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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

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RECORDING OF THE MONTH 38 Ian Page and his Mozartists offer a delightful insight into the youthful Mozart and the music he might have encountered on his London visit

ORCHESTRAL

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Claudio Abbado’s farewell to Berlin; Denis Kozhukhin’s impressive Ravel; a rewarding and wide-ranging album from violinist Ayana Tsuji

CHAMBER

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Ensemble Amarillis explore Handel; the Gould Piano Trio’s Saint-Saëns; percussion’s diversity

INSTRUMENTAL

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Bach on clavichord by Menno van Delft; last month’s One to Watch Aimi Kobayashi’s album

VOCAL

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William Mundy’s music from Edinburgh; Ian Bostridge’s Schubert series continues; Clare College, Cambridge reach Trinity Sunday

OPERA

Mark Elder conducts Das Rheingold; the first recording of Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers

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JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

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Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

REISSUES

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A cappella stars The King’s Singers are celebrated by box-sets from both Warner Classics and RCA

BOX-SET ROUND-UP

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REPLAY

Beecham in concert; Sargent conducts Elgar

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CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 104 Revisiting Claudio Abbado’s 1977 La Scala recording of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra

BOOKS

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A biography of critic Ernest Newman, and the history of French song from the 12th century

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 108 Jeremy Nicholas names his favourite recordings of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No 1

REVIEWS INDEX

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FOR THE RECORD

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The latest classical music news, and the second instalment of our new features: this month we tell the story of the Academy of Ancient Music, and in our focus on musical genres, we unpack the history of the prelude

PERCUSSION

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Leading soloists tell Andrew Mellor how technical and musical developments have been igniting composers’ curiosities and attracting new audiences to this vibrant musical area

OPERA RARA

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Richard Lawrence celebrates the pioneering label, whose fearless approach to little-known operas has resulted in many superb studio recordings

THE MARIAN CONSORT 32 The group’s director Rory McCleery talks about recording Allegri, James MacMillan and a new commission from Gabriel Jackson

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 54 Joshua Bell on the challenges and joy of recording Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy for Sony Classical

ICONS

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The legacy of Giuseppe Sinopoli, a conductor who remains an enigmatic and controversial figure

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 76 Jörg Widmann’s unique sound world is explored and explained by Peter Quantrill

WHAT NEXT?

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A musical journey inspired by Mozart’s Requiem

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS 114 What to watch, and when – 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

Folk singer Sam Lee shares his musical roots

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