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CONTENTS INDEX TO REVIEWS 242 Including Mahler's Fourth and Fifth Symphonies conducted by Leonard Bernstein, Bruckner's First Symphony conducted by Riccardo Chailly and the first in the Borodin Quartet's new Beethoven quartet cycle. Michael Kennedy welcomes the world premiere recording of" Paul Bunyan" and Richard Osborne reviews a clutch of Rossini opera reissues. CORRESPONDENCE 243 More on the presentation of records and CDs, thoughts on the recording and release of British music and more on the French W agnerians. NEW RELEASES 244 A listing of new Compact Disc, Cassette and LP releases scheduled to appear this month. EDITORIAL 246 Do Compact Discs self-destruct? NEWS AND VIEWS 246 Andrew Keener on recording the Borodin Quartet and Andrew Parrott on his reconstruction of the Florentine Intermedi of 1589. Also more details of recent sessions and signings. AMERICAN FEATURE 257

Leonard Bernstein talks to Edward Greenfield about his latest composition-257. Edward Seckerson considers Bernstein's New York years with members of the NYP0-258. Stephen Sondheim talks to David Patrick Stearns-263. Leonard Slatkin talks to Edward Seckerson-264. John Milsom considers the music of Philip Glass and Steve Reich-269.

QUARTERLY RETROSPECT

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Robert Layton discusses the quarter's releases of orchestral, chamber and instrumental discs including the six-CD set of Karajan's wartime recordings. Also considered are records of Bax, Havergal Brian, Moeran and Robert Simpson. REVIEWS 276 Orchestral-276. Chamber-305. Instrumental-315. Choral & Son~ 321. Opera-330. Stage & Screen-341. Jazz-342. Spoken Word342. Compact Disc Round-u~343. Cassette Commentary-344. AUDIO 348 Chicago Consumer Electronics Show-348. Technics European Seminar350. Audio Forum-350. Teac A-X75 Integrated Amplifier-353. Tannoy M20 Gold Mkll Loudspeaker-354. Revox B260 FM Tuner355. Luxman C-03/M-03 Amplifier Combination-356. New Products357. FRONT COVER Leonard Bernstein, who is 70 on August 25th, appears on this month'sfront cover. Edward Greenfield talks to him on page 257 and Edward Seckerson considers Bernstein's years at the helm of the New York Philharmonic on page 258. This month we review Bernstein's new recordings of Mahler's Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, two new highlights discs of his "Candide" and a new recording of Puccini's"La boheme" with Bernstein as conductor of the all-American cast. (Photo: DGfUmboh) NEXT MONTH The September front cover willfeature Riccardo Chailly, the new Artistic Director of Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra who, next month, celebrate their centenary. Edward Seckerson talks to him about his approach to making music. Also next month, we list the nominations in this year's GRAMOPHONE Record Awards. The September 1988 issue is published on Wednesday August 31st.

Vol. 66 No. 783 Published by General Gramophone Publications Ltd .. 177/9. Kenton Road. Hurow. Middlesex HA30HA. Telephone 01·907 4476. Telex 265871 MONREf G MUS027 fax 01·907 0073 Editor, CHRISTOPHER POLLARD 0 Assistant Editor, JAMES JOLLY 0 Consultant to Editorial Department. QUITA CHAVEZ 0 Audio Director. JOHN BORWICK 0 Audio Editor. IVOR HUMPHREYS 0 Audio Consultant. JOHN GILBERT 0 Deputy Publisher & Advertisement Direc· tor. BARRY IRVING 0 Adveniscment Co-ordinator & An Editor. DERMOT JONES 0 Circulation Manager. STEPHEN PRESCOTT 0 Subscription Manager. VALERIE WARBURTON 0 Publisher & Man.ging Editor, ANTHONY POLLARD

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