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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Edward Breen is excited by a stunningly performed programme from Le Poème Harmonique and Vincent Dumestre charting the overlaps between sacred and secular music from 17th-century Italy

ORCHESTRAL

Edward Gardner’s Brahms symphonies; Gabriela Montero plays Ravel and her own concerto; Anne-Sophie Mutter plays John Williams

CHAMBER

The London Haydn Quartet’s latest album; Tchaikovsky’s string quartets; a Mozart round-up

INSTRUMENTAL

Pavel Kolesnikov’s absorbing Chopin; Moniuszko from Cyprien Katsaris; David Fung’s Mozart

VOCAL

Gesualdo from Exaudi; Ian Bostridge revisits Winterreise; a soirée with Ko¯ená and Rattle

OPERA

Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane; latest Mozart from Yannick Nézet-Séguin; a Puccini rarity

JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC



Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

REISSUES



Gordon Fergus-Thompson revisited; a lavish Horowitz set; vintage Glyndebourne on film

BOX-SET ROUND-UP

REPLAY

Some masters of the violin; Böhm in Dresden

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Richard Whitehouse and David Gutman listen afresh to Georges Prêtre’s 1961 Poulenc Gloria

BOOKS

A delightful collection of essays from pianist Stephen Hough; a philosophical study of listening

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION Mendelssohn’s E minor Violin Concerto

REVIEWS INDEX

FOR THE RECORD

All the latest classical music news, and more

Explore our in-depth coverage of this year’s Awards, including reviews of all the winning recordings RECORDING OF THE YEAR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR ORCHESTRA OF THE YEAR YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR LABEL OF THE YEAR SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT CONCEPT ALBUM THE CATEGORY WINNERS

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE Nelson Goerner on Brahms’s Piano Sonata No 3

ICONS

David Oistrakh, the all-rounder Soviet violinist

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS The enchanting world of Hans Abrahamsen

WHAT NEXT?

From Schumann’s Kinderszenen to Bach and Bartók

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS Concerts to hear and see around the world

HIGH FIDELITY

News and reviews from the world of hi-fi

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NOTES, LETTERS & OBITS NEW RELEASES MY MUSIC  British choreographer Wayne McGregor on the musical soundtrack that drives him to create

4 GRAMOPHONE AWARDS 2019

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