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Informed by our unrivalled panel of critics, we choose the month’s inest recordings

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SCHUMANN Three Violin Sonatas Christian Tetzla f vn Lars Vogt pf Ondine F ODE1205 2

HARRIET SMITH’S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 20

‘Christian Tetzlaff, more than any other violinist around today, is utterly attuned to Schumann’s idiom in these later works’

J ANDERSON Orchestral Works LPO / Vladimir Jurowski, Ryan Wigglesworth LPO M LPO0074 ‘Neither effete nor vulgar, this might just be the new music you’ve been waiting for, its wow-factor surface fluency only part of the story.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 24

SAINT­SAËNS Concertos Renaud Capuçon vn Gautier Capuçon vc Radio France PO / Lionel Bringuier

Erato F 934134 2 ‘An intimate dialogic quality comes through in Renaud and Gautier Capuçon’s beautifully modulated playing.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 34

GRIEG. PROKOFIEV Piano Concertos Nikolai Lugansky pf DSO Berlin / Kent Nagano Ambroisie F AM210 ‘In the Prokofiev,

Lugansky is on home ground and his performance blazes with conviction, a propulsion and energy complemented with an innate sense of poetry.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 28

‘THE LARK ASCENDING’ Tasmin Little vn BBC PO / Sir Andrew Davis Chandos F CHAN10796

‘Tasmin Little, an acknowledged standard-bearer for, and specialist in, British music, gives us a feast of works for violin and orchestra.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 37

PROKOFIEV. STRAVINSKY Violin Concertos Patricia Kopatchinskaja vn LPO / Jurowski Naïve F V5352

‘Kopatchinskaja makes use of a remarkable range of bow strokes and tonal colourings to give each episode its own vivid identity.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 32

‘SONNERIE & OTHER PORTRAITS’ Fantasticus Resonus M D RES10122 ‘The performances of Fantasticus are confident, stylish, beautifully articulated and convey a sense of genuine rapport – a most delightful recital of early-18thcentury French Baroque chamber music.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 48

MIKHAIL PLETNEV ‘Pletnev in Person’ Mikhail Pletnev pf Onyx M ONYX4110 ‘Mikhail Pletnev continually searches for what he senses has not been set down, offering the kind of musicianship that makes the odd foible irrelevant, even meaningless.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 57

‘BACH INSPIRATIONS’ Hannes Minnaar pf Cobra F COBRA0038 ‘The recorded piano sound is a real pleasure to hear; the programme is artfully conceived; and lastly, every single performance by this 28-year-old Dutch pianist is out of the top drawer.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 57

VERDI Simon Boccanegra Sols; Vienna SO / Massimo Zanetti Decca F b 478 5354DHO2

‘This new set has Thomas Hampson and Joseph Calleja in performances that don’t just measure up to the recorded history but shine different kinds of light on the opera.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 78

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DVD/BLU­RAY JS BACH Christmas Oratorio Collegium Vocale, Ghent / Philippe Herreweghe EuroArts F◊ 205 9508; F Y 205 9504 ‘This concert at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels is not only musically beguiling but also filmed intelligently.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 64

REISSUE/ARCHIVE GARY GRAFFMAN ‘The Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection’ Gary Gra fman pf Sony Classical S (24 discs) 88725 46239 2

‘After his long absence from the recording studio, this set provides pianophiles and those too young to have heard him with a forceful reminder of just how good Gary Graffman was.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 55

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