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MUSSORGSKY. PROKOFIEV Piano Works Steven Osborne pf Hyperion CDA67896 ‘Here is an ideal blend of fidelity to the score, with a subtle and distinctive rather than overbearing musical personality. Everything is as musicianly as it is technically immaculate.’

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LISZT. MAHLER Lieder Anne Schwanewilms sop Charles Spencer pf Onyx ONYX4103 ‘Evidence of her artistry is everywhere apparent. Her phrasing is seamless, with none of the audible words-versus-music negotiations noticeable even in fine singers.’

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SCHUBERT Lieder Matthias Goerne bar Andreas Hae liger pf Harmonia Mundi HMC90 2141 ‘More than any other singer, Matthias Goerne conjures a Schubert who once allegedly said of himself, “Sometimes it seems as if I no longer belong to this world.” ’

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HANDEL Giulio Cesare in Egitto Soloists; Il Complesso Barocco / Alan Curtis Naïve OP30536 ‘Sesto’s vengeance aria “Svegliatevi nel core” is ideally spellbinding, whereas its fast sections are dogmatic enough to convey determination rather than merely superficial volatility.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 79

DVD/Blu-ray ‘SCHUMANN AT PIER2’ A concert ilm Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen / Paavo Järvi C Major Entertainment ◊ 711908; Y 712004 ‘This is the sort of set that makes me grateful that classical recordings are still being made.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 52

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Reissue/Archive ‘SZYMON GOLDBERG: VOL 2’ Recordings from 1932 51 Various artists; Szymon Goldberg vn Music & Arts CD1225 ‘The Bach concertos are among Goldberg’s finest solo recordings, distinctive above all for the great beauty of their slow movements.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 85

Reviewed this month: Bach family members; Purcell family members; Panufnik family member

ORCHESTRAL

Chopin concertos from Cherkassky; wunderkind cellist Stéphane Tétreault at home in Canada; Zinman’s latest Zurich Schubert

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CHAMBER

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The Endellion Quartet turn to Haydn; Isabelle Faust plays Weber; new discs from the Royal Academy and Royal College principals

INSTRUMENTAL

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Bach from Egarr and Fray; Glass on a harp; the complete organ works of Camille Saint-Saëns; celebrating Murray Perahia on Sony

VOCAL

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Handel arranged by Mendelssohn; Parry and Stanford from The King’s Consort; song from Broderick, Graham, Schwartz and Spence

OPERA

The Met’s first Nixon in China on DVD; Cherubini’s Médée from La Monnaie; arias from Gerhaher; exploring Antoine Dauvergne

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BOOKS

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The cryptic, caustic, readable and revealing diaries of Russian great, Sergey Prokofiev; the early years of the British recording industry

REPLAY

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Carl Schuricht in Stuttgart; Argenta with the National Orchestra of Spain; Barbirolli with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Hallé

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE

Early music scholar, composer and regular Gramophone critic Fabrice Fitch explores early settings of the Requiem Mass

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THE GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION

Pianophile Jeremy Nicholas surveys the available recordings of Saint-Saëns’s Second Piano Concerto, and names his favourite

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GRAMOPHONE MARCH 2013 5

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