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OPHONE Incorporating CASSETTES & CARTRIDGES

January 1986 Vol. 63 No. 752

CONTENTS

INDEX TO REVIEWS-including a new sE!'! of Mendelssohn 's orchestral music conduc ted by Abbado, and a new instalment in Jeffrey Tate's Mozart symphony series. John Warrack welcomes a new Glagolitic Mass from Sir Charles Mackerras and Richard Osborne hails the premiere recording of Rossini's 1/ viaggio a Reims .. ... 890

NEW RELEASES ..

... 891

COHRESPONDENCE- more on multi-CD sets , and some thoughts on recording unkown British music .

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NEWS & VIEWS-Alan Blyth reports from the Rossini sessions in Pesaro for the new Viaggio, and prospect ive Associated Board examinees are offered some advice- on tape .. .893

QUARTERLY RETROSPECT- John Steane considers the quarter's vocal records, and discusses Victoria de los Angeles 's incomparable Butterfly .

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REVIEWS Orchestra!. . . . . . ... .... ... .. ....... . . . . . . . ... 913 Chamber .. ..... .. . ......... . ..... 937 Instrumental ..... .... .. ..... ... , ..... 948 Choral and Song . . . . . .. .. ... . ..... ... ., . . 951 Opera . ... . 960 Brief Reviews :

AUDIO

Music-Carr ie rs of ti;le Future .. ...... . 979 "Sound and Vision 85" ....... . . . . . . . . . . . 980 Equipment Reviews :

Philips CD150 CD player

. 983

Sony CDP - 552ESD/DAS - 702ES :

RCA Legendary Performers. Gigli Collection. Teldec Bach cantatas on CD .. Nights at the Round Table:

Brass and M·llitary . Spoken Word ...... ...

.. 972 ... 972 ..... 975

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Two piece CD player ............ .. ... 984 Dynavector DV - 50X Cartridge .... ... 986 Nakamichi BX125E Cassette

Deck

.... 975

Cassette Commentary . ... ......... . 976 New Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ." .. ..986 .... 989

FRONT COVER

This month's cover features the soprano , Roberta Alexander with Leonard Bernstein. A new record of Bernstein ' s complete songs are reviewed by Alan Blyth . Also reviewed is a new LP of Alexander in Mozart songs

NEXT MONTH

Next month 's cover features Esa- Pekka Salonen whose new recording of Nielsen's Inextinguishable is reviewed by Robert Layton . This young Finnish conductor talks to Stephen Johnson. Also reviewed next month is Karl Bohm's Die Frau ohne Schatten, recently released on lP, Cassette and Com pact Disc. The February 1986 issue will be published on Wednesday January 29th .

Published by General Gramophone Publications Ltd .. 177 / 9, Kenton Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA3 OHA. Telephone 01-9074476.

Publisher & Editor. ANTHONY POlLARD: Deputy Publisher & Advertisem ent Director, BARRY IRVIN G; Editorial Manager, CHRI STOPHER POLLARD: Consultant to the Editorial Department. GUITA CHAVEZ; Audio Editor, JOHN BORWICK; Audio Consultant. JOH N GILBERT ; Advertisement Co -ordinator & Art Editor. DERMOT JONES: Circulation Manager, STEPHEN PR ESCO TT; Subscription Manager. VALER IE WARBURTON.

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ISSN o.o.17-31o.X © General Gramophone Publica tions Ltd - 1986

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