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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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ROBERT SCHUMANN

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Harriet Smith talks to three leading musicians – Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov – about their period approach to the composer’s trios and concertos. Also in this issue, Philip Clark explores the symphonies with Sir Simon Rattle, Heinz Holliger, Robin Ticciati and Yannick Nézet-Séguin

RECORDING OF THE MONTH 24 A Steffani opera from Boston

ORCHESTRAL

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New music by Byström, Francesconi, Chin and Thomas; latest Nielsen from New York; round-up of CPE Bach releases; Søndergård’s Sibelius

CHAMBER

Stenhammar Quartet finish their Stenhammar cycle; Giardini Quartet play Fauré and Bonis; Isabelle Faust and friends record Hindemith

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INSTRUMENTAL

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Olivier Marron plays Britten’s cello suites; Chopin from Luisada, Tyson and Beth Briggs; Marc Rochester on contemporary music for organ

VOCAL

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Britten and Schubert songs from Robin Tritschler, BBC New Generation Artist; German Lieder on Challenge Classics from Prégardien father and son

REISSUES

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Conductor Jean Martinon remembered in major reissues from RCA and Australian Eloquence

OPERA

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Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers from Naples; discovering Catel’s Les bayadères; Bocelli sings Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut; Frankfurt’s Ring ends

REPLAY

Richter’s complete recordings for RCA and Columbia; David Oistrakh in his prime

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BOOKS

A new study investigates the life and work of Harry Partch, Hobo Composer; Susan Tomes reflects on her career in Sleeping in Temples

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GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 102 David Patrick Stearns chooses the best available recordings of Nielsen’s Symphony No 3

WHEN HI-FI CAME OF AGE 20 As Decca releases a new box-set dedicated to its pioneering recordings from 1944-56, Mike Ashman charts the history of the post-war revolution in recording technology

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 48 Conductor Thomas Søndergård explores the ‘primal power’ of Sibelius’s final symphony, the Seventh, with writer Rebecca Schmid

ICONS

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Jed Distler celebrates the legacy of one of the 20th century’s finest pianists, Sviatoslav Richter – ‘a chameleon who couldn’t be pigeonholed’

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 78 A former viola player of the Berlin Philharmonic, Brett Dean is one of today’s most compelling composers, argues Paul Griffiths

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 98 The memorable 1950 D’Oyly Carte recording of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado is revisited by Jeremy Nicholas and Andrew Lamb

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 100 An array of music for forgotten instruments

PLAYLISTS

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Three themes to explore: seascapes in music; musical immigrants; and music from Hungary

PERFORMANCES & EVENTS 111 The best streamed or broadcast events worldwide

HIGH FIDELITY

Is hi-res streaming about to go mainstream?

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LETTERS & OBITUARIES 122 NEW RELEASES 125 REVIEWS INDEX 128 MY MUSIC 130 Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer on discovering the organ and learning Mussorgsky

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