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CONTENTS Volume 100 Number 122 1

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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Harriet Smith is hugely impressed by peerless accounts of transcriptions by Liszt and Alkan of masterpieces by Beethoven and Mozart, played with drive and flair by pianist Paul Wee

ORCHESTRAL

Bach from John Butt and his Dunedin Consort; live Tchaikovsky from the LSO and Noseda; Brabbins continues his Vaughan Williams cycle

CHAMBER

The Talich Quartet play Dvo∑ák; a rare exploration of canons by Mozart and Telemann

INSTRUMENTAL

Bach on the bassoon; Mao Fujita plays Mozart’s piano sonatas; Paul Lewis returns to Schubert

VOCAL

An all-star Theodora; Łukaszewski from Latvia; Pappano’s Rossini; Marina Rebeka’s French voyage

ONLINE CONCERTS & EVENTS Peter Quantrill reports on online music-making

OPERA

Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo; a Verdian rarity

JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

REISSUES

Adrian Boult’s legacy; Dmitri Hvorostovsky

BOX-SET ROUND-UP

REPLAY

Rob Cowan on recent releases from the archives

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Two critics discuss Stravinsky’s 1961 recording of his own Symphony in Three Movements

BOOKS

Vaughan Williams; Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION Jeremy Nicholas compares recordings of Liszt’s devilish Totentanz and identifies the finest versions

REVIEWS INDEX

FOR THE RECORD

The latest news, including the Handel and Haydn Society’s appointment of a new Artistic Director and the launch of the Curtis Institute’s record label – plus Will Fraser, the Director of Fugue State Films, talks about his mission to champion the organ, we step inside Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, and James Jolly talks about the Birgit Nilsson Prize with Susanne Rydén

LETTERS AND OBITUARIES In praise of Sir Adrian Boult’s illuminating Elgar; we pay tribute to the conductor Libor Pe≈ek

CÉSAR FRANCK AT

He may have received little recognition as a composer during his lifetime but, writes Jeremy Nicholas, the extraordinary organist produced a series of masterpieces during his final years that are recognised as such today

CRITICS’ CHOICE RETURNS Our annual gift guide is back! Our expert reviewers each choose an outstanding classical recording reviewed by us in the past 12 months

CHRISTMAS ROUND-UP David Threasher listens to a selection of this year’s seasonal offerings, from Oxbridge college fare to continental brass arrangements. Getting into the festive spirit has never been easier!

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE Renaud Capuçon chats enthusiastically to Charlotte Gardner about his approach to Schumann’s impulsive Violin Sonata No 1

ICONS

Stephen Cera celebrates the playing qualities and varied achievements of Swiss pianist Edwin Fischer

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS Could there be a more radical mould-breaker than the US artist-composer Meredith Monk?

HIGH FIDELITY

The latest from the world of audio equipment

MY MUSIC

Chef Kenji López-Alt on his love of Beethoven

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