Presto Recordings of the Year 2017 – Winners

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Dvorak: Quintets Op. 81 & 97
Boris Giltburg (piano), Pavel Nikl (viola)
Pavel Haas Quartet (SU41952)
Throughout the slow movement, the playing of the solo lines is captivating…The Haas Quartet with Boris Giltburg provide both relaxation and a strong sense of purposeful energy…Excellently recorded,… — BBC Music Magazine, November 2017, *****

 

Carbonelli: Sonate da Camera Nos. 1-6
Bojan Čičić (violin)
The Illyria Consort (DCD34194)
Čičić’s distinctive sound – sweet, slightly dry and exquisitely centred – is ideal for the taut beauty of Carbonelli’s solo lines. Crucially, Čičić fleshes out the composer’s ideas, filling rests… — BBC Music Magazine, September 2017, *****

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 25 & 26
Francesco Piemontesi (piano)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Manze (CKD544)
Piemontesi’s playing is mostly magnificent, with crystalline clarity, radiant tone and eloquent phrasing. In the fine and intriguing cadenzas, he shines with surety of purpose — BBC Music Magazine, October 2017, ***