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The 12 most highly recommended recordings of the month
FOR THE RECORD
The latest classical music news
RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Sixteen give a penetrating performance of James MacMillan’s Stabat mater, with the Britten Sinfonia and Harry Christophers
Jan Lisiecki plays Chopin; Elgar symphonies from Gardner and Petrenko; Sokolov’s live Mozart and Rachmaninov; new music from Kate Whitley
Little and Lane play Franck and Fauré; Haydn and Schubert from the Tetzlaff Quartet; Say’s ‘4 Cities’
William Carter’s reimagined Bach; Peter Donohoe tackles Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues
Arcangelo’s Couperin; Saint-Saëns’s songs with orchestra; ‘Queen Mary’s Big Belly’
A 65-disc set from Sony Classical celebrates the 175th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic
Bellini’s first opera Adelson e Salvini; a Handel pasticcio; Diana Damrau’s tribute to Meyerbeer
JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC
Expand your listening with recommendations from Gramophone’s sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines
More Michael Gielen Edition revelations; Walter conducts Brahms; Lili Kraus plays Mozart
The ENO Opera Guide to Rigoletto; Tim Rutherford-Johnson’s survey of music since 1989
GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION Andrew Farach-Colton compares recordings of Brahms’s First Serenade and suggests a top choice
As the music world marks the Italian composer’s anniversary, Baroque specialist David Vickers explores his work with its leading interpreters
LARS VOGT’S BEETHOVEN Acclaimed pianist and conductor Lars Vogt is clearly relishing his partnership with the Gateshead-based Royal Northern Sinfonia
As she releases her new disc of the Franck Violin Sonata, the ever-fascinating German violinist explains why she chose to record it on gut strings
THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE Cellist Johannes Moser explores Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations: starting with, which score?
Eugene Ormandy’s Philadelphia partnership was among music’s longest and finest: we pay tribute
CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS We explore the music of the Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa and recommend recordings
MUSICAL CONNECTIONS Following on from our Monteverdi celebrations, two playlists of madrigals ancient and modern
CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Debating the merits of Mariss Jansons’s Chandos recording of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5
THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE Take a walk into the forest to discover 10 works that capture its meaning, mystery and magic
PERFORMANCES & EVENTS The best live music on radio and online
The latest developments in audio equipment
LETTERS & OBITUARIES Gedda and Klemperer’s bond, plus praising Petrenko for his cherishable Tchaikovsky
The Archers actress Carole Boyd’s musical loves
4 GRAMOPHONE MAY 2017
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