet concertos (directed by the soloist) are top of the pile this month, with other featured artists including Trio Wanderer, Alfred Brendel, and Marc-André Hamelin.

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, String Quartets by Debussy and Ravel from the Jerusalem Quartet

The Jerusalem Quartet offer masterfully controlled and impressively dynamic accounts of the String Quartets by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 18th May 2018

Schubert from Isabelle Faust and friends, Wolf-Ferrari from Vasily Petrenko, and Vaughan Williams from The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge.

Chris O'Reilly

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - June 2018 Choices

Chris introduces this month's selection, including albums from Rachel Podger, the Gabrieli Consort, Fretwork, and Stéphane Degout and Pygmalion.

Chris O'Reilly

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - May 2018

A centenary celebration of Birgit Nilsson, two sixtieth-birthday collections from Harmonia Mundi, a budget box of Massenet operas, and an anthology of early performances of Debussy.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Eldbjørg Hemsing on Borgström's Violin Concerto

The Norwegian violinist talks to Katherine about recording a little-known work by her compatriot Hjalmar Borgström (1864-1925), a music-critic and part-time composer whose influences included Busoni and Wagner.

Katherine Cooper

 Recording of the Week, Otello from the Royal Opera House, starring Jonas Kaufmann

The German tenor sings his first 'Lion of Venice' in Keith Warner's 2017 production, opposite Marco Vratogna and Maria Agresta.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-Up - 11th May 2018

New recordings from artists including Ádám Fischer, Sophie Pacini, Boris Giltburg, and Fabio Bonizzoni.

Chris O'Reilly

 Coming Soon, Francesco Piemontesi's Liszt and other forthcoming highlights

The Swiss pianist embarks on the first of Liszt's 'Years of Pilgrimage', Thomas Quasthoff teams up with a big band for his second jazz album, and Philippe Jaroussky goes to hell and back.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Pavel Kolesnikov on Couperin

The Russian pianist talks to Katherine about recording Dances from the Bauyn Manuscript.

Katherine Cooper

 Presto CD, Presto CD - 20 new DG Archiv titles

Recordings by Trevor Pinnock, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Kenneth Gilbert and Robert Levin feature in the latest batch of Presto CDs.

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Federico Colli plays Domenico Scarlatti

The Leeds International Piano Competition winner makes his debut on Chandos with a bold, inquisitive recital of the Neapolitan composer's keyboard sonatas.

Katherine Cooper