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Contents - May 20IO

'This remarkable piece is stripped of its veneer and laid bare before us in all its unsettling majesty and humility.'

Sir Roger Norrington's recording of Mahler's Ninth Symphony, reviewed on page 75

LETTERS

Mahler experiences shared; Klemperer getting political; feeling gloomy with Sibelius

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EDITOR'S CHOICE The best new recordings of the month,

from Boris Berezovsky to Paavo Jarvi

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SOUND BITES

FOR THE RECORD Music news - seeking the new Dudamel;

a quartet star takes to the podium

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INTERVIEW

On the shores of Lake Maggiore, conductor Gianandrea N oseda discusses a wonderful early Rachmaninov rarity

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DIARY

A fond farewell from Frederica von Stade as she ends one of the truly great singing careers

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ONE TO WATCH Rising clarinet star Sarah Williamson, a new leading light for Somm Records

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PHILIP KENNICOTT Why one has to hear Rafal BIechacz play live as well as on record to get the full picture

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RECORDINGS ON TRIAL Herbert von Karajan's Parsifal may be iconic,

but is i t really any good?

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BIOGRAPHY OF AN INSTRUMENT Recreation of a legend - the Golden Lyre of U r survived for centuries and has been reborn

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COVER STORY

Branded a flop at an early stage of her career,

Joyce DiDonato reveals the process of reinvention that turned her into today's most thrilling Rossini mezzo-soprano

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FESTIVE MUSIC Your definitive, 24-page guide to the music festivals around the world that you won'twant to miss this summer

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THE COLLECTION Berg'sViolin Concerto left Benjamin Britten "shattered" - Arnold Whittall searches for the finest recording of this searing work

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ENCORE

MUSICALJOURNEYS How Japan is mad for classical music; an Istanbul orchestra flies the flag for the

European Capital of Culture

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PICK OF THE MUSICAL MONTH Ronald Brautigam plays Beethoven in Poole;

the fabulous Philadelphians visit Shanghai;

Daniel Barenboim conducts Das Rheingold at La Scala

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AUDIO AND VISUAL A refined new amplifier from Quad; and is this the time to make the jump to BIu-ray?

128

MY MUSIC The celebrated rock keyboardist Rick Wakeman on his passion for Prokofiev

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Berg'sViolin Concerto, dedicated to his "angel" (above) - the best recording is revealed 60

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