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BEETHOVEN ‘Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol 11 – Variations’ Ronald Brautigam fp BIS BIS SACD1673 ‘Brautigam’s interpretations are stunning. He brings stylish character and life to each of the small variation sets and never misses a trick, so to speak.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 69

DELIUS A Mass of Life. Prelude and Idyll Soloists; Bach Choir; Bournemouth SO / David Hill Naxos 8 572861/2 ‘There is a dynamic momentum to the tempi which perfectly evokes Zarathustra’s ruling passion, the Will of Man.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 75

SCHUBERT Songs Camilla Tilling sop Paul Rivinius pf BIS BIS SACD1844 ‘Tilling brings a luminous grace to the serene bel canto lines of “Heimliches Lieben” and characterises the lover in “Geheimes” with charm and point, avoiding winsomeness.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 81

VIVALDI Opera arias Roberta Invernizzi sop La Risonanza / Fabio Bonizzoni Glossa GCD922901 ‘Roberta Invernizzi, perhaps the most exciting Italian Baroque soprano today, dazzles with her coruscating yet perfectly controlled coloratura.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 85

DVD BACH St Matthew Passion Soloists; Berlin Radio Choir; BPO / Simon Rattle Berliner Philharmoniker BPH120011 ‘The long rehearsal period, the expertise of everyone involved and the authority of the solo singers: all this quickly becomes evident.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 74

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Reissue MOZART Piano Concerto No 24, etc Louis Kentner pf London Mozart Players / Harry Blech First Hand FHR15 ‘Kentner’s playing has an easy flow about it, with a clear, ringing tone and a sure sense of when to bend the line or make a tiny pause.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 91

Number of cello concertos reviewed this month: British – 4; Swiss – 3; German – 1

ORCHESTRAL

Latest Shostakovich from Petrenko in Liverpool; Manze’s Swedish Brahms cycle; Alsop conducts Bartók in Baltimore

CHAMBER

Emma Johnson and John Lenehan in Brahms clarinet sonatas; Hamilton Harty’s chamber music; Trio Wanderer’s Beethoven

INSTRUMENTAL

Mark Bebbington with Bliss for piano; Beethoven Bagatelles from Steven Osborne; video portrait of Jascha Heifetz

VOCAL

Schwanengesang from Goerne and Eschenbach; David Hill conducts Delius’s Mass of Life; LSO Live’s War Requiem

OPERA

Flagstad’s Norwegian Götterdämmerung remastered; the Netherlands Opera’s controversial Eugene Onegin

BOOKS

Exploring trends in concert-hall and opera-house design; a unique correspondence with conductor Carlos Kleiber

REPLAY

More from Harry Blech’s London Mozart Players; a wealth of new transfers from shellac; exploring Emanuel Feuermann

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO…

David Threasher examines Masses inspired by ‘the greatest hit of the 15th century’, the chanson L’homme armé

THE GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION

Jeremy Dibble on the finest recordings of Sea Drift, Delius’s Whitman-inspired reflection on human and emotional loss

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