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Volume 95 Number 11 61

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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings of the month

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RECORDING OF THE MONTH 30 Christian Tetzlaff is joined by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu in compelling accounts of Bartók’s violin concertos

FOR THE RECORD

The latest classical music news

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ORCHESTRAL

Thielemann conducts Bruckner’s First Symphony; impressive Ferneyhough from Brabbins; François-Xavier Roth’s Ravel

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CHAMBER

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The Eybler Quartet play early Beethoven; John Jenkins from Fretwork; Zelenka Trio Sonatas

INSTRUMENTAL

Biss’s Beethoven; Franck organ works from Bjørn Boysen; James Rhodes’s latest album

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VOCAL

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Bernstein’s Mass from Philadelphia; Byrd motets from King’s; ceremonial music by William Hayes; Carloyn Dobbin sings Northern Irish songs

OPERA

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Meyerbeer’s La Prophète; Max Emanuel Cencic sings arias by Popora; classic Wagner reissues

JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

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Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

REISSUES

Karl Böhm’s complete opera recordings

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BOX-SET ROUND-UP

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REPLAY

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The bel canto violin of Alfredo Campoli; Wandy Tworek; further violin treasures on DVD

BIRGIT NILSSON AT 100 14 We celebrate the Swedish soprano’s legacy through the memories of her friends and colleagues – and, of course, her recordings

RODERICK WILLIAMS

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The engaging baritone tells us why he’s recorded Schubert’s Winterreise in English – and is then taking it on tour around schools

ANDREW NETHSINGHA 26 As the St John’s College, Cambridge release a disc of Vaughan Williams, their Music Director explores the role of his choir in the modern age

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 50 Gabriel Schwabe talks Gramophone readers through the score of Schumann’s Cello Concerto

ICONS

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Ernest Lough’s treble solo on ‘Hear my prayer’ has been adored for generations: we tell his story

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 74 An introduction to Olga Neuwirth, whose references range from Monteverdi to Miles Davis

MUSICAL CONNECTIONS 101 From songs in translation to May-inspired music, James Jolly invites you on two listening journeys

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 88 Paul Sacher’s major commissions explored

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 108 Two of our critics revisit Ivo Pogorelich’s 1983 DG recording of Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit

BOOKS

Stephen Walsh’s portrait of Debussy; a biography of the tenor Wilfred Brown

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GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 112 Mike Ashman guides us through the recorded history of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder

REVIEWS INDEX

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PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS 118 Our guide to what to watch – both live and online

HIGH FIDELITY

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Our monthly offering of audio news and reviews

NOTES & LETTERS

NEW RELEASES

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MY MUSIC

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Manuel Lobo Antunes, the Portuguese Ambassador to the UK, on his musical journey

4 GRAMOPHONE MAY 2018

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