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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jonathan Freeman-Attwood finds huge enjoyment in Sabine Devieilhe’s wonderfully sung album of Bach and Handel, with superb support from Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon

ORCHESTRAL

Gianluca Cascioli’s inventive Beethoven; Haydn from Heidelberg; more Florence Price; exciting Prokofiev and Schnittke from Cleveland

CHAMBER

Draeseke string quartets; enterprising Korngold; impressive Schubert from the Wigmore Soloists

INSTRUMENTAL

Fabio Biondi plays Bach; Stephen Hough’s Chopin Nocturnes; Alexander Gadjiev live

VOCAL

Bach cantatas from the Dunedin Consort; Vaughan Williams folk songs; American songs

OPERA

Massenet’s Thaïs on DVD; a Rosner rarity

JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

ONLINE CONCERTS & EVENTS Mark Pullinger surveys a rich array of web treats

REISSUES

Friedrich Gulda’s complete Decca recordings

BOX-SET ROUND-UP

REPLAY

Rob Cowan on recent releases from the archives

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED David Gutman and Richard Whitehouse revisit Munch’s 1959 Organ Symphony from Boston

BOOKS

Mackie on Mozart; a new look at Myaskovsky

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION Richard Lawrence trawls through recordings of Strauss’s Arabella and recommends his top choice

REVIEWS INDEX

FOR THE RECORD

All the latest classical music news

SAINT-SAËNS, THE ECLECTIC As we approach the centenary of the composer’s death, Tim Ashley celebrates the pioneering originality of this complex, contradictory figure

REDEFINING FINNISH SOUND As Hannu Lintu prepares for a new chapter as an opera conductor, he talks to Andrew Mellor about his meticulous work with the Finnish Radio SO

CRITICS’ CHOICE

We ask our expert writers each to recommend their favourite recording from the past year – if you’re looking for gift ideas, look no further! CHRISTMAS ROUND-UP Andrew Mellor once again reviews, with warmth and humour, the seasonal recordings for 2021 MUSIC COMPETITIONS GUIDE Our annual guide, outlining the top competitions in the UK, Europe, the US and even further afield

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE Richard Bratby talks to conductor Susanna Mälkki about her view of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra

ICONS

Gavin Dixon remembers Evgeny Svetlanov – master of the Russian orchestral sound CONTEMPORARY COMPOSER Jonathan Shipley explores the uncategorisable output of American composer Caroline Shaw

WHAT NEXT?

Peter Quantrill takes Berg’s Wozzeck as the starting point for a military-infused aural journey

HIGH FIDELITY

NEW RELEASES

MY MUSIC

Richard Carpenter talks about how a childhood of piano music and listening to close-harmony records led to his unique Carpenters arrangements

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