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Volume 95 Number 11 53 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 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 54 Steven Isserlis’s superb second recording of Haydn’s cello concertos, this time for Hyperion and with some inspired couplings, gloriously justifies the decision to revisit these masterworks

ORCHESTRAL

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The complete Beethoven symphonies from Blomstedt; a Chisholm sequel; Isabelle Faust plays Mendelssohn; a pair of Prokofiev violin concertos; Bychkov’s Czech Manfred

CHAMBER

Lim and Lim play Beethoven and Mozart; Arcangelo’s Buxtehude; Tye from Phantasm

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INSTRUMENTAL

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Janina Fialkowska’s Chopin; Michel Dalberto plays Fauré; fearless Godowsky from Emanule Delucchi

VOCAL

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Robin Ticciati’s Debussy and Fauré; Mozart’s Requiem with dancing horses; a Hollywood Verdi Requiem; Baroque cantatas from Gdan´sk

REISSUES

33 CDs of live recordings by Günter Wand

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OPERA

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Thomas Hyde’s The Man Stephen Ward; a Strauss rarity; DG’s Lohengrin and Parsifal on DVD

JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

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Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

REPLAY

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Karl Böhm’s early years; Brahms from Bruno Walter; Otmar Suitner conducts Mozart

BOOKS

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Britten Studies; the writings of Christian Wolff

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 138 Hugo Shirley surveys the recordings of Eine Alpensinfonie and recommends a top version

NEW RELEASES

REVIEWS INDEX

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INTRODUCTION

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RECORDING OF THE YEAR 16 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 18 ARTIST OF THE YEAR 20 LABEL OF THE YEAR 22 YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR 25 ANNIVERSARY AWARD 27 SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT 28 THE CATEGORY WINNERS 31

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 72 Sir John Eliot Gardiner discusses Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, his still neglected Symphony No 2

ICONS

Richard Osborne pays tribute to the Italian conductor and composer Victor de Sabata

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CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 98 Paul Griffiths profiles the prolific Mark-Anthony Turnage

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 134 Two critics compare notes on Sir Georg Solti’s 1971 recording of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, the ‘Symphony of a Thousand’

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 136 Celebrating the unique qualities of the contralto

PERFORMANCES & EVENTS 144 The best live music on radio and online

HIGH FIDELITY

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Our monthly offering of audio news and reviews

LETTERS & OBITUARIES 156 Ashkenazy’s generosity; Elgar’s genius; Walton’s hasty retreat

MY MUSIC

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BBC Radio 4’s Today presenter Nick Robinson on the importance of music in his life

4 GRAMOPHONE AWARDS 2017

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