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May 2012

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PRELUDES

NEWS ANALYSIS

Opera companies and orchestras are broadening their appeal

MUSICIAN’S DIARY

Joyce DiDonato on starring in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking

SESSION REPORT

Robin Ticciati records Symphonie fantastique with the SCO

ICONS

Stephen Plaistow commends pianist Richard Goode

THE MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE

Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin on Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody

GRAMOPHONE HALL OF FAME

Our inaugural Hall of Fame celebrates the 50 people who have changed recorded classical music, as voted for by Gramophone readers. From Abbado to Schwarzkopf, the list is a tribute to the classical world’s greatest names – with more to be added each year

SUMMER FESTIVALS GUIDE

Your guide to the summer season’s very best musical events across the UK, Europe and North America

MUSICAL JOURNEYS

Berlin’s unorthodox staging of Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem; Camden’s innovative Reverb Festival at the Roundhouse

HIGH FIDELITY

On why audio products are increasingly designed in lighter shades

LETTERS

NEW RELEASES

REVIEWS INDEX

MY MUSIC

Actor and Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers

6 GRAMOPHONE MAY 2012

HALL OF FAME

23 Karajan, Brendel and Bartoli join the Hall of Fame

47 Celebrate summertime with the best live music

129 The Aurora players impress at Camden’s Reverb gramophone.co.uk

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