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Editor’s choice

The 12 most highly recommended recordings of the month

For the record

The latest classical music news



cording of the month 20 Batiashvili and Barenboim weave a magical spell in the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius violin concertos orchestral


Live Harnoncourt Beethoven; Zoltán Kocsis’s final recording; Adam Fischer’s magnificent Mahler; recorder player Lucie Horsch’s debut Chamber 42 American adventures from the Neave Trio; rarities by Gál; cream-of-the-crop Ligeti Instrumental 54 Paavali Jumppanen completes his Beethoven sonata cycle; the start of new Woelfl pilgrimage; Barenboim presents his new ‘dream’ piano vocal


Beauty Farm’s Gombert; Anne Sofie von Otter’s eclectic, pop- and jazz-infused ‘So Many Things’

lp releases


Simon Rattle’s direct-to-disc Brahms symphony cycle from Berlin; a return to LP by Karajan OPERA 82 An approachable Lulu from the Met; Glass’s Einstein on the Beach; Filippo Mineccia’s Jommelli REISUES 92 A 50-disc centenary celebration of Emil Gilels; RCA Red Seal’s Living Stereo collection REPLAY 98 Zuzana Ru˚�i∂ková’s sublime complete Bach; the first complete Tchaikovsky Manfred BOKS 100 David Wyn Jones’s slant on Viennese musical life; Edward Blakeman on an influential English flautist gramophone Collection 106 Fabrice Fitch listens to recordings of Biber’s Mystery Sonatas for scordatura violin and chooses the best NEW Releases 124 Reviews Index 128

toasting toscanini


In the year the great maestro would have turned 150, Richard Osborne explores the enormous contribution Toscanini made to recordings and broadcasts, and the profound legacy he left behind countertenor cool 16 Life is rosy for Iestyn Davies, who’s in demand in the concert hall, opera house and West End, and who has just recorded an album of solo Bach

Musician & Score


Russian-born Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg pores over the pages of Shostakovich’s ‘youthful’ First Piano Concerto with Geoffrey Norris Icons 52 Jon Tolansky pays tribute to Grace Bumbry, the American soprano/mezzo who dreamt of becoming a Lieder singer before falling into opera, in the month she turns 80 Contemporary composers 62 Pwyll ap Siôn on the dream-inspired music of the Russian-born American composer Lera Auerbach musical connections 97 Toscanini’s Otello begins two different journeys Classics Reconsidered 102 Mike Ashman and David Patrick Stearns weigh up the pros and cons of Serafin’s recording of Rigoletto on EMI, starring the dream team of Gobbi, Di Stefano and Callas The Specialist’s Guide 104 Never mind the post-Christmas slump, says Jeremy Nicholas – there’s wintry music aplenty to warm the heart (even if it’s not played very often) Performances & EventS 112 The best live music on radio and online High Fidelity 115 The latest developments in audio equipment LEtters & Obituaries 122 my music 130 Lush founder Mark Constantine on launching his own label and the pleasures of birdsong

4 GRAMOPHONE january 2017

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