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Volume 94 Number 1140 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 46 Mahler’s Tenth Symphony from Thomas Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra

ORCHESTRAL

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Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis’s Brahms; Copland Vol 2 from John Wilson; a superb survey of Brett Dean’s music; Arabella Steinbacher’s selection of much-loved works for violin

CHAMBER

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The Parker Quartet’s compelling Mendelssohn; contemporary quartets surveyed; Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott unite in the studio

INSTRUMENTAL

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Kyung Wha Chung’s set of Bach’s Solo Sonatas and Partitas; vintage Grigory Sokolov; young pianist Pavel Kolesnikov’s stunning Chopin

VOCAL

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David Bednall’s powerful Stabat mater; Brahms Lieder live from Verbier; Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside journey with Schubert

REISSUES

Peter Quantrill sits down with his turntable to enjoy some of the latest offerings on vinyl

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OPERA

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Fiona Shaw directs Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia; a rare recording of Goldmark’s Die Königin von Saba; Franz Welser-Möst conducts Fidelio

REPLAY

Elgar in revelatory remasterings and the Végh Quartet in their magnificent prime

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BOOKS

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A biography of a modern luthier; the partnership of Pears and Britten as seen through their letters

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 128 Richard Osborne recommends the finest recordings of Beethoven’s mighty Eroica

NEW RELEASES

REVIEWS INDEX

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INTRODUCTION

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RECORDING OF THE YEAR 14 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 16 ARTIST OF THE YEAR 18 LABEL OF THE YEAR 20 YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR 23 SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT 24 THE CATEGORY WINNERS 27

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 64 Conductor Edward Gardner explores the fascinating score of Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder

ICONS

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A singer who introduced millions to the world of opera as part of The Three Tenors: José Carreras

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 92 The unmistakable simplicity of David Lang, one of the most popular of today’s composers

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 124 Reflecting on Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle as recorded by Berry, Ludwig and Kertész in 1966

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 126 Geraint Lewis offers a guide to Haydn symphonies that are unfairly overlooked

MUSICAL CONNECTIONS 135 Hugo Shirley and James Jolly make their own musical journeys from the same starting point

PERFORMANCES & EVENTS 136 The best live music on radio and online

HIGH FIDELITY

How streaming changes the way we listen

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LETTERS & OBITUARIES 148 MY MUSIC 154 The presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute Nicholas Parsons on his passion for jazz

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