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Volume 96 Number 11 67

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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 32 Steven Isserlis renews his partnership with pianist Dénes Várjon in a typically imaginative programme featuring Schubert and Chopin

ORCHESTRAL

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Paul Watkins plays Finzi; Chi-chi Nwanoku’s Chineke! Orchestra in Rachmaninov and Sibelius; exceptional Saint-Saëns from Bertrand Chamayou

CHAMBER

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Boccherini cello sonatas; the Dante Quartet explore Stanford; a violin recital from Jiyoon Lee

INSTRUMENTAL

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Kim Kashkashian’s Bach; late Beethoven from Alexandre Tharaud; Hélène Grimaud’s latest

VOCAL

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Carolyn Sampson sings Handel; more Machaut from the Orlando Consort; Joyce DiDonato live

OPERA

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Bo Holten’s Gesualdo Shadows; a Mayr and Donizetti coupling; Birgit Nilsson’s live recordings

JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

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Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

REISSUES

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DG’s epic ‘Bach 333’ box; RCA’s Emanuel Ax collection; a round-up of recent LP reissues

BOX-SET ROUND-UP

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REPLAY

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A Rachmaninov discovery; Nikolayeva’s Bach

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 110 Two critics take a fresh look at Heifetz’s 1955 recording of Brahms’s Violin Concerto

BOOKS

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John Deathridge’s new translation of Wagner’s Ring; a compelling study of composers’ deaths

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 114 David Vickers immerses himself in recordings of Handel’s pastoral masque Acis and Galatea, and makes a top recommendation

REVIEWS INDEX

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FOR THE RECORD

All the latest classical music news, and more

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BACH ON RECORD

Ahead of the release of ‘Bach 333’, Nicholas Kenyon traces the history of Bach recording, from early pioneers to the period-instrument revolution, encompassing the most important Bach performers of the past 120 years

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INGRID FLITER ON CHOPIN 22 To coincide with her recording of Chopin’s Nocturnes, issued by Linn this month, the Argentinian pianist talks to Jeremy Nicholas about what this music means to her

LANGGAARD IN VIENNA 28 The Vienna Philharmonic and Sakari Oramo have moved on from their Gramophone Awardwinning disc of symphonies by Per Nørgård to Rued Langgaard; Andrew Mellor investigates

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE 50 Vladimir Jurowski talks to Sarah Kirkup about the challenges of facing up to years of accumulated tradition in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake

ICONS

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Rob Cowan on Polish-British violinist Ida Haendel, a pupil of Enescu who turns 90 later this year

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 74 Arnold Whittall surveys the eclectic music of English composer Peter Dickinson

WHAT NEXT?

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Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra is this month’s starting point for a range of listening journeys

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS 120 HIGH FIDELITY 123 NOTES, LETTERS & OBITS 130 NEW RELEASES 132 MY MUSIC 138 British writer Sarah Perry on the importance of music and the consoling power of Bach

4 GRAMOPHONE OCTOBER 2018

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