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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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SIBELIUS AT 150

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In Sibelius’s 150th anniversary year, Andrew Mellor looks at how today’s musicians are reinterpreting works that are so inextricably linked to the Finnish national identity

NELSONS ON SHOSTAKOVICH 16 Conductor Andris Nelsons talks to Philip Clark about why he’s the right man to record a complete Shostakovich symphony cycle with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for DG

RECORDING OF THE MONTH 20 Enthralling Shostakovich from Andris Nelsons

ORCHESTRAL

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Harnoncourt’s Schubert with the Berlin Phil; Nielsen concertos from New York; Pletnev conducts Scriabin; Janowski’s Symphonia domestica

CHAMBER

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Brahms trios from Lars Vogt and the Tetzlaffs; Argerich and friends live from Lugano; Onslow from the Ruggieri Quartet; four-hand Rites

INSTRUMENTAL

David Wilde plays Chopin; Stephen Cleobury in 19th-century organ works; a new disc of the Dukas Piano Sonata; Buchbinder’s Bach

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VOCAL

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Bach family motets from Vox Luminis; American works from Polyphony; Lieder rarities by Kowalski and Tomášek; Praetorius from Heras-Casado

REISSUES

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Karajan’s opera recordings on DG; Perlman at 70; mixed 20th-century masterpieces from Sony

OPERA

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Rolando Villazón in Mozart’s Entführung; Feuersnot on DVD; a new Jeanne d’Arc; Salieri’s Les Danaïdes; Hvorostovsky in Simon Boccanegra

REPLAY

More rediscovered gems from Melo Classics; a Camilla Wicks retrospect; Reiner rarities

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THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 40 Ravel’s Shéhérazade is brimming with fascinating details and challenges for mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, finds Joshua Kosman

ICONS

Lindsay Kemp profiles Dame Emma Kirkby, one of the great early music sopranos who remains a vital recording artist today

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CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 66 Famous for Alice in Wonderland, Unsuk Chin writes familiar yet unsettling music that puts her in a curious world of her own, says Gavin Dixon

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 98 Andrew Mellor and David Fanning enjoy a lively discussion on Blomstedt’s recording of Nielsen’s Symphony from San Francisco

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 100 David Gutman offers a guide to 10 recordings that best embody the spirit of neo-classicism, from Stravinsky to Knussen

PLAYLISTS

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Ornette Coleman; inspired by DH Lawrence; pianist Cordelia Williams’s tribute to Messiaen

PERFORMANCES & EVENTS 111 The best classical music concerts worldwide

HIGH FIDELITY

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The new network player and integrated amplifier from Cambridge; Ruark’s portable radio

BOOKS

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Andrew Mellor reviews James Rhodes’s forthright memoir, Instrumental; Mike Ashman welcomes a new volume of Berlioz’s criticism

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 102 Jeremy Dibble listens to the available recordings of Bax’s Tintagel and chooses his favourites

LETTERS & OBITUARIES 122 NEW RELEASES 126 REVIEWS INDEX 128 MY MUSIC 130 Singer-actress Jenna Russell on her love of Callas

4 GRAMOPHONE AUGUST 2015

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