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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH A generous selection of sacred music by MarcAntoine Charpentier, including three substantial and dramatic histoires sacrées, are given gripping performances by Ensemble Correspondances under the guidance of Sébastien Daucé

ORCHESTRAL

David Matthews’s Symphony No 9; sparkling Schubert from Heinz Holliger; an ear-pricking project from Il Giardino Armonico

CHAMBER

Complete Hindemith from Roman Mints; the Belcea Quartet play Janá∂ek and Ligeti

INSTRUMENTAL

Céline Frisch plays Bach; Konstantin Scherbakov unites études by Liszt and Lyapunov; the latest Schubert from Barry Douglas

VOCAL

Consort music by John Amner; Schumann songs from Matthias Goerne and Julian Prégardien

OPERA

Michael Fabiano sings Donizetti and Verdi; a Kálmán delight; Spontini’s Olimpie

JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

REISSUES

Bernard Haitink’s complete Bruckner and Mahler symphonies with the Concertgebouw

BOX-SET ROUND-UP

REPLAY

Some keyboard titans; old-school violinists

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Hugo Shirley and Neil Fisher listen again to Riccardo Muti’s 1974 recording of Verdi’s Aida

BOOKS

A Janá∂ek resource; a major Tippett biography

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION A guide to Brahms’s Four Serious Songs on disc

REVIEWS INDEX

FOR THE RECORD

All the latest classical music news, and more

ORCHESTRA OF THE YEAR We’ve named 10 orchestras which have had a extraordinary year – and are asking you to vote!

AMERICAN SYMPHONIES Why are so many extraordinary symphonies from 20th-century America so little known – and performed – today? Gerard Schwarz argues the case for a revival, particularly focusing on works by the likes of Creston, Hovhaness and Hanson

VOX LUMINIS AT

Lionel Meunier looks back over the story of his Gramophone Award-winning choir – and ahead to their next recording of music by the Bach family

HANDEL’S QUEENS

Sopranos Lucy Crowe and Mary Bevan, together with the conductor and harpsichordist Bridget Cunningham, pay tribute to two 18th-century stars

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE Conductor Thomas Dausgaard talks us through Sibelius’s dramatic symphonic work, Kullervo

ICONS

Tenor Mario Del Monaco, an acclaimed Otello, is celebrated this month by Hugo Shirley

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS Andrew Farach-Colton explores the music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe

WHAT NEXT?

Debussy’s only String Quartet is the starting point for an intriguing journey through the genre

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS HIGH FIDELITY NOTES, LETTERS & OBITS NEW RELEASES MY MUSIC Actor David Oakes on playing a composer

4 GRAMOPHONE JULY 2019

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