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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
Jordi Savall brings enormous character to Beethoven; Swan Lake from Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Patricia Kopatchinskaja with Vivaldi and more
Brahms cello sonatas; more Haydn from the Doric String Quartet; Tabea Debus’s ‘Ohrwurm’
Beethoven from Angela Hewitt; MacMillan from Stephen Farr; William Youn’s Schubert
Pygmalion sing Bach’s motets; Komitas from Latvia; choral music by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
Accademia Bizantina perform Handel’s Rinaldo; Axel Kober conducts an accomplished Ring cycle
JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines
Itzhak Perlman’s complete Sony recordings; a round-up of recent LP releases
A round-up of reissues focusing on Beethoven
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
A biography of Humperdinck; Prokofiev essays
GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION Mike Ashman offers a personal overview of the recorded history of Beethoven’s Fidelio
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
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
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
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