November 2011

Informed by our unrivalled panel of critics, we choose the month’s twelve must-hear recordings hoice

Recording of the Month ‘ The kernel of the unfinished Viola Concerto is its slow movement and I challenge any reader to name a version that is either more moving or more beautifully played’

FOR THE FULL REVIEW BY ROB COWAN, TURN TO PAGE 40

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‘The great cinemascopic vistas that are summoned up by those eight unison horns at the start are remarkable for their depth, breadth and thunderous immediacy…’

REVIEW ON PAGE 48

‘Hats off to the Royal Concertgebouw. This crowns what is without doubt the most impressive recorded restrospective of any orchestra ever undertaken on disc.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 54

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‘Individual character comes first. The Minuet is forcefully played. Constanze, who was having their first baby, thought some passages suggested birth pangs. But the Trio is solicitous.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 62

‘Lorraine Hunt Lieberson never recorded this in the studio. She rivals the famous recordings by Régine Crespin and Janet Baker. Her “La spectre de la rose” is mesmeric.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 74

‘Certainly not for the faint-hearted either in terms of its enormous scale or its spectrum of powerful, visionary espression. The impact is overwhelming.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 75

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