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CONTENTS Volume 97 Number 1181 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 and Charlotte Gardner EDITOR IN CHIEF James Jolly

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The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH David Vickers relishes a charming and affectionate account of Purcell’s King Arthur from the Gabrieli Consort & Players under Paul McCreesh, with superbly characterful soloists and immaculate presentation


Andris Nelsons conducts Beethoven’s symphonies; a new Eric Coates series begins; the conclusion of Daniil Trifonov’s Rachmaninov concertos


Quatuor Ébène start their Beethoven journey; Argerich and friends in festival mode; violinist Tessa Lark’s highly anticipated debut disc


Haydn from Leon McCawley; Volodos plays Schubert; Alexander Melnikov’s Prokofiev


Palestrina from The Sixteen; Jennifer Johnston’s ode to the city of Liverpool; songs by Judith Weir


Mozart from tenor Daniel Behle; a major Stanford milestone; Weber’s Euryanthe, both old and new

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


Two repackaged Bruckner symphony cycles



The Ernst Haefliger Edition; Josef Krips’s Mahler

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED   Richard Whitehouse and David Threasher on the Zehetmair Quartet’s Award-winning Schumann


A study of Henry Wood’s promotion of Bach; the Cambridge Haydn Encyclopedia appraised

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 4 – which to own?



All the latest classical music news, plus a tribute to Jessye Norman who has died at the age of 74

RANA’S JOURNEY CONTINUES The prodigiously talented Italian pianist Beatrice Rana has recorded solo Ravel and Stravinsky, fulfilling her fascination with early 20th-century piano music, she tells Hugo Shirley

BUTT EXPLORES SAMSON    The Dunedin Consort’s Music Director has recorded Handel’s longest oratorio in the version the composer himself would have heard, he tells Gramophone’s David Vickers

THE ‘RUSSIAN’ PAVEL HAAS   The close-knit Czech quartet have stepped out of their comfort zone to record Shostakovich – and, as they relate to Richard Bratby, it’s been a joy

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE   Following on from their momentous Les Troyens, conductor John Nelson and Michael Spyres, tenor, talk to Neil Fisher about the challenges of another Berlioz work, La damnation de Faust


Jeremy Nicholas recalls the unique sound of US pianist Michael Ponti, both in concert and on countless recordings of (mostly) obscure repertoire

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSER Andrew Farach-Colton on George Tsontakis whose works already sound like ‘classics’


Fauré’s Requiem leads to Duruflé and Rutter

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS    HIGH FIDELITY   NOTES AND LETTERS   NEW RELEASES MY MUSIC Bookshop founder Tim Waterstone on singing along to The Lark Ascending on a car journey


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