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Awards 2013

Informed by our unrivalled panel of critics, we choose the month’s must-hear recordings hoice

VERDI ‘Sacred Verdi’ Quattro Pezzi sacri. Ave Maria (1880). Messa per Rossini – Libera me Maria Agresta sop Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome / Sir Antonio Pappano Warner Classics 984524 2

Recording of the Month ‘Antonio Pappano and his Roman forces have produced another magnificent display of Verdian sophistication’

MALCOLM RILEY’S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 66

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JS BACH Brandenburg Concertos Dunedin Consort / John Butt Linn CKD430 ‘Expertly stylish recordings of the Brandenburg Concertos are two-a-penny but the Dunedin Consort offer more substantial style and bona fide expertise than most.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 68

BARTÓK Violin Concertos Isabelle Faust vn Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Harding Harmonia Mundi HMC90 2146 ‘Sensitivity, subtlety and energy are among Faust’s priorities and she enjoys superlative orchestral support and first-rate engineering.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 68

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HINDEMITH ‘Complete Viola Works, Vol 1: Viola & Orchestra’ Tabea Zimmermann va Deutsches SymphonieOrchester Berlin / Hans Graf Myrios MYR010 ‘Zimmermann plays wholly convicingly. Hindemithians will not hesitate; neither should you.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 75

SCHUMANN Symphony No 2. Manfred & Genoveva Overtures Orchestra Mozart / Claudio Abbado DG 479 1061GH ‘Abbado’s ear for detail and the individual colouristic effects of instrumental tonal qualities make the score glow with subtle light and shade.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 76

R STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben. Tod und Verklärung SWR Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden and Freiburg / François-Xavier Roth Hänssler Classic CD93 299 ‘Strauss’s genius as a master orchestrator is presented with understated effectiveness.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 77

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