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Volume 95 Number 11 60 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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RECORDING OF THE MONTH 50 Mariss Jansons and his Bavarian Radio forces give inspiring and richly detailed accounts of Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Symphonic Dances

ORCHESTRAL

Bartók violin concertos from Renaud Capuçon; Rattle’s Haydn Journey; a soundtrack to Howards End; Yevgeny Sudbin plays Rachmaninov

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CHAMBER

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Brahms sonatas from Tasmin Little; the Doric Quartet’s Haydn; a round-up of piano trio discs

INSTRUMENTAL

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Joseph Kelemen’s monumental Bach; Pavel Kolesnikov plays Couperin; Tiempo’s ‘Legacy’

VOCAL

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William Christie records Bach’s B minor Mass; Benjamin Appl sings Brahms; Gounod cantatas and sacred works; Sophie Bevan at Wigmore Hall

OPERA

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Porpora’s Germanico in Germania; a Rossini rarity; a pair of star-attraction Verdi albums

JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

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Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

REISSUES

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‘Complete’ Debussy on DG and Warner Classics; a tribute to Christa Ludwig; André Tchaikowsky

BOX-SET ROUND-UP

REPLAY

Bruckner boxes; Kurt Sanderling Edition

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CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 126 Two of our reviewers put Carlos Kleiber’s Beethoven Symphony No 7 under the spotlight

BOOKS

Beethoven and the cello; a detailed study of Liszt’s symphonic poems

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GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 130 Richard Wigmore surveys the recorded history of Handel’s Saul and recommends a top version

REVIEWS INDEX

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FOR THE RECORD

The latest classical music news

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TICCIATI ON BRAHMS

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Robin Ticciati discusses recording Brahms symphonies with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and his new position at the DSO in Berlin

HAYDN AND BEYOND

As Paul Lewis embarks on a project to record Haydn’s piano sonatas, he discusses repertoire past and present

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FESTIVAL GUIDE 2018

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Everything you need to know about festivals large and small to plan your summer concert-going

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 68 Pierre-Laurent Aimard discusses the unique challenges posed by Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux

ICONS

A look at the tragically short career of the magnificent French violinist Ginette Neveu

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CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 92 Richard Whitehouse explores the music of the influential German composer York Höller

MUSICAL CONNECTIONS 101 James Jolly offers a listening list of Debussyinspired composers, then sets out to sea with British works inspired by the waves

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 106 Ten ballet scores compiled from earlier music

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS 136 Live music listings, plus reviews of Jonathan Harvey’s Bhakti and a rare Gluck performance

HIGH FIDELITY

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Our monthly offering of audio news and reviews

NOTES & LETTERS

NEW RELEASES

MY MUSIC

Dancer Akram Khan’s musical choices

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4 GRAMOPHONE APRIL 2018

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