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PROKOFIEV War Sonatas Boris Giltburg pf Orchid ORC100023 ‘Putting my head above a parapet, I have to say that these performances of Prokofiev’s “War” Sonatas (for Richter music that evokes “a world without reason or equilibrium”) eclipse all others on record.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 89

‘STEPHEN HOUGH’S FRENCH ALBUM’ Piano Works Stephen Hough pf Hyperion CDA67890 ‘There are some great performances here. Hough can be too coolly objective at times but in this repertoire the expressive simplicity of his playing can make your eyes burn.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 93

WAGNER Lohengrin Soloists; Berlin Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra / Marek Janowski Pentatone PTC5186 403 ‘There is a terrifyingly long list of worthwhile Lohengrin recordings, to which this newcomer is a serious competitor.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 111

‘AMORETTI’ Opera Arias Christiane Karg sop Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen Berlin Classics 0300389BC ‘The sparks really fly in the excerpt from Il sogno di Scipione, a metaphor aria where Christiane Karg lets rip with some dazzling coloratura.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 115

DVD/Blu-ray CAVALLI La Didone Soloists; Les Arts Florissants /William Christie; Clément Hervieu-Léger dir Opus Arte ◊ OA1080D; Y OABD7106D ‘This production makes a good case for what Grove calls “a rather uneven work”.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 109

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Reissue/Archive KHACHATURIAN. MUSSORGSKY. RIMSKY KORSAKOV Orchestral Works Czech PO / Zdeněk Chalabala Supraphon mono SU4094 2 ‘Provided you’re not monophobic, this exciting release should earn itself a favoured place in your collection.’

REVIEW ON PAGE 70

Reviewed this month: 16 Beethoven piano sonatas; 3 Prokofiev piano sonatas; 1 Chopin piano sonata

ORCHESTRAL

Celibidache conducts Bruckner on two DVDs; Ibragimova and Jurowski collaborate on Mendelssohn; Debussy Préludes orchestrated

CHAMBER

Exploring Enescu’s sonatas for cello; Schubert from Cuarteto Casals; Meta4 play Shostakovich; different approaches to Morton Feldman

INSTRUMENTAL

Beethoven sonatas from Guy and Roscoe; Stephen Hough goes French; Marc Rochester’s top four recent solo organ recordings

VOCAL

Bach cantatas from veteran Suzuki and newcomer Guillon; Ludus Baroque offer more live Handel; Barber choral works from America

OPERA

Verdi’s seldom-heard Giovanna d’Arco live from Poland; latest in Pentatone’s Wagner series; debut from promising soprano Karg

BOOKS

Stuart Isacoff’s unbounded history of the world’s favourite keyboard instrument; exploring Beethoven’s chamber music masterworks

REPLAY

Rob Cowan opens RCA’s big box of Toscanini and samples other reissued and archival delights from Paray, Mravinsky and Oistrakh

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE

Jeremy Nicholas is your enthusiastic guide through the finest forgotten piano concertos of the 19th century

THE GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION

Jeremy Dibble surveys the available recordings of Butterworth’s haunting Housman-inspired orchestral rhapsody, A Shropshire Lad

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