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GRAMOPHONE CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings of the month

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FOR THE RECORD

The latest classical music news

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RECORDING OF THE MONTH 20 Sensational Schumann Violin Sonatas

ORCHESTRAL

Hough plays the Brahms concertos; Lintu’s Enescu cycle continues; new works from Anderson, Dean, Turnage and Lucier

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CHAMBER

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More Stenhammar from the Stenhammar Quartet; Mandelring’s Mendelssohn survey progresses; exploring two generations of Rebel composers

INSTRUMENTAL

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Liszt piano works from Lisitsa and Ohlsson; more Widor from Paris; Alexandre Tharaud plays encores; piano legend Gary Graffman celebrated

VOCAL

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National Youth Choirs sing Britten; two choirs sing Sheppard; marking 125 years of Truro Cathedral Choir; Schütz from Dresden

OPERA

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Glyndebourne issues its Eötvös opera; Glass’s Disney work on DVD; Kasper Holten’s Die tote  Stadt from Helsinki; a Verdi journey begins

REPLAY

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Second box of Schubert from the Amadeus Quartet; exploring EMI ‘Icon’ Paavo Berglund

REISSUES

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An overview of recent box-sets, including Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s complete Bach sacred cantatas

BOOKS

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Jeremy Nicholas on a new biography of ‘Chopin’s Prophet’ Vladimir de Pachmann; the relevance and weight of Wagner’s melodies examined

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 92 David Gutman sifts through the available recordings of Borodin’s heroic Second Symphony

WHEN CLASSICAL MEETS JAZZ 10 Philip Clark delves into the subject of jazz in classical music and asks whether classical composers can ever truly get it right

SIR JOHN TAVENER

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Ivan Moody traces the evolution of Tavener’s style; Caroline Gill reflects on the creation of The Veil of the Temple; plus, musical collaborators and friends of the great composer pay tribute

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 39 Nikolai Lugansky and Geoffrey Norris untangle the knots of notes in Prokofiev’s Third Concerto

SESSION REPORT

Pianist Kit Armstrong records his muchanticipated solo debut for Sony Classical

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ICONS

Philip Kennicott on the ‘lion of early music’: harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt

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CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 72 Geraint Lewis surveys the key works and recordings of Robin Holloway – a true individual

MUSICIAN’S DIARY

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Record producer Andrew Keener on collaborating with Sir Neville Marriner and Daniel Barenboim

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 88 Rob Cowan and David Threasher discuss Toscanini’s Verdi Requiem from 1951

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 90 James Jolly is your guide through the world of scenas and solo canatas written for the concert hall

MUSICAL JOURNEYS

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Dame Felicity Lott’s final Wigmore Hall recital; Martha Argerich and friends in Paris

HIGH FIDELITY

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A round-up of the best hi-fi products of 2013 plus reviews of Meridian’s Director DAC and Peachtree Audio’s nova125 amplifier

NEW RELEASES

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REVIEWS INDEX

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LETTERS & OBITUARIES 119 MY MUSIC 122 Pharmacologist and philanthropist Sir Ralph Kohn on his baritone aspirations and the music of Bach

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