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CONTENTS Volume 98 Number 1188 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 Mark Pullinger takes stock of Piotr Beczała’s embracing of the verismo repertoire, and is hugely impressed by the resulting album, Vincerò!, on Pentatone, with arias by Puccini, Giordano, Mascagni, Cilea and Leoncavallo


Yuja Wang and Gustavo Dudamel impress in John Adams; Stephen Hough’s Beethoven piano concertos; Bernstein symphonies from Lindberg; the first recording of MacMillan’s Symphony No 5


Beethoven from the Sitkovetsky Trio; Eldbjørg Hensing plays Grieg; British violin sonatas


Shai Wosner’s Schubert; a debut from Dmitri Shishkin; Rudolf Buchbinder’s ‘Diabelli Project’


Berio’s Coro from Norway; Howells’s magnificent Missa Sabrinensis; Arvo Pärt from Clare College


Porgy and Bess from the Met; a Morlacchi rarity; an all-star Die Walküre from Covent Garden


Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines


The complete DG recordings by Claudio Abbado



Paul van Kempen, Toscanini and Stokowski

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Rob Cowan and Andrew Farach-Colton take aim at Karajan’s 1964 recording of Debussy’s La mer


A Telemann compendium; music under Nazi rule

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION Jeremy Nicholas is our guide to Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini on record




All the latest classical music news



Editor Martin Cullingford meets the Scottish guitarist at Crichton Collegiate Church, just outside Edinburgh, as he concludes the sessions for his Delphian recording of Bach’s lute suites. Here is a musician who embraces early and contemporary music – and indeed classical and electric guitar – with equal passion


The Polish tenor meets Hugo Shirley to talk about his new album for Pentatone of verismo arias. This is repertoire he has been preparing for his whole career, he says, but the care of his voice has to come first (even before his beloved Jaguar)

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE Richard Bratby heads to Amsterdam to meet the vivacious members of the Dudok Quartet who offer him cake while delving wholeheartedly into the joys and challenges of Haydn’s String Quartet Op 20 No 4 – a work they have just recorded for Resonus Classics


This month, Tully Potter remembers the talents of Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux who, at his best, ‘illuminated everything he played’ CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS Vyacheslav Artyomov is best known for his seven huge symphonies, writes Guy Rickards in his tribute to this ‘Grand Old Man’ of Russian music


Korngold’s sweeping Violin Concerto is our starting point – where will the journey lead?



LETTERS AND OBITUARIES NEW RELEASES ­­MY BEETHOVEN ­Choreographer John Neumeier on taking on the Eroica for his new project with Hamburg Ballet


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