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The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue


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



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



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



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



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



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



Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines



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





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



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




All the latest classical music news, and more



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


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



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



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


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