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Reviews 4 Index to reviews 48 Orchestral 74 Chamber 84 Instrumental 94 Choral and song 106 Opera 119 Collectors' corner 126 World music

Features 14 John Eliot Gardiner

Ever eclectic in his tastes, John Eliot Gardiner discusses his longstanding affection for Britten's music, his most recent series of concerts of Schumann in London and Handel's approach to opera

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40 Schubert

In the last of our three-part survey examining the music of Schubert, Hilary Finch discusses his vocal music with Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig, Ian Bostridge, David Wilson Johnson and pianists Graham Johnson and David Owen Norris

12. World music to Fran<;ois Picard explores the array of ingredients which have put France at the forefront of the world music recording industry. Reviews include discs of music from West Africa, Jewish klezmer and a reissue of a 1972 perfonnance given by Ravi Shankar and Akbar Khan