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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 best recordings of the month, featuring repertoire from Corelli to Ligeti

FOR THE RECORD

The latest classical music news

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RICHARD STRAUSS AT 150 10 In Strauss’s 150th anniversary year, Michael Kennedy, author of two books on the composer, surveys Strauss’s legacy and questions why his greatest achievements are yet to be fully understood

STRAUSS’S GREATEST ROLES 14 Mike Ashman introduces six of Strauss’s greatest operatic roles – all created for women – and the singers who have best embodied them on record

RECORDING OF THE MONTH 26 Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin play Beethoven

ORCHESTRAL

Serebrier’s latest Dvo∑ák from Bournemouth; a collaborative film score from Philip Glass; a new orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures

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CHAMBER

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Hummel and Schubert on period instruments; the complete string trios of Julius Röntgen; transfigured Bach, Geminiani and Marini

EDUCATION FOCUS

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Caroline Gill explores the opportunities that being a chorister brings – opportunities that are, increasingly, becoming open to girls as well as boys

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 42 Edward Gardner analyses the intricacies of Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony, a work he has just recorded for Chandos

ICONS

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Bryce Morrison champions the inimitable Alfred Cortot, a pianist who, despite his tendency to be ‘careless’, is still one of the greats

INSTRUMENTAL

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Simone Dinnerstein plays Bach; piano music by a senior Isserlis; the live legacy of Samson François; new recordings from piano competition winners

VOCAL

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Beethoven from San Francisco; Leeds Cathedral forces survey Duruflé’s sacred music; Philippe Jordan conducts Verdi’s Requiem in Paris

REISSUES

Fritz Reiner’s recorded legacy with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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OPERA

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Paul Daniel conducts Britten with the Royal Opera and ENO; Handel’s Orlando in Canada; Jonathan Kent’s Die Frau on DVD from the Mariinsky

REPLAY

Verdi and Wagner from New York; Furtwängler conducts Otello in Vienna

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BOOKS

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Peter Dickinson reviews a new anthology of Bernstein’s correspondence; Jeremy Nicholas on a new biography of Hamilton Harty

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 96 Hugo Shirley surveys the key recordings of Richard Strauss’s opera Ariadne auf Naxos

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 64 Philip Clark has always admired the music of Helmut Lachenmann – but why don’t more listeners treat his work with the serious devotion that it deserves?

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 92 Critics Mike Ashman and Peter Quantrill weigh up the pros and cons of Bruno Walter’s classic 1938 recording of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 94 David Threasher chooses his top 10 piano quintet recordings

THE SCENE

The best classical music concerts worldwide

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HIGH FIDELITY

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Reviews of NEAT’s new floorstanding speakers and ATC’s all-in-one system

LETTERS & OBITUARIES 115 NEW RELEASES 118 REVIEWS INDEX 120 MY MUSIC 122 Zeb Soanes, the voice of Radio 4 news and the Shipping Forecast, on playing the Voice of God

4 GRAMOPHONE FEBRUARY 2014

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