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CONTENTS Volume 97 Number 1178 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 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, Hannah Nepilova and Jennifer Tucker EDITOR-IN-CHIEF James Jolly

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The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue


RECORDING OF THE MONTH 48 Denis Kozhukhin plays a selection of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces and Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words with the sort of imaginative flair that brings music of lyrical simplicity vividly to life


A pair of fine Berlioz releases; rare Elgar from Martin Yates and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Stewart Goodyear impresses in Gershwin; film music by Gerard Schurmann



Music by Erika Fox; piano trios by Molique; some distinctive recent Beethoven albums



Two different approaches to Franck’s organ music; Francesco Piemontesi plays Liszt




Bach cantatas from Gaechinger Cantorey; Clara Schumann songs; a Schütz series concludes



A Cavalli double-bill; Die Zauberflöte from Salzburg; Richard Flury’s A Florentine Tragedy



Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines



The pioneering New Music String Quartet; Philippe Entremont’s complete solo recordings





A wonderful portrait of tenor John McCormack

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 120 Charlotte Gardner and Rob Cowan compare notes on the Alban Berg Quartet’s Schubert


A historical performance reference book; a guide to Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte


GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 124 Schumann’s Second Symphony on record




All the latest classical music news, and more


MUTTER RECORDS FILM MUSIC 16 The acclaimed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has recorded some of John Williams’s most famous movie themes, specially transcribed for her by the composer himself. Neil Fisher meets her

THE ART OF FILM COMPOSING 22 Gramophone’s James McCarthy explores how the film composer’s craft has evolved. What does it mean to be a working film composer today?

WHO IS KIRILL PETRENKO? 28 Who exactly is the Berlin Philharmonic’s new and elusive Chief Conductor, asks Hugo Shirley?

SEASON PREVIEW 2019-20 32 Our annual guide to the best concerts coming up across the UK, Europe and North America

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE 64 The conductor Andrew Litton pores over the score of Holst’s The Planets with Peter Quantrill



Joshua Cohen praises Ernst Haefliger, the tenor whose 100th birthday would have been this year

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSER 88 David Sawer has made significant contributions to music for the theatre, writes Arnold Whittall



With Messiaen’s Turangalîla as our starting point, our listening journey takes us from Haydn and Scriabin to Wagner and even Birtwistle

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS 130 HIGH FIDELITY 133 NOTES AND LETTERS 140 NEW RELEASES 142 MY MUSIC 146 Jim Maxwell on the parallels between giving a musical performance and cricket commentary


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