OCTOBER 1983 Vol. 61 No. 725


Rameau and the complete Stenhammar String Ouartets New Releases-LP. Compact Disc and Cassette releases for October Correspondence-Shostakovich Borrowings. Classical

Sleeve Design and more views on CD ... News and Views-Harnoncourt. Masur. Dorati. Tennstedt and many others feature this month Record Awards 1983-Analysis of this year's awards with detailed comment on the 13 winning records Ouarterly Retrospect-Brahms and Wagner feature in their centenary years Hildegard Behrens as Isolde-Behrens talks to Helena

Matheopoulos about the role and her new recording Riccardo Muti-A discussion with Edward Greenfield about his operatic recordings for HMV.











Orchestral . .

Chamber ..


Choral and Song


Brief Reviews

Nights at the Round Table

Cassette Commentary

Spoken Word

Easy Listening

469 60 Years of GRAMOPHONE

490 The Pre-War Years


506 Tannoy in Scotland visited by

515 John Gilbert

526 Equipment Reviews

532 Denon DP-57L turntable

Denon D L- 301 cartridge

533 Fisher AD800 Compact Disc player

549 550

534 Sansui AU-D55X amplifier

537 Sansui TU-S55XL tuner

541 New Products



The i l lustration from the box-front of the new Philips set of "Tristan und Isolde" conducted by Leonard Bernstein heralds Alan Blyth's review of the opera on page 531 Hildegard Behrens, who is the Isolde for this recording, is interviewed by Helena Matheopoulos on page 463.


A feature interview with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa by Alan Blyth concentrates on her new recording of Puccini's "La Rondine" for CBS. Other features include audio reports from the Berlin and Heathrow shows. The November 1983 issue will be published on Wednesday November 2nd.

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