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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 28 Pianist Nicholas Angelich’s superb exploration of three pillars of the Romantic repertoire for Erato

ORCHESTRAL

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Gál’s glorious piano concerto; four magnificent Nørgård symphonies on two releases; lesserknown 18th century composers; Bruckner and Wagner from Thielemann in Dresden

CHAMBER

50

An impressive debut by the Varèse Quartet; Brahms and Bruce from Bliss; Butler’s Beasts; Argerich and friends are Live from Lugano

INSTRUMENTAL

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Brilliant Beethoven and Chopin from Budu; Osborne pairs Feldman and Crumb; an intimate lyra viol recital from Boothby; Katt on the organ

VOCAL

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Dufay’s later Masses get an excellent recording; St John’s launches its label with Harvey’s choral music; Reger in a fine disc from Bernius

REISSUES

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Bryce Morrison on Sony’s set of André Watts and Rob Cowan explores DG’s Bamberg box

OPERA

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Leoncavallo’s Zazà from Opera Rara; a strong case made for La Rondine; the elder Scarlatti’s genius revealed by McGegan; Domingo in Verdi

REPLAY

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Rob Cowan’s round-up of archive explorations, including Barbirolli in Nielsen and Mahler

BOOKS

A new Satie study from Caroline Potter and The Penguin Book of English Song

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GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 104 Nalen Anthoni explores the available recordings – and the scoring – of Haydn’s Symphony No 48

NEW RELEASES

REVIEWS INDEX

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NICOLA BENEDETTI

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Charlotte Gardner meets the violinist and music ambassador as she releases her new recording of Shostakovich and Glazunov concertos

MAX REGER

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The composer died a century ago this May, yet despite the advocacy of Schoenberg, he became something of a peripheral figure. Gavin Dixon makes the case for exploring his music

MUSIC OF LATIN AMERICA 20 As the world’s gaze turns to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics, Andrew Farach-Colton explores the music of the wider region

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 48 Hugo Shirley meets Imogen Cooper to explore Chopin’s Fourth Ballade, which the pianist has just recorded for Chandos

ICONS

Alan Curtis, musicologist, harpsichordist and conductor died a year ago. David Vickers pays tribute to this period-performance pioneer

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CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 72 In the composer’s 70th birthday year, Paul Griffiths celebrates Colin Matthews’s music

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 100 Carlos Kleiber’s 1975 recording for DG of Die Fledermaus is under the spotlight this month

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 102 Philip Clark explores recordings from the past 50 years where jazz and classical have met

PLAYLISTS

Ring out those bells! And more Max Reger

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PERFORMANCES & EVENTS 112 The best classical music concerts worldwide

HIGH FIDELITY

Miniature speakers and online listening

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LETTERS & OBITUARIES 124 MY MUSIC 130 Actor Martin Shaw on his love of singing

4 GRAMOPHONE JULY 2016

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