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RACHMANINOV. SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Sonatas Leonard Elschenbroich vc Alexei Grynyuk pf Onyx ONYX4116 ‘Rarely have I heard the Rachmaninov with such a sensation that its dramatic trajectory has been charted with such consummate perception.’

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JS BACH ‘Organ Works, Vol 2’ Robert Quinney org Coro COR16112 ‘Robert Quinney’s Bach recital of probing vitality and resourcefulness gets to the heart of the music with refreshing clarity and a communication born of genuine understanding.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 90

BINGHAM ‘Choral Music’ Wells Cathedral Choir / Matthew Owens Hyperion CDA67909 ‘There’s a frankness to the Wells choral sound that suits music that has nothing precious or twee about it…this collection is the most representative yet of Bingham’s liturgical works.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 96

SCHUBERT Winterreise Christoph Prégardien ten Michael Gees pf Challenge Classics CC72596 ‘Crucially, Prégardien “lives” the cycle as vividly as ever…like all the finest singers of Winterreise, he makes the wanderer’s snowbound journey a cathartic experience.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 99

DVD/Blu-ray ‘SALZBURG FESTIVAL 2012: OPENING CONCERT’ Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Valery Gergiev EuroArts 207 2618 ‘The VPO render Stravinsky’s Psalms with biting urgency, rhythm and transparency of sound replacing their usual lushness.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 81

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Reissue/Archive MOURA LYMPANY ‘The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952’ Moura Lympany pf APR APR6011 ‘If you ditched the rest of the programme, you’d still come away knowing that you’ve got two classics in your hands in the two Mendelssohn works.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 94

Reviewed this month: Stravinsk y Rites – 3; Bruckner Sixths – 3; Beethoven Fourth Piano Concertos – 20

ORCHESTRAL

Hélène Grimaud records Brahms’s piano concertos; Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Bruckner cycle reaches the Sixth

CHAMBER

The Keller Quartet pair Ligeti and Barber; rare Parry chamber music; Ida Haendel returns to the studio

INSTRUMENTAL

Edwin Lemare’s Wagner organ transcriptions; Myaskovsky’s ‘music of wrath’; Ashley Wass goes ‘Bach to the Future’

VOCAL

The King’s Consort revisit Monteverdi; a near-perfect Petite Messe solennelle; the Dowland Project’s ‘Night Sessions’

OPERA

The Royal Opera’s Meyerbeer; Don Giovanni from Aix; a complete Semiramide; Jonas Kaufmann sings Verdi

BOOKS

Nadia Boulanger’s music and career examined; what Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars really do

REPLAY

A second Mercury box of delights; Haskil and Casadesus in Lucerne; wartime Reger; Oppitz and Wand in Schumann

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE

This month’s specialist James Inverne picks 10 favourite recordings of a unique voice type – the basso profondo

THE GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION

Geoffrey Norris makes a judicious selection from the many recordings of Beethoven’s visionary Fourth Piano Concerto

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