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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings of the month

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FOR THE RECORD

The latest classical music news

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RECORDING OF THE MONTH 46 A triumphant Aida from Pappano, Kaufmann & co

ORCHESTRAL

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Rattle’s new Berlin Sibelius cycle; Staier’s Bach concertos; Rachmaninov Thirds from Järvi and Gergiev; Ticciati’s SCO Haydn; Alsop’s ‘Kaddish’

CHAMBER

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Ornstein from Hamelin and the Pacifica; a new set of Beethoven string trios; British clarinet quintets; Saint-Saëns chamber works from Rome

INSTRUMENTAL

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Higham’s Bach; gripping Ginastera; accordian ‘Tangos and Fandangos’; Scherbakov’s Beethoven; Lars Vogt in the Goldbergs; Silvestrov piano sonatas

VOCAL

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Rattle’s LSO Paradies und die Peri; the latest Tallis from The Cardinall’s Musick; Bostridge’s Brahms; Soile Isokoski in French orchestral songs

REISSUES

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A magnificent birthday present for Itzhak Perlman from Warner; more Fricsay gems from DG; a vintage Heritage trio; Hickox classics on Chandos

OPERA

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Tsar’s Bride in Berlin; Kaufmann’s ‘Nessun dorma’; Gerhaher’s Mozart; Solti’s Proms Götterdämmerung

REPLAY

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Classic German opera recordings; Heifetz encores; Martinon’s DG legacy; Shafran and Voicu

BOOKS

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David Patrick Stearns rediscovers an unusual American maestro; Edward Breen on a bracing and provocative essay collection from Andrew Parrott

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 126 David Gutman sifts through the available recordings of Vaughan Williams’s evocative The Lark Ascending

INTRODUCTION

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RECORDING OF THE YEAR 14 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 16 ARTIST OF THE YEAR 20 YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR 23 LABEL OF THE YEAR 25 THE CATEGORY WINNERS 27

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE 68 James Jolly explores the score of Schumann’s Dichterliebe with British tenor James Gilchrist

ICONS

Geraint Lewis surveys Stephen Kovacevich’s remarkable career in the recording studio

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CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 92 Richard Whitehouse appraises Oliver Knussen’s modest, yet highly influential, musical output

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 122 Herbert von Karajan’s 1978 recording of Strauss’s Salome, starring Hildegard Behrens, is re-evaluated by Tim Ashley and Mike Ashman

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE 124 Andrew Mellor recommends 10 great works by Carl Nielsen that go beyond the symphonies

PLAYLISTS

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Katherine Bryan on virtuoso flute music; Jed Distler on bird-inspired works; Marios Papadopoulos on keyboard-directed concertos

PERFORMANCES & EVENTS 135 The best classical music concerts worldwide

HIGH FIDELITY

Reviews of Onkyo’s A-9010(UK) amplifier and Oppo’s closed-back PM-3 headphones

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LETTERS & OBITUARIES 146 NEW RELEASES 149 REVIEWS INDEX 152 MY MUSIC 154 Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta on how he grew to love classical music through dance

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