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The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Mirga Gra²ynite . -Tyla conducts the CBSO in revelatory accounts of two symphonies by Mieczysław Weinberg, putting the composer firmly on the map in his centenary year


Jukka-Pekka Saraste’s Beethoven symphonies; Augustin Hadelich plays Brahms and Ligeti; Mahler from Les Siècles; new albums from saxophonists Amy Dickson and Jess Gillam


Renaud Capuçon and David Fray play Bach; Kissin and the Emersons in concert in New York


Rachel Podger plays Bach; complete Couperin from Carole Cerasi; the prolific Boris Giltburg plays Rachmaninov; Buniatishvili’s Schubert


Two reconstructions of Bach’s St Mark Passion; the Odyssean Ensemble’s Byrd; a Sondheim double bill


Auber’s La Sirène; Sir Mark Elder directs Donizetti’s little-known L’ange de Niseda

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


Seiji Ozawa’s complete DG recordings; Robert Casadesus’s Columbia Album Collection



Historic conductors; live Michelangeli

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Mark Pullinger and Tim Ashley compare notes on Sir Colin Davis’s pioneering Berlioz Les Troyens


Opera in brief; Howard Skempton in conversation

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION A guide to Ockeghem’s Requiem on record



All the latest classical music news, and more

PAVAROTTI’S GREATEST ROLES As a new film about Pavarotti’s life is released, we ask critics to each name the role that best defines this exceptional tenor – plus, legendary producer Michael Haas reflects on working with the star on Sir Georg Solti’s recording of Otello

MUSIC FOR A CORONATION Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli forces have chosen the best 20th-century coronation music and used it to recreate a coronation service for the 21st century, recorded live at Ely Cathedral – Jeremy Nicholas was there


The cellist Matthew Barley reveres Isserlis’s version of The Protecting Veil, but that hasn’t stopped him from recording his own version of it – and also experimenting with lots more besides, as he tells Charlotte Gardner

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE Soprano Lise Davidsen and James Jolly meet in Copenhagen to discuss Strauss’s Four Last Songs


Lindsay Kemp sings the praises of that influential pioneer of early music, Christopher Hogwood

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS Richard Whitehouse explores the music of the significant Danish composer Poul Ruders


Where can Die Fledermaus lead us? According to Richard Bratby, to Offenbach, Suppé … even G&S



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