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CONTENTS Volume 96 Number 1168 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 AUDIO EDITOR Andrew Everard EDITORIAL ADMINISTRATOR Libby McPhee THANKS TO Charlotte Gardner, Edward Christian-Hare EDITOR-IN-CHIEF James Jolly

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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 Violinist Hilary Hahn plays solo Bach with an expressive urgency, combining a distinctive personality with idiomatic flair in a way that is both compelling and deeply touching

ORCHESTRAL

34

Zefiro turn to Bach’s Brandenburgs; Adám Fischer’s latest Mahler instalment; Vasily Petrenko’s Norwegian Scriabin; Yuja on the road

CHAMBER

The Arcadia’s Bartók; Isabelle Faust plays Mozart; Steve Reich’s Drumming from Kuniko

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INSTRUMENTAL

64

Chopin from Leif Ove Andsnes; Lugansky’s impressive Debussy; Jean Rondeau plays Scarlatti

VOCAL

78

Two accounts of Berlioz’s Grande Messe des morts; Josquin from The Tallis Scholars; Liszt songs

OPERA

Britten’s Billy Budd on DVD from Madrid; Wagner’s Götterdämmerung from Hong Kong

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JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC 103 Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

REISSUES

104

George Szell’s complete Columbia recordings; a celebration of Alicia de Larrocha

BOX-SET ROUND-UP

109

REPLAY

Some pioneering violinists; historic Rubbra

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CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 112 Two critics discuss Karajan’s 1973 recording of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, and its classic status

BOOKS

114

Alan Walker’s abundantly detailed Chopin biography; personal reflections on Shostakovich

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 114 Lindsay Kemp surveys the available recordings of Couperin’s intimate and moving Leçons de ténèbres

REVIEWS INDEX

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FOR THE RECORD

All the latest classical music news, and more

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IAN BOSTRIDGE ON SONG 14 The tenor, acclaimed for his thoughtful insights and penetrating interpretations, describes what makes song such a powerful medium, how poetic text and musical voice can enhance one another, and the varied musical responses to war

BERLIOZ FROM BERGEN 20 British conductor Edward Gardner tells Andrew Mellor about the attractions of working in Norway’s second city, and his new recording of Berlioz’s Grande Messe de morts

DANIEL MÜLLER-SCHOTT 26 The adventurous cellist talks to Richard Bratby about exploring his instrument’s large repertoire, working with his mentor Mstislav Rostropovich, and his new recording of Russian music

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE 50 Charlotte Gardner discusses the intricacies of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden String Quartet with the violinists of the Chiaroscuro Quartet

ICONS

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Jed Distler reflects on the playing of Julius Katchen, the American pianist who died aged 42

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 76 Paul Kilbey explores the eclectic music of German composer Moritz Eggert

WHAT NEXT?

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Haydn’s Military Symphony is the starting point for this month’s suggested listening journeys

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS 122 HIGH FIDELITY 125 NOTES, LETTERS & OBITS 132 NEW RELEASES 134 MY MUSIC 138 The children’s author Cornelia Funke reflects on the relationship between music and her writing

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