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The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Tim Ashley welcomes a recital from Théotime Langlois de Swarte and Tanguy de Williencourt re-enacting a concert put on by Proust


Manfred Honeck conducts Beethoven’s Ninth in Pittsburgh; Gil Shaham plays Berg; more Mahler from Vänskä; Simon Rattle’s live Rachmaninov


Rachel Podger’s Mozart; French music for flute and for wind; virtuoso dances from Linus Roth


Dinara Klinton’s Prokofiev; Ysaÿe from violinist Kerson Leong; Clare Hammond’s ‘Variations’


Arnesen’s Holy Spirit Mass; Schubert song cycles from Andrè Schuen and Joyce DiDonato


Alfano’s Risurrezione; Strauss from Thielemann


Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

ONLINE CONCERTS & EVENTS  Andrew Mellor on what to watch online


Ormandy’s legacy; two big Stravinsky boxes



Rob Cowan on recent releases from the archives

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED David Gutman and Andrew Achenbach revisit Arturo Toscanini’s live 1935 recording of Elgar’s Enigma Variations and assess its merits


Schubert’s Winterreise; a survey of minimalism

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION Falla’s El Amor brujo is under this month’s spotlight, with Tim Ashley our expert guide



All the latest classical music news

ANDSNES ‘UNBOXES’ MOZART Even Covid couldn’t put a stop to the pianist’s new Mozart’s project, as he tells Hugo Shirley during an autumnal walk in Berlin’s Tiergarten

RECAPTURING WILLIAM BYRD The great Tudor composer’s 1588 collection is a fascinating feast of songs and psalms, as Alamire’s David Skinner tells Martin Cullingford

BECOMING PIERROT LUNAIRE Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja talks to Andrew Mellor about fulfilling her dream to record, as vocalist, Schoenberg’s surrealist work MUSIC FOR A SCOTTISH KING  A pioneering project sees the Binchois Consort record Renaissance polyphony with the very latest in high-tech wizardry, finds Fabrice Fitch

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE Augustin Hadelich tells Lindsay Kemp about his approach to recording that most beloved of Baroque suites, Bach’s Solo Violin Partita No 2


Tully Potter pays tribute to the horn player Dennis Brain, revered champion of his instrument CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS Peter Quantrill explores the sound world of this month’s focus, Spanish composer Francisco Coll WHAT NEXT? Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements is the launchpad for Richard Whitehouse’s aural journey





From G&S as a treble to running London’s Barbican Centre, author and broadcaster Sir Nicholas Kenyon shares his fondest memories


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