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CONTENTS Volume 101 Number 12 3 7

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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Tim Ashley on a stunning concert account of Janácˇek’s Katya Kabanova from Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra

ORCHESTRAL

Noseda’s Beethoven symphony cycle continues; Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts Sibelius; a Saint-Saëns collection from Lang Lang

CHAMBER

Gary Hoffman in Beethoven cello sonatas; Locke consorts; Prokofiev Milestones

INSTRUMENTAL

Alon Sariel performs Bach and Ysaÿe on mandolin; Philip Glass solo; Feltsman plays Schubert

VOCAL

A Versailles opera collection; Jansons conducts Mozart’s Requiem; Gheorghiu sings Puccini

ONLINE CONCERTS & EVENTS Mark Pullinger watches online opera broadcasts

OPERA

Charpentier’s Médée; period-instrument Mascagni

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

REISSUES

The complete EMI Classics and Finlandia recordings of conductor Paavo Berglund

BOX-SET ROUND-UP

REPLAY

Rob Cowan on recent releases from the archives

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Richard Wigmore and Hugo Shirley reassess Brigitte Fassbaender’s 1988 Winterreise

BOOKS

Messiaen in Context; Errollyn Wallen

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION David Gutman selects the leading accounts of Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony

REVIEWS INDEX

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FOR THE RECORD

Aigul Akhmetshina signs to Decca; composer Unsuk Chin wins a major prize; a round-up of conductor moves; Trio Ernest is our One to Watch; Mathieu Herzog discusses a new release on a new label; James Jolly talks to the President of the San Francisco Conservatory

LETTERS & OBITUARIES Some thoughts on Elgar and Bruckner; obituaries of Ivan Moody and Ewa Podles´

KAUFMANN’S PARSIFAL

The celebarated tenor Jonas Kaufmann talks to Mark Pullinger about, among other things, performing Parsifal in difficult circumstances

CYRILLE DUBOIS

James Jolly meets the French tenor Cyrille Dubois to discuss Benjamin Britten and the little-known mélodies of Louis Beydts

JOANN FALLETTA

To mark her 70th birthday and 25 years in Buffalo, Peter J Rabinowitz chats with JoAnn Falletta about a lifetime of musical discoveries

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE Beatrice Rana spent the first lockdown learning Beethoven’s Hammerklavier; she talks to Harriet Smith about the special challenges of this unique and demanding score

ICONS

Julian Lloyd Webber explores the legacy of his fellow cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who inspired many composers to write new works

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS Guy Rickards offers an enthusiastic guide to the varied music of the American composer Elena Ruehr, from string quartets to opera

HIGH FIDELITY

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The latest from the world of audio equipment

MY MUSIC

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Erica Whyman, the director of Ben and Imo, a play about Benjamin Britten and Imogen Holst, on the importance of music

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