Helen Charlston, Toby Carr, and the Castalian String Quartet make Presto Music's prestigious Top Recordings of 2022

Once again, we're delighted to announce two Delphian albums on Presto Music's roundup of best classical recordings of 2022.

"After many hours of listening and discussion, the Presto editorial team have finally decided on our Top 100 Recordings of the Year ..." writes Presto's Editor Chris O'Reilly, ahead of the final 10 shortlist announced on 9th December.

Battle Cry - She Speaks

Helen Charlston | Toby Carr

This powerful yet understated recital of modern and seventeenth-century works aims to revisit but also to re-balance the obsession of earlier music with female abandonment and lament.

The stories of women such as Dido and Ariadne have been told and retold throughout history. Mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston reconsiders the assumed helplessness of those often seen as being left behind by male adventure and success.



Castalian String Quartet

From the darkness of night emerges day, the cycle of nature tracing the journey of the soul. The finely calibrated emotions of Orlande de Lassus’s song La nuit froide et sombre, and of his near-contemporary John Dowland’s Come, heavy sleep, are made newly vivid in transcriptions by the Castalian String Quartet, framing a programme which exists both inside and beyond time.