Contents

GRAMOPHONE

LETTERS

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The difficult art of ballet conducting EDITOR’S CHOICE 10 The best new recordings of the month

SOUNDBITES FOR THE RECORD

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2009 Gramophone Artist of the Year nominees revealed, how you can vote MY TOP 10 17 One-hit wonders: composers known for a single blockbuster success INTERVIEW 19 René Jacobs treats Mozart’s Idomeneo as if it had just been discovered DIARY 20 Summer is here and pianist Yefim Bronfman revels in the festival season ONE TO WATCH 21 American tenor Nicholas Phan PHILIP KENNICOTT 23 The musical blogger is both critic and publisher – putting objectivity at risk SIMON CALLOW 24 Fresh to the job, but not to the magazine – our new columnist has been reading Gramophone for 45 years THAT STRAIN AGAIN 26 Riding out the financial crisis THE GRAMOPHONE DEBATE 28 Did Kennedy’s Seasons change the musical world? ENCOUNTERS 32 How Korngold’s Concerto changed Philippe Quint’s life USA (North American edition only) A1 Marking the 70th anniversary of Cage and Harrison’s 1939 collaboration

FEATURES COVER STORY

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Marin Alsop is on a musical mission. For too long Mass, by her mentor and idol Leonard Bernstein, has been overlooked. Now her Naxos recording has the potential to change opinions THE OTHER BIRTHDAY BOYS 42 Anniversaries of composers not lucky enough to be named Haydn or Handel THE COLLECTION 44 Mussorgsky’s masterful Boris Godunov

REVIEWS ORCHESTRAL

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Bolton’s buoyant Bruckner Third; a thrilling Smetana selection from Noseda; London v Zürich in a Mahler showdown CHAMBER 62 Lawrence Power’s warm and purposeful Hindemith rivals the best INSTRUMENTAL 68 Piotr Anderszewski takes Carnegie Hall by storm; a dazzling debut from the ultra-talented Yuja Wang VOCAL 74 Gerald Finley is elegant and nuanced in Ravel; Stile Antico’s superb songs OPERA 84 An unmissable Adès Tempest, with an all-star cast conducted by the composer DVD 88 Stephen Cleobury plays King’s College’s grand organ with measured beauty REPLAY 90 Historical recordings for budgetconscious times BOOKS 95 Exploring the Royal Liverpool Phil’s original sound

SOUNDWAVES TUNE SURFING

Getting the best from YouTube; where to hear the Artist of the Year nominees

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MUSICAL JOURNEYS SEEN AND HEARD

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Music@Menlo brings chamber music to Silicon Valley – with a twist LIVE MUSIC 103 A major orchestra salutes the Grateful Dead

HIGH-FIDELITY AUDIO AND VISUAL

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Packaged v separate audio: the gap closes

FINALE MY MUSIC

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Leading biographer Claire Tomalin SUBSCRIPTIONS 30 CLASSIFIEDS 112 NEW RELEASES 116 REVIEWS INDEX 120

COVER ERIC RICHMOND, MIKE EVANS/LEBRECHT MUSIC & ARTS CONTENTS ITV/REX FEATURES, ERIC RICHMOND, ALFREDO DAGLI ARTI/ART ARCHIVE, TULLY POTTER COLLECTION, BRIAN GALLAGHER COVER CD SHUTTERSTOCK

28 Kennedy’s The Four Seasons, 20 years on

36 Taking up Lennie’s baton – Alsop brings Mass to CD and to London

90 Artur Schnabel, an EMI Icon

44 The Collection – which Boris?

104 A dock with a difference

122 Claire Tomalin’s musical passions www.gramophone.co.uk

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