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EDITOR’S 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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TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

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As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first performance of Tristan und Isolde, Hugo Shirley reflects on the profound impact that Wagner’s masterpiece had on the history of opera

GRAMOPHONE HALL OF FAME 16 We reveal the 10 artists who have been elected by Gramophone readers to enter the Hall of Fame 2015, with commendations from their peers and suggested recordings relating to each entry

RECORDING OF THE MONTH 22 Revelatory Schubert from András Schiff on ECM

ORCHESTRAL

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Brahms and Bruch from David Garrett; Nelsons’s Manfred; Mahler Ninths from Elder and Fischer; Vivaldi played and sung by Dmitry Sinkovsky

CHAMBER

Schubert chamber works from Tasmin Little; Andreas Ottensamer explores Brahms’s ‘Hungarian Connection’; Phantasm’s Lawes

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INSTRUMENTAL

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Mahan Esfahani’s Archiv debut; Lisitsa plays Glass; Sapellnikoff rediscovered; Grieg from Stephen Hough; Sergey Schepkin’s Bach French Suites

VOCAL

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Original St Matthew Passions from Seymour and Egarr; Brahms and Dvo∑ák Requiems from Norrington and Herreweghe; McCreesh’s L’allegro

REISSUES

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Three new box-sets celebrating the 90th birthday of conductor and composer Pierre Boulez

OPERA

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Opera Rara’s Les martyrs; The Royal Opera’s Vêpres siciliennes; a ‘complete’ Guillaume Tell from Bad Wildbad; Gergiev conducts Shchedrin

REPLAY

Rare Stokowski 78s on Music & Arts; Enescu, Stravinsky and Glazunov on the podium

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BOOKS

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Peter Quantrill on a collection of essays exploring Brahms in domestic and public spheres; John Warrack on a celebration of Sir Charles Mackerras

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 104 A survey of the different recorded versions of Haydn’s Drumroll Symphony

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 44 Conductor Iván Fischer shares the intricacies of the score of Mahler’s last completed work – the Ninth Symphony – with writer Rebecca Schmid

ICONS

The soprano Elizabeth Watts pays tribute to a singer of another era, Gundula Janowitz, whose distinctive voice continues to inspire

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CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 74 One of the most popular living composers, Jennifer Higdon’s open-hearted music welcomes all listeners, discovers Andrew Farach-Colton

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 100 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf’s recording of Strauss’s Four Last Songs with George Szell is reappraised by Mike Ashman and David Patrick Stearns

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 102 Jeremy Nicholas recommends 10 works inspired by the British Royal Family, past and present

PLAYLISTS

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Alice in Wonderland-inspired tracks; music evoking love and death; English experimentalism

PERFORMANCES & EVENTS 113 The best classical music concerts worldwide

HIGH FIDELITY

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Reviews of Classé’s Sigma SSP and AMP 2, and Onkyo’s C-N7050 CD/network music player

LETTERS & OBITUARIES 124 NEW RELEASES 126 REVIEWS INDEX 128 MY MUSIC 130 Cathy Newman, the Channel 4 News anchor, on learning the violin and the marvel of Mutter

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