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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 26 Arcadi Volodos turns his attention to the piano music of Brahms, with extraordinary results
Beethoven concertos from Lars Vogt; Barenboim’s Boulez; Søndergard’s Sibelius; Kristian Järvi celebrates Sousa; Vaughan Williams from Manze
Bach Trios from Yo-Yo Ma and friends; Haydn’s Seven Last Words; violin sonatas by Leo Ornstein
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine plays Paganini; an inventive programme from pianist Shai Wosner
Currentiz’s Don Giovanni; a collectable Nutcracker
Beethoven’s Missa solemnis; Natalie Dessay’s Lieder debut with Schubert; Walton’s Façade
JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC
Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines
DG’s magisterial set of Pollini’s complete recordings; the Takács Quartet’s Beethoven
Cesti’s little-known L’Orontea; a classic Tosca reissued; Sir Mark Elder’s Lohengrin
Tchaikovsky on DG Eloquence; classic Schnabel
The interrelationship of music and fiction; the tale of a stolen violin in Min Kym’s Gone
GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 106 Andrew Mellor sifts through the available recordings of Walton’s thrilling Belshazzar’s Feast
Kate Molleson looks at the boundaries between classical music and other genres. Are they more porous than before, and how does that affect the way musicians work and the way we listen?
THE CZECH PHILHARMONIC 16 As this renowned orchestra issues Dvo∑ák’s Stabat mater on Decca, Neil Fisher gets to the heart of the ensemble’s sound and history
GRAMOPHONE HALL OF FAME 20 Our annual celebration of the figures who have shaped the history of classical music recording, with some recommended listening included
THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 46 Steven Osborne discusses Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, newly released on Hyperion
A celebration of Jack Brymer, the self-taught, much-loved and much-missed British clarinettist
CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 70 Exploring the fascinating, always-questioning music of Georgian composer Giya Kancheli
MUSICAL CONNECTIONS 97 Two listening journeys that draw on glorious recordings by members of our Hall of Fame
CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 102 How does Régine Crespin’s 1964 Decca recording of Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été stand up today?
THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 104 Brilliant Broadway musical recordings
PERFORMANCES & EVENTS 112 The best live music on radio and online
Ambitious floorstanding speaker by Q Acoustics; classic wooden ‘table radio’ from Tivoli Audio
LETTERS & OBITUARIES 124
Landscape architect Kim Wilkie talks about the importance of music – and silence – in his life
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