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GRAMOPHONE is published by MA Music Leisure & Travel Ltd, St Jude’s Church, Dulwich Road, London SE24 0PB, United Kingdom. gramophone.co.uk email gramophone@markallengroup.com or subscriptions@markallengroup.com Volume 93 Number 1135 EDITORIAL Phone 020 7738 5454 Fax 020 7733 2325 email gramophone@markallengroup.com EDITOR AND PUBLISHER Martin Cullingford DEPUTY EDITOR Sarah Kirkup / 020 7501 6365 REVIEWS EDITOR Hugo Shirley / 020 7501 6367 ONLINE CONTENT EDITOR James McCarthy / 020 7501 6366 SUB-EDITOR David Threasher / 020 7501 6370 ART DIRECTOR Dinah Lone / 020 7501 6689 PICTURE EDITOR Sunita Sharma-Gibson / 020 7501 6369 AUDIO EDITOR Andrew Everard EDITORIAL ADMINISTRATOR Libby McPhee LIBRARIAN Richard Farr THANKS TO Hannah Nepil, Marija �uric´ Speare, Charlotte Gardner and Emma Baker EDITOR-IN-CHIEF James Jolly

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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 24 A brilliant Elgar Symphony No 1 from Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin

ORCHESTRAL

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An archive Chopin concert from Grigory Sokolov; Denis Kozhukhin shines in Grieg and Tchaikovsky; excellent Ibert from Neeme Järvi

CHAMBER

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Messiaen, Adams and Bach from the Naughton sisters; Bach on marimba and vibraphone; the Ebène Quartet and friends excel in Schubert

INSTRUMENTAL

Fascinating recordings for 78s by Wilhelm Kempff; characterful Smetana from Garrick Ohlsson; Yundi continues his Chopin journey

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VOCAL

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Bach cantatas from Masaaki Suzuki and a St John Passion from Peter Dijkstra; a moving tribute to David Trendell; Benjamin Appl sings Lieder

REISSUES

The mono era celebrated by DG in a 51-disc cube; Morton Gould conducting the Chicago Symphony; exploring Zubin Mehta’s Brahms

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OPERA

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Jonas Kaufmann’s thrilling role debuts in Cav & Pag; Max Emanuel Cencic makes the case for Handel’s Arminio; Carmen from Covent Garden

REPLAY

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Two sets explore the art of Evgeny Mravinsky; Serge Koussevitzky’s Copland concert from 1946

BOOKS

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Bach’s major choral works discussed by Markus Rathey; celebrating the magic of Beverly Sills

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 102 Jed Distler surveys the key recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations from the past two decades

NEW RELEASES

REVIEWS INDEX

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THE VINYL REVOLUTION 10 As sales of vinyl records increase and a new generation embraces the format, Andrew Mellor looks at what the future might hold for the LP

NIKOLAUS HARNONCOURT 16 Nicholas Kenyon pays tribute to one of the most influential conductors of modern times

CHAMPS HILL

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Harriet Smith visits a family-run classical music venue and label now celebrating its 100th release

MUSIC OF THE SUN KING 22 The world of Louis XIV is brought to life by Sébastien Daucé’s Ensemble Correspondances

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 44 Trevor Pinnock gets behind the notes of Mozart’s Gran Partita with Philip Clark

ICONS

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Why the honeyed mezzo of Frederica von Stade is a key ingredient of many great opera recordings

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 68 Andrew Farach-Colton celebrates the open-hearted music of Lowell Liebermann

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 98 Two critics return to Boult’s 1972 EMI recording of Vaughan Williams’s The Pilgrim’s Progress

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 100 Ten water-inspired recordings, by Lindsay Kemp

PLAYLISTS

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Listening guides featuring winds and the recorder

PERFORMANCES & EVENTS 110 The best classical music concerts worldwide

HIGH FIDELITY

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Reviews of Quad’s new CD player and amplifier, and Korg’s impressively versatile DAC/ADC

LETTERS & OBITUARIES 122 MY MUSIC 130 Julian Ovenden, the TV star of Foyle’s War and Downton Abbey, on his classical music upbringing

4 GRAMOPHONE MAY 2016

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