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 Recording of the Week, Music by Florent Schmitt conducted by Sakari Oramo

James listens to a wonderful new recording of music by the neglected French composer Florent Schmitt, including his ballet suites, Antoine et Cléopâtre.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 9th March

Bach from William Christie, previously unreleased Brahms and Schumann from Alfred Brendel, and a fascinating journey through the French operatic underworld with baritone Stéphane Degout.

Chris O'Reilly

 Announcement, Wishlist and accounts features added to the Presto website

Chris introduces some great new features which have recently been added across the Presto website.

Chris O'Reilly

 Gramophone Choices, Gramophone Editor's Choices - March 2018

Chris introduces this month's selection, with a lucid interpretation of Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata that's been four decades in the making leading the way as Recording of the Month.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Liza Ferschtman on Bernstein and Korngold

The Dutch violinist talks to Katherine about her new recording of two American works for violin and orchestra, out on Challenge Classics later this month.

Katherine Cooper

 Obituary, Jesús López Cobos (1940-2018)

The Spanish conductor has died aged 78.

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Porpora from Max Emanuel Cencic

The Viennese countertenor marks the 250th anniversary of the composer and singing-teacher's death with a stunning collection of arias and a complete recording of Germanico in Germania.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 2nd March 2018

Rachmaninov from Sudbin and Oramo, Mahler from Thielemann, Ludford from Westminster Abbey, and a powerhouse debut album from Georgian mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Kirill Gerstein on The Gershwin Moment

The pianist talks to Katherine about his new album, which includes the jazz-band version of Rhapsody in Blue, the Piano Concerto in F, and song transcriptions by Earl Wild.

Katherine Cooper

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

Katherine's February favourites include lithe Brahms from Adam Laloum, a compelling collection of Medtner's songs from Iain Burnside and friends, and an arresting recording debut from the young cellist Kian Soltani.

Katherine Cooper

 Hi-Res Highlights, Hi-Res Highlights - February 2018

Includes new releases from Murray Perahia, Thomas Dausgaard and Andris Nelsons, and HD re-issues of Solti's Wagner and Sawallisch's Mozart.

David Smith

 Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - February 2018

February heavyweights include anniversary tributes to Leonard Bernstein, Claude Debussy, The King's Singers, and Christa Ludwig.

Chris O'Reilly

 Recording of the Week, Respighi from John Neschling and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège

The Brazilian conductor and his Belgian orchestra perform Vetrate di chiesa, Il tramonto & Trittico botticelliano.

Katherine Cooper

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 23rd February 2018

Mahler from Daniel Harding, Gershwin from Kirill Gerstein, Rachmaninov from Nikolai Lugansky, and a stunning concerto debut from French pianist Adam Laloum.

Chris O'Reilly

 Coming Soon, Prokofiev from Martha Argerich & Sergei Babayan and other forthcoming highlights

Other imminent headliners include Schubert from Marc-André Hamelin, Bartók from Renaud Capuçon, and Vivaldi from both Rachel Podger with Brecon Baroque and Diego Fasolis with Julia Lezhneva and Franco Fagioli.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Gautier Capuçon on Intuition

The French cellist talks to Katherine about his new album of music by Massenet, Saint-Saëns, Piazzolla, Sollima and more.

Katherine Cooper

 BBC Music Magazine Choices, BBC Music Magazine - March 2018 Choices

Chris introduces this month's selection, headed by beautifully played and imaginatively curated recital of Russian cello works from BBC Young Musician winner Laura van der Heijden.

Chris O'Reilly

 Interview, Ben Goldscheider on Romantic repertoire for horn

David talks to horn player Ben Goldscheider about his debut disc, featuring Romantic and modern works by Schumann, York Bowen and others.

David Smith

 Recording of the Week, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Polina Leschenko perform music by Poulenc, Bartók, and Ravel

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and pianist Polina Leschenko perform sonatas by Poulenc and Bartók alongside Ravel’s Tzigane.

James Longstaffe

 New Release Round-up, New Release Round-up - 16th February 2018

Today's headline releases include Debussy from Maurizio Pollini, Bruckner from Andris Nelsons, Mendelssohn from Andrew Manze, and a Rossini rarity from Bad Wildbad.

Chris O'Reilly