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CONTENTS Volume 97 Number 1179 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 Hannah Nepilova, Jennifer Tucker 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 Rob Cowan is swept away by Christian Tetzlaff’s thrilling Beethoven and Sibelius, in a superb partnership with Robin Ticciati and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin – music-making that eschews studio-bound calculation and safety


More Mahler from Osmo Vänskä; an enterprising Stanford disc from Ulster; a 25th-anniversary DVD from Verbier; a round-up of early symphonies


Alina Ibragimova’s Brahms; the Vienna Piano Trio play French music; Milo±’s ‘Sound of Silence’


All the latest classical music news, and more

AWARDS SHORTLIST REVEALED With the Gramophone Awards fast approaching, we unveil which 30 recordings have made it to the final three in each of the 10 categories


The German violinist speaks to James Jolly about his new recording of the Beethoven and Sibelius concertos, his passion for chamber music, and how he has found a new balance in his musical life


Ivo Pogorelich’s first disc for Sony; Mariam Batsashvili’s Warner debut; a pair of Czerny discs


John Nelson’s Berlioz Requiem; motets by Grandi; the State Choir Latvija sing Vasks


Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; Monteverdi from William Christie; a star-studded Lohengrin

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


DG’s Brigitte Fassbaender Edition; a 20-disc celebration István Kertész’s Viennese legacy



The art of Hans Rosbaud; pianist Pietro Scarpini

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Charlotte Gardner and Richard Bratby revisit the Amadeus Quartet’s Haydn Op 76


A useful compendium of Mozartiana; a detailed study of Stravinsky’s early years in America

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals on record


THE ‘OTHER’ STANFORD Jeremy Dibble explores the discovery of new scores which shed new light on this British composer previously known for his church music

IVÁN FISCHER’S BEETHOVEN Peter Quantrill meets the conductor to discuss his vision for Beethoven as he records the Fifth Symphony with his Budapest Festival Orchestra

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE  Charlotte Gardner pores over Brahms’s Violin Sonata No 1 with Alina Ibragimova


Jed Distler celebrates the performing and teaching achievements of pianist Gary Graffman

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSER Richard Whitehouse argues the case for the communicative music of Christopher Rouse


Pierrot Lunaire leads to Gruber, Cage and Boulez

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS HIGH FIDELITY NOTES AND LETTERS NEW RELEASES  MY MUSIC Actor Juliet Stevenson draws profound parallels between music and the spoken word


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