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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 26 Thrilling Bach from Masaaki Suzuki on the organ

ORCHESTRAL

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Czech works from Anima Eterna; Gergiev’s Shostakovich on DVD; a Dutilleux duo; new Mahler from Utah and Munich; Foss symphonies

CHAMBER

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Fin de siècle delights from the Emerson and Belcea quartets; a trio of Mystery Sonatas; Perlman and Ax return to the studio; rare Romantic quartets

INSTRUMENTAL

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Lang Lang in Paris; Osborne’s Schubert; Cooper’s Schumann; organ works by Vaughan Williams; Tartini on solo violin; Roger-Ducasse rarities

VOCAL

74

Natalie Dessay in French song; Villazón and Flórez in bel canto and Italian song; choral works by Stephen Paulus; Schütz’s Exequien

REISSUES

DG offers a fine introduction to Tchaikovsky; Stephen Kovacevich’s Philips legacy explored

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OPERA

Jacobs’s Entführung; Mozart from Salzburg; a brace of Rossinis; a new Contes d’Hoffmann on DVD; Rattle’s Rheingold; Arias for Benucci

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REPLAY

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Peerless pianism from Michelangeli and Gilels; Rampal in retrospect; Scandinavian classics

BOOKS

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Christopher Nickol reviews a major new history of English church music; old age and the final operas of Verdi, Strauss, Messiaen and Britten

NEW RELEASES

REVIEWS INDEX

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AWARDS PHOTO GALLERY 11 Highlights from this year’s Gramophone Awards

MOZART’S OPERAS ON FILM 12 Mike Ashman looks at the evolution of Mozart opera productions on DVD and Blu-ray

RECORDING DIE ENTFÜHRUNG 16 James Jolly meets René Jacobs as he records Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail

FRENCH OPERA IN ITALY 20 Richard Lawrence reports on an Italian institute dedicated to recording rare French opera

ONDINE AT 30

Andrew Mellor celebrates Finland’s Ondine record label as it marks its 30th anniversary

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THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 44 Hannah Nepil speaks to members of the Belcea Quartet about Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht

ICONS

58

Philip Clark pays tribute to a pianist who blurred the classical/jazz divide: Friedrich Gulda

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 72 Pwyll ap Siôn explores the music of a composer who looks both east and west: Wim Henderickx

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 100 Revisiting Colin Davis’s ‘London’ Symphonies

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 102 David Patrick Stearns on unfairly neglected operas

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 104 Richard Wigmore surveys the available recordings of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante, K364

PLAYLISTS

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Tamsin Waley-Cohen on storytelling; a critic inspired by The Beatles; Boris Giltburg’s first loves

PERFORMANCES & EVENTS 113 The best classical music concerts worldwide

HIGH FIDELITY

115

Reviews of a new CD player and amplifier from Denon, and Astell & Kern’s personal digital player

LETTERS & OBITUARIES 124 MY MUSIC 130 Comedian and actor Alexander Armstrong on rediscovering his passion for singing

4 GRAMOPHONE OCTOBER 2015

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