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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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RATTLE IN LONDON

Sir Simon Rattle, recently named the LSO’s new Music Director, talks to Geoffrey Norris about his bold plans for the orchestra’s future

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MUSIC INSPIRED BY SCIENCE 14 Sarah Kirkup reports on an adventurous project which finds London’s Science Museum, Aurora and NMC collaborating around new music

RECORDING OF THE MONTH 36 Sensational Rachmaninov from Daniil Trifonov

ORCHESTRAL

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Barenboim and Dudamel in the Brahms concertos; Glass’s new symphony; Maazel’s final Mahler; more Prokofiev symphonies from Karabits

CHAMBER

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The Jerusalem Quartet kicks off a Beethoven cycle; Emma Johnson in Brahms and Zemlinsky; rare Wagner arrangements; Argerich’s ‘Carte blanche’

INSTRUMENTAL

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Organist Iveta Apkalna in Bach and Glass; a new set of Liszt’s studies; avant-garde solo bassoon; Toccata Classics rarities; Feltsman’s Schumann

VOCAL

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Birtwistle’s songs; The Sixteen’s Palestrina; Bostridge’s Schubert; Poulenc songs on Signum; ‘Joyce and Tony’ live from the Wigmore Hall

REISSUES

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Late Böhm released on DG; a magnificent set of the Beaux Arts Trio’s complete Philips recordings

AIDA RETURNS TO THE STUDIO 18 Sir Antonio Pappano has recorded Verdi’s Aida under studio conditions in Rome – Hugo Shirley went along to see how it all came together SEASON PREVIEW 22 Plan your listening for the 2015-16 season GRAMOPHONE AWARDS 2015 32 12 categories, 36 recordings…we reveal the shortlist ahead of the results on August 27

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 52 Marin Alsop on Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony

ICONS

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Tully Potter celebrates the artistry of violinist Itzhak Perlman on the eve of his 70th birthday

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 78 Arnold Whittall explores the music of oboist, conductor and composer Heinz Holliger

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 106 The merits of the classic 1961 RCA recording of Mendelssohn’s Octet from Heifetz and friends

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 108 Alexandra Coghlan on folksong in British music

OPERA

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Glyndebourne’s Rosenkavalier; Fierrabras from the Salzburg Festival; Albinoni arias; new Wagner stagings from Mannheim and Bayreuth

REPLAY

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A major new Irmgard Seefried retrospective on Eloquence; discovering Patrice Fontanarosa

BOOKS

Conversations with digital-age composers; Christian Thielemann’s ‘Life with Wagner’

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GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 110 Jed Distler listens to the host of available versions of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and picks the best recording of this piano masterpiece

PLAYLISTS

A trio of listening guides for streamed music

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PERFORMANCES & EVENTS 119 The best classical music concerts worldwide

HIGH FIDELITY

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Reviewing the Novafidelity X40 network server

LETTERS & OBITUARIES 131 NEW RELEASES 134 REVIEWS INDEX 136 MY MUSIC 138 Labour politician Ed Balls on playing Schumann

4 GRAMOPHONE SEPTEMBER 2015

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