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The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

CHRISTMAS ROUND-UP RECORDING OF THE MONTH Mark Pullinger is thrilled by the sheer range of character in Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth’s account of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique


Amsterdam Sinfonietta play Arensky and Tchaikovsky; Glass’s Symphony No 5; Schumann symphonies from Gardiner and Herreweghe


The Nash Ensemble play Julian Anderson; Quatuor Van Kuijk’s Mozart; Diana Tishchenko’s promising Warner debut


Alkan from Mark Viner; Jonathan Biss’s final Beethoven volume; Piemontesi plays Schubert


A star-studded Berlioz La damnation de Faust; Gerhaher’s Schumann; two fine Farinelli albums


Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov; an Australian Tristan; the latest album from Jakub Józef Orlin´ski


Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines


Furtwängler, Walter and the Maggini Quartet



The latest batch of discs from Melo Classic

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Harriet Smith and Tim Parry discuss Pollini’s 1972 DG recording of Chopin’s Études


A classic Debussy biography translated into English; conversations with Harry Christophers

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION Strauss’s divisive Symphonia domestica on record



All the latest classical music news – and more

THE HOROWITZ EFFECT Michelle Assay interviews those who were closest to this ‘titan of the piano’, 30 years after his death


To mark the prolific composer’s centenary, David Fanning explores his hugely diverse output

THE ART OF ANDRIS NELSONS Whether he’s in Leipzig, Vienna or Boston, the conductor is focused on connecting with his players on a spiritual level, he tells Peter Quantrill

COMPETITIONS GUIDE Our annual guide to the best music competitions throughout the UK, Europe and further afield


Our experts pick their favourite 2019 release

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE Peter Quantrill talks to Adám Fischer about harnessing the colossal forces of Mahler’s Eighth ICONS Tully Potter on Moravian pianist Rudolf Firku≈n≥

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSER Andrew Mellor on the ethereal sound world of the Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür


Starting with La bohème, Mark Pullinger takes us on an evocative listening journey across Paris

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS Experience the best concerts, in person and online


LETTERS AND OBITUARIES NEW RELEASES MY MUSIC Former BBC Arts and Media correspondent Nick Higham on Semele and his love of folk music


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