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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings of the month

FOR THE RECORD

The latest classical music news

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RECORDING OF THE MONTH 40 Schumann’s Faust cantata from Munich

ORCHESTRAL

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Latest in Eivind Aadland’s Cologne Grieg series; Debussy from the Singapore Symphony; first recording of the restored Royal Festival Hall organ

CHAMBER

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More Beethoven from the Brentano Quartet; Nightingale Quartet complete their Langgaard project; Reich’s Electric Counterpoint reimagined

INSTRUMENTAL

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Comparing Scarlatti sonata recordings; Schubert from Garrick Ohlsson; Jorge Bolet boxed-up for posterity; a rare Messiaen piano premiere

VOCAL

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Messiah from Emanuelle Haïm; Monteverdi’s Vespers from The Sixteen; Mark Stone sings Quilter songs; Renée Fleming celebrates Vienna

REISSUES

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Newly packaged recordings from Nelson Freire, Charles Rosen and the Vienna Philharmonic

OPERA

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A new version of Borodin’s Prince Igor on DVD; Glass’s latest opera in its world premiere performance; Holten’s Royal Opera Don Giovanni

REPLAY

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Treats from rejuvinated Russian label Melodiya; Mozart from the legendary Budapest Quartet

BOOKS

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Andrew Gant’s new exploration of the Christmas carol tradition; Arvid Vollsnes’s biography of Ludvig Irgens-Jensen in an English translation

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 120 Geoffrey Norris chooses his favourite recording of Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ

CONTEMPORARY CAROLS 10 Composers today continue to find deep inspiration in the Christmas story, as Ivan Moody discovers

WILLIAM CHRISTIE

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The man behind Les Arts Florissants shows little sign of slowing down at 70, finds Lindsay Kemp

CHRISTMAS RECORDINGS 18 A guide to the best seasonal offerings

CRITICS’ CHOICE

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Every December since 1955 we’ve asked our critics to choose their favourite recordings of the year – it’s the ultimate present-buying guide!

COMPETITIONS GUIDE 30 The search for the great artists of tomorrow begins here in our guide to the world’s best competitions

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 62 The score of Handel’s Messiah can still surprise, as conductor Emanuelle Haïm explains

ICONS

Organist Barry Rose transformed church music-making forever, says Andrew Mellor

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CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 84 Gerald Barry’s untamed scores breath new life into the music of our time, by Paul Griffiths

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 116 Beecham’s La bohème is re-examined by Mike Ashman and David Patrick Stearns

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 118 Jeremy Nicholas on orchestral Christmas carols

PLAYLISTS

Renaud Capuçon on his love for Giulini

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PERFORMANCES & EVENTS 129 The best streamed or broadcast events worldwide

HIGH FIDELITY

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New speakers from B&W; Cambridge Audio One

LETTERS & OBITUARIES 140 NEW RELEASES 142 REVIEWS INDEX 144 MY MUSIC 146 The founder of The Big Issue, John Bird, on his life-long obsession with classical music

4 GRAMOPHONE DECEMBER 2014

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