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JULY 1984 Vol. 62 No. 734

CONTENTSINDEXTOREVIEWS-IncludingKarajan'sCDonlyMahlerNinerecorded live at the Berlin Festival in 1982-"one of the seven wonders of the modern musical world".


NEW RELEASES-LP, Compact Disc and Cassette releases for July 98 CORRESPONDENCE-Thoughts on Compact Disc from three English counties and California, and a reader from Wolverhampton complains of a local cassette shortage.


NEWS & VIEWS-EMI's ICRC on parade, and interviews with

Mitsuko Uchida and John Wallace


QUARTER LY RETROSPECT-John Steane touches a tender spot in discussing 'narcolepsy'-are you a sufferer?





Chamber Music


117 Britain's first Compact Disc plant

128 -a report by John Borwick 169

Equipment Reviews:

132 Bose 901 Series V

Choral and Song


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Loudspeaker System 175 Bose Studiocraft Fl Power


Sony CDP501 and CDP701


Cassette Commentary.


CD Players_


Beyer DT880 Headphones. 180

Nights at the Round Table 163 Heybrook TT2 Turntable 183 Easy Listening 164 New Products and Audio News 184

"FRONT COVER This month's front cover features the unique Nimbus plant at Wyastone Leys near Monmouth, site of Britain's first Compact Disc manufacturing facility John Borwick describes his visit to Nimbus on page 169


Andrew Keener talks to Michael Berkeley about the EMI recording of his composition "Or shall we die"; to Barry Tuckwell about his new Decca recording of Mozart horn music and to William Christie about the Harmonia Mundi Medee. Charles Fox reviews the latest jazz records and John Borwick reviews the Tandberg 3012 amplifier

The August 1984 issue will be published on Wednesday August 1sl.

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

Publisher & Editor. ANTHONY POLLARD; Deputy Publisher & Advertisement Director. BARRY IRVING Editorial Manager. CHRISTOPHER POLLARD; Consultant to the Editorial Department. QUITA CHAVEZ; Audio Editor. JOHN BORWICK; Audio Consultant. JOHN G,LBERT; Advertisement Co-ordinator, DERMOT JONES; Circulation Manager. STEPHEN PREscon; Subscription Manager. LILIAN SHERER

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