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Volume 94 Number 1141 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 SUB-EDITOR Marija �uric´ Speare 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 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 34 A double album of Liszt studies from our new Artist of the Year, pianist Daniil Trifonov

ORCHESTRAL

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A perfect introduction to Peter Maxwell Davies; outstanding Mendelssohn from Sir John Eliot Gardiner; a focus on recent Berlioz recordings; Alexandre Tharaud shines in Rachmaninov

CHAMBER

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Rachel Podger’s Art of Fugue; Itzhak Perlman and Martha Argerich join up for duos; Brahms from the Belcea Quartet; fin-de-siècle France

INSTRUMENTAL

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Mahan Esfahani records the Goldberg Variations; two takes on Beethoven’s Hammerklavier; DG issues a vintage Emil Gilels recital from 1964

VOCAL

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More fine Bach from Masaaki Suzuki; a survey of early-20th-century English choral music discs; Edward Gardner offers an impressive Gurrelieder

REISSUES

David Threasher gets to grips with Decca’s monumental 200-CD Mozart box-set

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OPERA

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Mozart’s Zaide from Ian Page’s Classical Opera; an enjoyable DVD of Rameau’s Dardanus; Christina Pluhar explores the Orpheus legend

REPLAY

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Conductor Georg Solti across the decades, plus a fine tribute to violinist Christian Ferras

BOOKS

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An examination of the impact of El Sistema; advice to musicians from Schumann via Steven Isserlis

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 110 Richard Wigmore recommends the recordings of Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn to own

NEW RELEASES

REVIEWS INDEX

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THE MODERN MOZART 10 225 years after the composer’s death, we discuss how our approach to his music is ever-evolving

REICH MEETS JÄRVI

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As Steve Reich turns 80, he joins Kristjan Järvi in the studio to record a celebratory album for Sony

RACHEL PODGER

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The violinist talks about her new recording of Bach’s The Art of Fugue, its wit, humanity and fun

EVENT STREAMING

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Our guide to the exciting world of live streaming from concert halls and opera houses worldwide

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 52 Conductor Semyon Bychkov discusses Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony

ICONS

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Igor Markevitch, a composer who went on to be much better known as an inspirational conductor

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 78 Sally Beamish and her creative spirit is the subject of this month’s modern composer focus

MUSICAL CONNECTIONS 101 Andrew Achenbach and James Jolly take Vaughan Williams as a starting point for a musical journey

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 106 Giulini’s 1971 recording of Verdi’s Don Carlo has always been hailed a classic – but is that right?

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 108 Andrew Farach-Colton sings the praises of some much-underrated American string quartets

PERFORMANCES & EVENTS 116 The best live music on radio and online

HIGH FIDELITY

The latest developments in audio equipment

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LETTERS & OBITUARIES 128 MY MUSIC 138 David Bintley, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director, on the joy of working with composers

4 GRAMOPHONE OCTOBER 2016

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