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Volume 94 Number 1139 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, Emma Baker and Charlotte Gardner 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 42 Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt offer rewarding Brahms violin sonatas on Ondine

ORCHESTRAL

Beethoven’s Egmont from Martin Haselböck featuring John Malkovich; filmed Mahler from Andris Nelsons; superb Sibelius from Osmo Vänskä; a happy anniversary to Florilegium

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CHAMBER

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A penetrating Schoenberg set from the Asasello Quartet; two takes on Steve Reich in his 80thbirthday year; making a case for Rebecca Clarke

INSTRUMENTAL

Barry Douglas concludes his solo Brahms journey; excellent Liszt from Irene Russo and Kirill Gerstein; Ulf Wallin excels in Reger

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VOCAL

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Matthias Goerne’s powerful Brahms recital; a brace of Rachmaninov Vespers; a beguiling Die schöne Müllerin from Robert Murray

REISSUES

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Bryce Morrison listens to major-label celebrations of pianists Martha Argerich and Maria João Pires

OPERA

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Two Mozart operas – Le nozze di Figaro and Die Entführung aus dem Serail – and Bayreuth’s Tristan und Isolde directed by Katharina Wagner

REPLAY

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Stokowski championing the music of his time; Ravel’s centenary marked in Moscow in 1975

BOOKS

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Roger Scruton explores the wisdom of Wagner’s Ring; Oliver Hilmes’s new biography of Liszt

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 112 David Gutman discusses the best available recordings of Shostakovich’s Symphony No 10

NEW RELEASES

REVIEWS INDEX

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BELL & ISSERLIS IN BRAHMS 10 Two leading string soloists, Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis, have come together to record Brahms’s Double Concerto and, as Harriet Smith discovers, it is a meeting of two very different personalities

JOHN WILSON ON COPLAND 16 Famed for his recreations of MGM film scores, conductor John Wilson is heading out into new musical landscapes with his Copland series

SEATTLE SYMPHONY

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Thomas May speaks to conductor Ludovic Morlot about how, by embracing the music of our time, the Seattle SO is finding new, large audiences

AWARDS SHORTLIST

The top three albums in each of our 12 recording categories are announced

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SEASON PREVIEW

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The key performances and events from the UK, Europe and North America in the 2016-17 season

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 60 Kyung Wha Chung explores the intricacies of Bach’s Chaconne in D minor with Caroline Gill

ICONS

A profile of Cambridge legend George Guest

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CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 82 An American master: John Corigliano

PLAYLISTS

Baroque flute; suicide in opera

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CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 108 Revisiting the Emerson Quartet’s Bartók set

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 110 David Vickers’s guide to Italian Baroque oratorios

HIGH FIDELITY

A new era for Denon; Arcam MusicBOOST

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LETTERS & OBITUARIES 130 MY MUSIC 138 Comedian Miles Jupp describes how singing as a child fostered a love of classical music

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