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The reviewers Andrew Achenbach Jonathan Freeman- Richard Osborne Nicholas Anderson Attwood Stephen Plaistow Mary Berry Edward Greenfield Nicholas A Rast Alan Blyth David S Gutman Guy S Rickards Joan Chissell Stephen Johnson Marc Rochester Robert Cowan Lindsay Kemp Julie Anne Sadie

Peter Dickinson Tess Knighton

John Duarte

Andrew Lamb

Adrian Edwards Robert Layton

Richard T Fairman Ivan March

Stanley Sadie Lionel Salter

Edward Seckerson

Robert Seeley

John B Steane

David Fallows

Ivan W G Moody Michael Stewart

David J Fanning Bryce Morrison Jonathan Swain lain Fenlon David Nice John Warrack Hilary Finch Patrick O'Connor Arnold Whittall Fabrice Fitch Michael Oliver Richard Wigmore

Key to symbols ~ New (D Reissue (reissues are also listed in comparisons as R; when a date appears as, say, 7/56 R it means the recording was first reviewed in July 1956 but has since been reissued under the listed number, though not re-reviewed) 4D Historic (!) Video CD Compact Disc EJ Cassette G LP 00 Digital Compact Cassette " LaserDisc m VHS Cassette oas Only available singly aas Also available singly nla No longer available Price where stated is inclusive of VAT at 17·5% ® Full price £\0 and over @ Medium price £7 .- £9·99 ® Bargain price £5 ~ £6·99 ® Super bargain price £4·99

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Volume 75 Number 889

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Reviews 4 Index to reviews 48 Orchestral 74 Chamber 84 Instrumental 94 Choral and song 106 Opera 119 Collectors' corner 126 World music

Features 14 John Eliot Gardiner

Ever eclectic in his tastes, John Eliot Gardiner discusses his longstanding affection for Britten's music, his most recent series of concerts of Schumann in London and Handel's approach to opera

John Eliot Gardiner Pholo DCI Rock

40 Schubert

In the last of our three-part survey examining the music of Schubert, Hilary Finch discusses his vocal music with Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig, Ian Bostridge, David Wilson Johnson and pianists Graham Johnson and David Owen Norris

12. World music to Fran<;ois Picard explores the array of ingredients which have put France at the forefront of the world music recording industry. Reviews include discs of music from West Africa, Jewish klezmer and a reissue of a 1972 perfonnance given by Ravi Shankar and Akbar Khan

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