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CONTENTS Volume 101 Number 12 3 5

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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Charlotte Gardner hears a compelling SaintSaëns concerto from cellist Bruno Philippe, coupled with sonatas by Franck and Poulenc

ORCHESTRAL

Finnish symphonies of Kuusisto, Leiviskä and Mustonen; Mahler from Minnesota; Robert Levin’s latest Mozart piano concerto instalment

CHAMBER

Chiaroscuro and Doric Quartets play Beethoven; Handel at Home; Haydn baryton trios

INSTRUMENTAL

Bruce Liu’s debut; Christophe Rousset in Bach; Rachmaninov Reflections with Inon Barnatan

VOCAL

Britten from the Czech Republic; Karine Deshayes sings Mozart; Benjamin Appl in Schubert

ONLINE CONCERTS & EVENTS Charlotte Gardner surveys online performances

OPERA

Donizetti from Bergamo; Rattle’s Siegfried

JAZZ, WORLD & MUSICALS Reviews from Jazzwise, Songlines and Musicals

REISSUES

Vogt, Andnses and Angelich retrospectives; the Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet

BOX-SET ROUND-UP

REPLAY

Rob Cowan on recent releases from the archives

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Edward Breen and Fabrice Fitch discuss David Munrow’s album ‘The Art of the Netherlands’

BOOKS

Josef Hofmann; musicians in conversation

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION € Mark Pullinger chooses the finest recordings of Stravinsky’s The Firebird

REVIEWS INDEX

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FOR THE RECORD

The latest news from English National Opera, the Leonkoro Quartet profiled, where next after listening to An Alpine Symphony, Thomas Trotter on his celebratory album and James Jolly on Californian classical life

LETTERS & OBITUARIES € Malcolm Arnold’s Double Concerto, Liszt’s Transcendental Studies, in praise of Ulster Hall, remembering the tenor Ryland Davies

BRUCKNER ON RECORD Richard Osborne looks over the development of the composer’s music on record, highlighting key conductors and major moments in the journey

BRUCKNER: THE SYMPHONIES Ten of today’s leading Bruckner conductors share their insights into the composer’s symphonies, work by work: featuring interviews with Marcus Bosch (on symphonies 0 and 00), Gerd Schaller (on Symphony No 1), Riccardo Muti (No 2), Markus Poschner (No 3), François-Xavier Roth (No 4), Christian Thielemann (No 5), Simone Young (No 6), Lahav Shani (No 7), Herbert Blomstedt (No 8) and Andris Nelsons (No 9)

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE Pianist Behzod Abduraimov talks us through the challenges and charms of recording Ravel’s vivid and virtuosic Gaspard de la nuit

ICONS

The Russian pianist Josef Lhevinne didn’t leave a huge number of recordings, but those he did speak of greatness well worth celebrating

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS Austrian composer Thomas Larcher is the subject of this month’s profile, with a suggested list of essential albums to explore

HIGH FIDELITY

The latest from the world of audio equipment

MY MUSIC

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Ian Rank-Broadley on links between sculpture and music, and on designing a Benjamin Britten statue

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