Latest Classical Presto Editor's Choices Articles
31st July 2018
A nocturnal English song recital from Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton, a compelling new opera from an octogenarian composer, and a bracing Alpine adventure from Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
30th June 2018
Revelatory Debussy from Alexander Melnikov, a Mahlerian Midsummer Night’s Dream from Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and another nocturnal box of delights from Stephen Hough.
31st 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.
30th 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.
28th March 2018
A spellbinding journey to hell and back in the company of Stéphane Degout and Raphaël Pichon, an absorbing snapshot of Brian Ferneyhough’s career, and a slimmed-down Werther from Zurich…
28th 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.
31st January 2018
Katherine's personal highlights of the month include music by Gounod, Martinů and Copland, plus a star turn from Joyce DiDonato gamely sending herself up in Jake Heggie's new opera about an American diva resurrecting a bel canto rarity.
31st December 2017
Music by Marais, Pixis and Obrecht are among this month's favourites, plus an outstanding Debussy recital from the young South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho.
29th November 2017
Katherine's picks of the month include a rare outing for a surreal 'tango-opera' by Piazzólla, a Mahler Five that's red in tooth and claw, and an outstanding recital from French soprano Sabine Devieilhe.
31st October 2017
Katherine's picks of the month include a treasure-trove of English part-song, an unconventional tribute to Fritz Wunderlich, and an urgent, persuasive new production of one of the greatest of all bel canto operas.
30th 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.
30th August 2017
Semyon Bychkov's persuasive reading of Tchaikovsky's Manfred is among Katherine's favourites of the month, alongside a long-forgotten Shakespearian opera by one of Verdi's early champions.
31st July 2017
A moving and memorable Mahler triptych from a great British mezzo is among Katherine's flavours of the month…
13th June 2017
A Russian operatic recital, a virtual visit to Glyndebourne, and a raucous night at the pub (seventeenth-century style) are among Katherine's June highlights…
10th May 2017
A Brahmsian match made in heaven and a commanding recital with orchestra from a prolific young British soprano are among this month's stand-outs.
13th April 2017
Schumann from Matthias Goerne, Brahms from Arcadi Volodos and Richard Strauss from Munich are among this month's highlights.