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October 1985 Vol. 63 No. 749

INDEX TO REVIEWS-including Andre Previn 's new Compact Disc recording of Rachmaninov 's Second Symphony and a new Sinfania antartica from Bernard Haitink and the LPO . Among the new Chamber Music issues are a Hyperion record of the Brahms Cello Sonatas and a warmly welcomed LP of Faure ' s Piano Ouartets. Andrew Parrott ' s new B minor Mass is reviewed by Nicholas Anderson and John Steane explores the "Record Of Singing" Sir Reginald Goodall's long-awaited Parsifal is reviewed by Alan Blyth. . ..... .450 NEW RELEASES .. .. 451 CORRESPONDENCE-including readers' comments and queries . Also details of a one-day workshop entitled " Recording British Music" . ... .452 NEWS & VIEWS-Stephen Johnson talks to Paul Crossley who has recently recorded the four Piano Sonata s of Sir Michael Tippett for CRD . Rene Jacobs discusses his new recording of Ca valli 's Xerse and Domus explain about their unusual performing venue . .455 OUARTERLY RETROSPECT-John Steane discusses recent vocal releases and considers the rich gramophone heritage of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau


GRAMOPHONE RECORD AWARDS-the winners of the 1985 Awards including the overall champion, the Record Of The Year.

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FEATURE-Jessye Norman in conversation with Michael Oliver explains her enthusiasm for singing Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and George Gershwin


, REVIEWS Orchestral . Chamber Instrumental Choral and Song Opera . Brief Reviews. Cassette Commentary Nights at the Round Table .

AUDIO · .... . 498 Buying a CD player}

514 522 The sound of music}

529 Equipment Reviews:

Thorens TD318 Turntable .. 540 A&R Cambridge P77 546 Cartridge .. Nagaoka M PII 549 Cartridge.

551 New Products.





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This month's cover features Jessye Norman w hose new Philip s record of Schubert Lieder is reviewed on page 534 . (Photo Philips / Steiner)


The cover reproduces the Chandos sleeve for Tchaikovsky's First Symphony-one in the much-acclaimed cycle by Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic. Richard Osborne reviews Giuseppe Sinopoli's new Rigaletta and Edward Greenfield reports from the sessions in Rome. The November 1985 issue will be published on Wednesday October 30th.

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