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BRITTEN Songs Ian Bostridge ten Sir Antonio Pappano pf Xuefei Yang hp EMI 433430 2 ‘Bostridge has acquired a richness of timbre that, combined with his control of vibrato, is invaluable in the Six Hölderlin Fragments.’

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‘ENGLISH ROYAL FUNERAL MUSIC’ Vocal Works Vox Luminis / Lionel Meunier Ricercar RIC332 ‘You can really sense that the musicians are on a mission when a piece as outwardly unassuming as Morley’s In the midst of life can be shaped with such expressive power.’

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ROSSINI ‘Bel raggio’ Aleksandra Kurzak sop Artur Ruciński bass-bar Warsaw Chamber Choir; Sinfonia Varsovia / Pier Giorgio Morandi Decca 478 3553DH ‘A vivacious stage presence with graceful, finished phrasing and an apparently effortless coloratura technique.’

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TELEMANN ‘Ho fnung des Wiedersehens’ Dorothee Mields sop L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra / Michi Gaigg DHM 886697 90182 2 ‘Dorothee Mields’s recital reveals some fascinating obscurities that may not be familiar to even fully paid-up aficionados.’

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DVD/BLU-RAY ‘LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL’ Nelson Freire pf BBC SO / Lionel Bringuier Bel Air Classiques BAC079; BAC479 ‘Bringuier’s facial expressions and exuberant gestures remind one of Leonard Bernstein without the terpsichorean extras.’

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REISSUE/ARCHIVE BRAHMS Complete Symphonies NHK SO / Wolfgang Sawallisch King International KKC2028 ‘This cycle is a highlight, principally because of the way Sawallisch coaxes from his orchestra an authentically burnished Brahms sound.’

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This month: 13 Italian violin concertos; 7 German piano concertos; 3 Swedish saxophone concertos

ORCHESTRAL

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Haydn cello concertos from Wang and Krijgh; Vivaldi violin concertos from Carmignola and Sinkovsky; Rattle’s The Rite of Spring

CHAMBER

Autumnal Brahms from Kam in Jerusalem; Salvatore Sciarrino’s string quartets; Beethoven from young string ensembles

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INSTRUMENTAL

Organists play Vierne and Wagner; Bebbington’s Ireland piano cycle concludes; Peter Donohoe returns to Prokofiev

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VOCAL

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Britten from Ian Bostridge, Ben Johnson and Christopher Ainslie; Pappano conducts Rossini; Amanda Roocroft sings of love’s truths

OPERA

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Sweeney Todd live from Munich; more Handel from Alan Curtis on Virgin; tenor Klaus Florian Vogt’s Wagner anniversary tribute

BOOKS

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Exploring the lives and legacies of two vital forces in British music’s creation and performance: Michael Tippett and Lionel Tertis

REPLAY

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Gems from the archives of Tokyo’s radio orchestra; Richter plays Chopin, Schumann and Bartók on Melodiya; Busch’s Beethoven

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE

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Marking the anniversary of the first English translation of The Kalevala, Andrew Mellor charts the influence of Finland’s epic poem on music

THE GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION

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David Threasher sifts through the available recordings of Mozart’s incomplete C minor Mass and names the ultimate version to own

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