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Disc of the Year and the other awards: full details

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REGULARS 4 Editor's choice The best new recordings of the month 21 Singertalk The three tenors? I give you four ' 23 Readers' letters The indispensability of DVD 50 Reputations The rise and fall of pianist Van Cliburn 54 Detour... Muzak - the music you love to hate A1 North American Section (NA edition only)

Charles Wuorinen and Salman Rushdie: the opera 56 Collection Chopin's nocturnes, a worl.d of toxic pleasure 144 Live Music Around the world; on TV, radio and the web 170 My Music Actress Joanna Lumley

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From Liberate

. . . . . . . . . to lift-music, the wonderful world of Muzak ... or is i t' 54

Collection

Chopin's nocturnes on disc, from 1928

to the present

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N EW 8 For the record Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Simon

Holt profiled; Thomas Hengelbrock enthuses over Handel ; a peek at the diary of rising soprano Emma Bell

FEATURE 26 Stephen Hough records Rachmaninov: we were there 29 Awards 2004 The best discs, the finest artists of 2004

REVIEWS 64 ORCH ESTRAL Rattle in Messiaen; Boulez in Birtwistle 79 ORC I IESTRA L R.E I 5S E5 Anniversary Dvorak aplenty 81 SACD REI SE An audiophile view of recent reissues 82 CH A tv! I}ER Old masters: new Max and Carter quartets 88 I STRU tv! [NTA L Barenboim's Bach; Rossini's sins 93 INS RU tv! ENTAL lU IS UES Who needs 'bonus tracks'? 94 VOCA LThe ultimate French Connection; new Tavener 104 O PERA Anna Netrebko and Juan Diego Fl orez 109 OPERA RE IS U ES All Mozart's operas for £90 111 DVD Kempff plays Beethoven; Pavarotti's Don Carlo 121 REI' LAY Horenstein new to disc; Decca does Schuricht 125 T f\ KEF I VEJourneys to and from Chopin 126 1300 K !ZEV IEWS John Cage and Glenn Gould explained

Reputations Keyboard maverick Van

C~burn and his greatest recordings 50

Singertalk Tenors in the dock: the best of the current crop against a star mezzo - will the verdict be just'

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IO 128 News Pure's digital radio gets portable; THE Hi-fi show 129 Feedback An audio warning for armchair listeners 130 Audio clinic A cupboard full of kit - where do you start? 132 Tests & Reports Marantz PM7200 KI amplifier

134 Sony STR-DB795 amp and tuner 136 Castle Richmond 3i speakers 138 Onkyo C-IVL/A-IVL amp and CD player 141 Harman Kardon DVD22 DVD-Video player

Pure Evoke And she shall have digiml wherever she goes... A Purely portable radio

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