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Volume 95 Number 11 49 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 Tim Parry / 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 26 Arcadi Volodos turns his attention to the piano music of Brahms, with extraordinary results

ORCHESTRAL

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Beethoven concertos from Lars Vogt; Barenboim’s Boulez; Søndergard’s Sibelius; Kristian Järvi celebrates Sousa; Vaughan Williams from Manze

CHAMBER

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Bach Trios from Yo-Yo Ma and friends; Haydn’s Seven Last Words; violin sonatas by Leo Ornstein

INSTRUMENTAL

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Violinist Rachel Barton Pine plays Paganini; an inventive programme from pianist Shai Wosner

LPS

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Currentiz’s Don Giovanni; a collectable Nutcracker

VOCAL

Beethoven’s Missa solemnis; Natalie Dessay’s Lieder debut with Schubert; Walton’s Façade

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JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

85

Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

REISSUES

DG’s magisterial set of Pollini’s complete recordings; the Takács Quartet’s Beethoven

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OPERA

Cesti’s little-known L’Orontea; a classic Tosca reissued; Sir Mark Elder’s Lohengrin

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REPLAY

98

Tchaikovsky on DG Eloquence; classic Schnabel

BOOKS

The interrelationship of music and fiction; the tale of a stolen violin in Min Kym’s Gone

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GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 106 Andrew Mellor sifts through the available recordings of Walton’s thrilling Belshazzar’s Feast

NEW RELEASES

REVIEWS INDEX

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BLURRED BORDERS

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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

ICONS

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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

HIGH FIDELITY

115

Ambitious floorstanding speaker by Q Acoustics; classic wooden ‘table radio’ from Tivoli Audio

LETTERS & OBITUARIES 124

MY MUSIC

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Landscape architect Kim Wilkie talks about the importance of music – and silence – in his life

4 GRAMOPHONE JUNE 2017

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