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REVIEWS Jean- Yves Thibaudet plays Liszt piano concertos ( w::r 55) , Robert Shaw conducts Mahler's Eighth Symphony (~ 56), and Anne-Sophie Mutter plays concertante works by Mozart (~- 59) , David Fanning welcomes a new Shostakovich disc from Vladimir Ashkenazy ( po 60) and Jonathan Swain enthuses about Mikhail Pletnev's debut on record as a conductor ( po 64) . Richard Osborne considers recent reissues of Claudio Arrau 's Beethoven (~ 73) and Evelyn Glennie plays two contrasting programmesfor percussion (",, 80), Lionel Salter reviews a disc of Pablo Casals as composer ( p -84) and we review two Richard Strauss rarities, the French version of "Salome", and "Friedens tag " (~ 94).

NEW RELEASES A listing of new Compact Discs, Cassettes and LPs appearing this month ( ~.J- 138).

INDEX TO REVIEWS

A guide to the reviews appearing this month .

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CORRESPONDENCE

Inc/uding the presentation of string quartets, furth er thoughts on Melisande's origins and the nature of the "Diabelli" Variations.

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NEWS& VIEWS

Interviews with Yejim Bronfman, Luciano Berio, Jean- Yves Thibaudet and Mikhail Pletnev . Also a projile of Supraphon as it fa ces (/ free market economy.

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GRAMOPHONE AWARDS 1991

Photographs from the Award ceremony held in November at London 's Dorchester Hotel.

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GUNTER WAND

Stephen Johnson talks to the eminent German conductor about his career and his musical philosophy,

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NORTH AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE A2 A survey by Christie Barter for North American readers ( whichfollolVs page 32, only in the North American edition ) .

QUARTERLY RETROSPECT

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John Steane on recent reco rdings of vocal music , inc/uding two interpretations of "Otello " , one paSI, one present.

C R ITICS ' CHOICE

Our contributors'select their favourit e recordings of 1991.

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REVIEWS

Orchestral-51. Chamber-69. Instrumental- 73. Choral & Song80. Opera-91. Stage & Screen-97. Spoken Word-97. Historical98. Collectors' Corner-I02.

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AUDIO

Hi-Fi Buyers' Guide-f07. Dali Skyline 2000 Loudspeaker- I 18 , Meridian 204 FM Tuner/ Timer-l20. Rotel RC-960BX/ RB- 960BX Amplifier Combination-124 . New Products-f25.

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DISTRIBUTOR DIRECTORY A table of UK distributors.

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HINDSIGHT

Alan Sanders looks through back issues ofGRAMOPHONE of60, 40 and 20 years ago.

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RONT COVER Giinter Wand appears on this month's front cover, to celebrate his eightieth birthday. He talks to Stephen Johnson on page 31 and we review his new recordings of Schubert's Ninth Symphony and an orchestral collection, "Modern Pictures ". (Photo: BMG/ Hennch)

NEXT MONTH The young Italian mezzo Cecilia Bartoli is featured on our February front cover. This coincides lVith the 200th anniversary of Rossini's birth and the release ofher Rossini heroines disc. Also next month interviews with the Alban Berg and Bri/len Quartets and Christoph Eschenbach .

The February 1992 issue is published on Wednesday January 29th.

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