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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Hugo Shirley listens to the complete symphonies by Austrian composer Franz Schmidt in a stunning recording from Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

ORCHESTRAL

Jordi Savall brings enormous character to Beethoven; Swan Lake from Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Patricia Kopatchinskaja with Vivaldi and more

CHAMBER

Brahms cello sonatas; more Haydn from the Doric String Quartet; Tabea Debus’s ‘Ohrwurm’

INSTRUMENTAL

Beethoven from Angela Hewitt; MacMillan from Stephen Farr; William Youn’s Schubert

VOCAL

Pygmalion sing Bach’s motets; Komitas from Latvia; choral music by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi

OPERA

Accademia Bizantina perform Handel’s Rinaldo; Axel Kober conducts an accomplished Ring cycle

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

REISSUES

Itzhak Perlman’s complete Sony recordings; a round-up of recent LP releases

BOX-SET ROUND-UP

A round-up of reissues focusing on Beethoven

REPLAY

Rob Cowan on recent releases from the archives

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Tim Ashley and Neil Fisher discuss Cavalli’s La Calisto from Raymond Leppard in 1971

BOOKS

A biography of Humperdinck; Prokofiev essays

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION Mike Ashman offers a personal overview of the recorded history of Beethoven’s Fidelio

REVIEWS INDEX

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FOR THE RECORD

All the latest classical music news

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 SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT BEETHOVEN LABEL OF THE YEAR CONCEPT ALBUM THE CATEGORY WINNERS

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE Guitarist Thibaut Garcia on the challenges of performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez

ICONS

Richard Fairman pays tribute to the legacy of the incomparable Welsh soprano Margaret Price

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSER Jonathan Shipley celebrates the output of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis

WHAT NEXT?

Geraint Lewis takes us on an aural journey with Beethoven’s Triple Concerto as its starting point HIGH FIDELITY LETTERS ­ NEW RELEASES ­ MY BEETHOVEN ­ Lord Mervyn King on the passion of the Seventh Symphony and the rewards of the Late Quartets

4 GRAMOPHONE AWARDS 2020

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