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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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RECORDING OF THE MONTH 22 Alina Ibragimova tackles Ysaÿe’s solo sonatas

ORCHESTRAL

Schubert’s Ninth from Abbado; Norrington conducts Haydn’s Paris Symphonies; a new Nielsen cycle from Storgårds and the BBCSO

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CHAMBER

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A Schubert Quintet from the Kuijkens; Ensemble Signal in Reich; The Borodin Quartet embark on a new Shostakovich cycle on Decca

INSTRUMENTAL

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Menahem Pressler in Mozart; solo Glass from Tim Fain; Alexei Lubimov’s ‘Concord’; virtuoso harp arrangements from Xavier de Maistre

VOCAL

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MacMillan’s St Luke Passion; Pärt from the Bavarian Radio Chorus; a final Verdi Requiem from Maazel; Concerto Caledonia’s Purcell

REISSUES

Remastered gems on Warner Classics and a major Charles Grove restrospective

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OPERA

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A major new Vinci release from Decca; two Lears on DVD; Domingo’s Nabucco; Elizabeth Watts in Mozart; Brokeback Mountain on DVD

REPLAY

Important recordings of string players back in the catalogue, including the LaSalle and Amadeus Quartets, and Henryk Szeryng

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BOOKS

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Philip Glass’s revealing new autobiography; a major new study of Bartók as man and musician

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 102 Bryce Morrison surveys the available recordings of Rachmaninov’s Etudes-tableaux, Op 39

JONAS KAUFMANN

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As the star turn at this year’s Last Night of the Proms and with a new album of Puccini arias about to be released, Jonas Kaufmann has the world at his feet, finds Warwick Thompson

BERGEN PHILHARMONIC 16 As it celebrates its 250th birthday the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra has both a proud history and bright future, says Harriet Smith

PROMS LISTENING GUIDE 19 Follow the festival on radio, on TV and online

ALINA IBRAGIMOVA

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Hannah Nepil talks to violinist Alina Ibragimova who will be playing solo Bach at this year’s Proms and who has just recorded solo Ysaÿe

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE 44 Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is analysed by Arabella Steinbacher and Ariane Todes

ICONS

Richard Osborne surveys the career of Bruno Walter, who was talent-spotted by Mahler

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CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 66 Esa-Pekka Salonen is both a leading conductor and a talented composer, says Arnold Whittall

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 98 David Fallows and Ivan Moody return to Hyperion’s ‘A feather on the breath of God’

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 100 Caroline Gill looks at 10 of the most interesting performer and instrument relationships on record

PLAYLISTS

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Music and sleep; Australian music; Chopin legends

PERFORMANCES & EVENTS 111 The best classical music concerts worldwide

HIGH FIDELITY

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Reviews of Naim’s NAC-N 272 network music player and the Merlin 1 from Musical Fidelity

LETTERS & OBITUARIES 122 NEW RELEASES 125 REVIEWS INDEX 128 MY MUSIC 130 Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson

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