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The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Harriet Smith rejoices in the shared artistry of Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne in a delectable recital of French piano duets for Hyperion


All the latest classical music news


Giancarlo Guerrero conducts John Adams; Teodor Currentzis’s vivid Beethoven Seventh; orchestral music by Raymond Yiu


Francesca Dego plays Paganini’s violin; Steven Isserlis’s Proust-inspired album; Violins of Hope


Alkan from Mark Viner; Lars Vogt plays Janá∂ek; works for solo cello by Nørgård and Ruders


Vox Luminis sing Biber; festive Lassus; a welcome second volume of Vaughan Williams’s folk songs


Eva Zaïcik sings Handel; Wagner’s Lohengrin


Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

ONLINE CONCERTS & EVENTS Peter Quantrill watches a range of online offerings

LISE DAVIDSEN IN LOCKDOWN As the Norwegian soprano releases her new Decca album of Beethoven, Wagner and Verdi, she opens up to Neil Fisher about tackling ‘forbidden’ roles on record and her desire to be back on stage

STRAVINSKY AS CONDUCTOR With the 50th anniversary of Stravinsky’s death upon us, Peter Quantrill celebrates his legacy on record as a conductor of his own music

RVW’S FOLK SONG EPIPHANY As Albion Records releases ‘Folk Songs Vol 2’, Jeremy Dibble explores how the genre was crucial in establishing Vaughan Williams’s creative voice ARCANGELO: A TRUE PASSION Jonathan Cohen, founder of the 10-year-old ensemble, talks to Lindsay Kemp about their new recording for Alpha of Handel’s Brockes-Passion

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE Conductor Robert Trevino talks to Andrew Mellor about the challenges of Ravel’s La valse, which he has just recorded with the Basque NO for Ondine


Claudio Abbado’s recorded legacy with the LSO



Rob Cowan on recent releases from the archives

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Tim Ashley and Neil Fisher reassess the iconic status of Klemperer’s 1960s recording of Don Giovanni, originally out on EMI Classics


Aspects of Strauss; dramatic narrative on stage

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION Richard Wigmore chooses his favourite version of Seven Last Words, Haydn’s Holy Week meditation




David Patrick Stearns on Galina Vishnevskaya, renowned for her performances of Russian operas CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS Philip Kennicott pays tribute to Ned Rorem, ‘a composer who writes, not a writer who composes’ WHAT NEXT Gavin Dixon takes Górecki’s Symphony No 3 as the starting point for a fascinating aural journey









Academic and broadcaster Jerry Brotton sheds light on the musical world of Benvenuto Cellini


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