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CONTENTS Volume 96 Number 1173 EDITORIAL Phone 020 7738 5454 Fax 020 7733 2325 email 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, Lindsay Da Rè and Emma Baker EDITOR IN CHIEF James Jolly

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The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra give a magisterial account of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, one of the most compelling versions of the masterpiece on record


More Bruckner from Jansons; François-Xavier Roth’s impressive Mahler; Prokofiev concertos from Vadym Kholodenko; Eldbjørg Hemsing plays Tan Dun; Lucie Horsch’s Baroque album


Quatuor Diotima’s Bartók; the Jubilee Quartet plays Haydn; Richard Watkins’s ‘Romantic Horn’


Imogen Cooper plays Beethoven; Martin Roscoe’s final Dohnányi album; historic French pianism


Songs by Eric Coates; Rowan Pierce with her Purcell debut; Will Todd’s Jazz Missa brevis


Adès’s The Exterminating Angel; Jaroussky’s Cavalli; a chamber-scale Acis and Galatea


Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines


A round-up of four anniversary Berlioz boxes; Messiaen and much more from Yvonne Loriod



Leopold Stokowski in the familiar and the new

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Geraint Lewis and David Threasher revisit Richard Hickox’s Vaughan Williams from 2001


Gillian Moore’s book on The Rite of Spring; a detailed study of the Anglican choral tradition

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances on record



All the latest classical music news, and more

CLASSICAL MUSIC IN CHINA Does China hold the key to classical music’s future? As we witness major developments, such as Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s DG signing, Andrew Mellor meets conductor Long Yu, Yo-Yo Ma and others to assess the country’s potential impact on the global music community

ALBAN GERHARDT AT The German cellist talks to Richard Bratby about his Bach Suites recording for Hyperion, and the importance of championing contemporary works


From concerts to opera, from workshops to live-orchestra screenings, the classical music scene is bursting with activities this summer. For the best UK, Europe and US events, look no further!

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE Yevgeny Sudbin discusses the unique challenges of Beethoven’s Op 111 with Tim Parry


Mark Pullinger looks back on the tragically short career of the Italian baritone Ettore Bastianini

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSER Paul Kilbey gives a colourful overview of the music of the Austrian composer HK Gruber


Pergolesi’s Stabat mater inspires David Threasher to suggest a number of musical journeys, encompassing composers from Bach to Schnittke

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS HIGH FIDELITY NOTES, LETTERS & OBITS NEW RELEASES MY MUSIC Marc Voinchet, Director of France Musique, on his musical tastes – from Scarlatti to Snoop Dogg


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