CONTENTS Volume 101 Number 1236

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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Jed Distler on a masterly piano recital from Behzod Abduraimov, featuring vivid and lyrical accounts of three narrative cycles

ORCHESTRAL

Bruckner’s Third with François-Xavier Roth; Elisabeth Leonskaja in Grieg and Schumann; Neeme Järvi conducts Lalo

CHAMBER

Xavier Phillips in Fauré; sonatas of Andreas Oswald; Faust and Melnikov in Schumann

INSTRUMENTAL

Mark Viner’s Alkan survey continues; Levit plays Mendelssohn; Martin James Bartlett’s ‘La danse’

VOCAL

Bach cantatas from Stuttgart and Weimar; Britten’s War Requiem remastered; Langgaard songs

ONLINE CONCERTS & EVENTS Andrew Mellor surveys online performances

OPERA

Paderewski’s Manru; Il barbiere from Vienna

JAZZ, WORLD & MUSICALS Reviews from Jazzwise, Songlines and Musicals

REISSUES

Rodzinski in Cleveland; the DG Avantgarde Series; Concerto Italiano’s Monteverdi madrigals

BOX-SET ROUND-UP

REPLAY

Rob Cowan on recent releases from the archives

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Jeremy Nicholas and Rob Cowan discuss Horowitz’s 1932 account of Liszt’s Sonata

BOOKS

The Strauss dynasty; a history of song

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION € Geraint Lewis chooses the standout recordings of Elgar’s Violin Concerto

REVIEWS INDEX

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FOR THE RECORD

Archive Bruckner on Somm, the complete Crumb and Rattle conducts Jenu˚fa; introducing the vocal ensemble La Quintina; where next after Verdi’s Otello; Timothy Ridout on his latest album; and James Jolly meets Semyon Bychkov

LETTERS & OBITUARIES € Memories of Maria Callas in Chicago, Bruckner on record, great organists, remembering Mildred Miller and Hermann Baumann

ASMIK GRIGORIAN

Mark Pullinger meets soprano Asmik Grigorian, who won a Gramophone Award in 2022 and has now sets her sights on Strauss’s Four Last Songs

MARTIN JAMES BARTLETT Jeremy Nicholas catches up with Martin James Bartlett to explore the pianist’s new album of dance-inspired works by French composers

SMETANA: A CZECH MASTER Nigel Simeone provides an invaluable guide to Bed∑ich Smetana’s music to mark 200 years since the composer’s death

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE The score of Sibelius’s Lemminkäinen Suite is examined by conductor Susanna Mälkki and Andrew Farach-Colton, who both agree that the work is not performed often enough

ICONS

Michael McManus pays tribute to PolishAmerican conductor Stanisław Skrowaczewski whose career spanned the globe, from Manchester to Minneapolis and Tokyo

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS Richard Whitehouse surveys the musical output of composer Arlene Sierra: ‘a composer of consistent individuality and substance’

HIGH FIDELITY

The latest from the world of audio equipment

MY MUSIC

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The artist, illustrator and author Charlie Mackesy on music that inspires him

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