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Volume 95 Number 1156 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 56 John Nelson conducts a phenomenal cast in an exhilarating live recording of Berlioz’s monumental Les Troyens

ORCHESTRAL

Mahler’s Second Symhony under Gatti; Peter Donohoe’s Shostakovich; Walton symphonies from Bournemouth

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CHAMBER

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A prestigious French line-up in Debussy; Mutter, Trifonov and friends in Schubert’s Trout Quintet; Handel on saxophones; a round-up of cello discs

INSTRUMENTAL

Robert Quinney’s latest Bach; Chopin albums from Nelson Goerner and Cédric Tiberghien

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VOCAL

Brahms’s English Requiem; a Martin≤ epic; Ian Bostridge’s Schubert from Wigmore Hall

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REISSUES

A celebration of the art of Moura Lympany

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OPERA

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Dvo∑ák’s Rusalka from Poland; Philip Glass’s The Trial; Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in recordings new and old; the latest instalment of Wagner’s Ring from Hong Kong

BOOKS

Chopin’s world; Mozart’s last decade

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JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC 122 Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

REPLAY

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The Amadeus Quartet’s complete DG recorded legacy, on 70 CDs; the Pro Arte Quartet’s Haydn

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 130 Mark Pullinger surveys the available recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, that seasonal favourite

NEW RELEASES

REVIEWS INDEX

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REFORMATION

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Fabrice Fitch reflects on the impact that Martin Luther’s declaration 500 years ago had on music

THE KING’S SINGERS AT 50 20 Jeremy Nicholas meets the leading male vocal ensemble as they celebrate their 50th birthday

THE TROJANS

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James Jolly travels to Paris to speak to the all-star cast of the Recording of the Month, Les Troyens

A CHRISTMAS ROUND-UP 30 Andrew Mellor listens to this year’s festive albums

CRITICS’ CHOICE

Our critics select the best recordings of 2017

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COMPETITIONS GUIDE 44 The Gramophone guide to the most influential music competitions worldwide

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 72 Michael Tilson Thomas on Schumann’s Rhenish

ICONS

Paavo Berglund’s legacy, by Andrew Mellor

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CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 94 The distinctive sound world of Tarik O’Regan

MUSICAL CONNECTIONS 123 Two musical journeys inspired by Martin Luther

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 126 Kirill Kondrashin’s account of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with the Concertgebouw Orchestra

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 128 Hugo Shirley explores musical depictions of Faust

PERFORMANCES & EVENTS 136 The best live music on radio and online

HIGH FIDELITY

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Our monthly offering of audio news and reviews

NOTES & LETTERS

MY MUSIC

The musical interests of Edmund de Waal

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