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4 Index to reviews 44 Orchestral 68 Chamber 78 Instrumental 84 Choral and song 106 Opera and video 120 Collectors' corner 122 Brass and military


14 Sir Simon Rattle

The conductor talks to the pianist Imogen Cooper about recording opera, future plans with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and of course his former orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra , and hi s ground-breaking series of television programmes on twentieth-century music , Leaving Home


168 New releases

6 Letters

More thoughts on the state of the industry and responses to our covermounted CD

32 What next? e James Jolly goes back to basics, taking as his starting point Beethoven 's Ninth Symphony as he explores symphonies for chorus and orchestra

Our listing of the month's releases

172 Index to advertisers

176 Hindsight

Alan Sanders looks back through issues of Gramophone from 70, SO and 30 years ago


10 For the record

A4 North American retrospect Barrymore Laurence Scherer has been listening to Gluck through the eyes of Berlioz and comparing two recordings of Don Giovanni a s well as giving a warm welcome to the return of a classic set of bel canto si nging (follows page 32, only in th e North American edition)

33 Replay

In this month's survey of reissues Robert Cowan has been looking at recordings of baroque music that have little to do with authenticity and mainstream repertoire from great conductors of the past

36 Collection

Think of cello concertos written this century and those by Elgar and Shostakovich might be among the first to spring to mind. But, as Guy Rickards reveals, that is by no means the end of the story

News of recent contract signings, a book on opera houses and memories of Dame Joan Hammond

18 Passing notes

The young Bulgarian mezzo-soprano, Vesselina Kasarova, talks to Richard Fairman about her new record of celebrated arias, Victor Pablo Perez, a man with a mission, discusses recording Roberto Gerhard with Lionel Salter, Michael Oliver has been engrossed in a batch of new books on opera while Clive Portbury has been comparing star ratings in three CD guides. Forgotten Schubert is Christoph Spering's current preoccupation, with the premiere recording of a one-act Singspiel and the retirement of Jan Tinuner, the man who brought us Compact Disc, is marked by Edward Greenfield. Another innovator, Julian Vereker, who founded Naim Audio, talks to Nick J

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122 Brass and military

Major Richard Powell examines the history and current state of military bands while James Watson , conductor of the world-famous Black Dyke Mills Band , talks about his recording premiere of a new tra nsc ription of Holst 's The Planets

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40 Quarterly retrospect

With two major centenaries falling this year, Robert Layton has been listening to issues of Brahms and Schubert both old and new. He has also been looking at some recent releases of French orchestral music

75 Gramophone

Concert-going The directory for concert promoters to advertise their forthcoming pl ans to Gramophone readers

164 UK label distribution directory

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