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THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORS

Founded in 1923 by Sir Compton Mackenzie and Christopher Stone as ‘an organ of candid opinion for the numerous possessors of gramophones’

Celebrating Schubert – and the greatest recording artists Schubert’s final year inspires wonder and a poignant sense of ‘what if?’ says our cover-feature writer RICHARD WIGMORE. ‘How anyone could ever have patronised Schubert as a cosy Biedermeier figure beggars belief. The overwhelming beauty and visionary power of these works seem more miraculous each time you return to them.’

By any measure of artistic achievement, the music written by Schubert in 1828 is remarkable. That it was the last year of his life makes it all the more astonishing. The F minor Fantasie piano duet, the final three piano sonatas, Schwanengesang, the Mass in E flat, the C major String Quintet – these works feel not so much conclusions to a short but brilliant career but rather hint tantalisingly and tragically at what might have followed.

MICHAEL M CMANUS, who writes about the great conductor Günter Wand for our Icons feature, described the experience as ‘a great pleasure, and really rather moving, to think and write again about my old friend, 10 years after his death…And to lose myself in his recordings, as I used to lose (and find) myself in his concert performances.’

Gramophone critic Richard Wigmore tells the story of Schubert’s final year, discussing those profound masterpieces with some of their most powerful interpreters.

Two of those artists, pianists Alfred Brendel and Mitsuko Uchida, appear among our nominations for the Gramophone Hall of Fame, our new initiative to celebrate the people who have changed the history of classical music recording. We’ve drawn up a list of musicians, producers and executives whose talent, vision and genius have enriched the catalogue from the earliest days of wax cylinders to the digital world of today. Many names – Callas and Caruso, Karajan and Klemperer – you will expect to find; others, many still performing today, may be more of a surprise. We’re asking for your help to decide which 50 will be the first to be welcomed into the Gramophone Hall of Fame. Visit gramophone.co.uk to find out more and to

‘We’ve drawn up a list of musicians, producers and executives whose talent, vision and genius have enriched the catalogue, from wax cylinders to today’

rstfi he which music, Villa-Lobos’s

GUY RICKARDS has long admired the controlled anarchy in Villa-Lobos’s music, which he first met in Stokowski’s recording of Uirapurú and his arrangement of the Modinha from Bachiana No 1. Having listened to nearly 200 recordings of the pieces, he has an even deeper respect for one of the greatest compositional geniuses of the 20th century.

let us have your nominations (voting closes a week or so after the publication of this issue). We’ll reveal the final list in our May issue.

Another wonderful artist is the German violinist Isabelle Faust. Chosen by Gramophone as our Young Artist of the Year back in 1997, she has more than fulfilled our expectations, receiving another Gramophone Award in 2010 for her disc of Beethoven sonatas. It’s

Beethoven she returns to this month, to the Violin Concerto, performed with Claudio Abbado

Beethoven she returns to this month, to the Violin Concerto, performed with Claudio Abbado and Orchestra Mozart. She pairs it with Berg’s Violin Concerto, which she talks to us about and Orchestra Mozart. She pairs it with Berg’s Violin Concerto, which she talks to us about in our Musician and the Score feature. Both in our Musician and the Score feature. Both are outstanding, characteristically intense performances – and the release is our Recording of the Month.

FOR THE FULL LIST OF GRAMOPHONE REVIEWERS TURN TO PAGE 39

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