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Editor’s choice

The 12 most highly recommended recordings of the month

For the record

The latest classical music news



cording of the month 26 Pablo Heras-Casado gives Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony a powerful sense of its time and place orchestral


Buchbinder’s Brahms; Guretzky from The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen; the Arctic Philharmonic’s Tchaikovsky Chamber 48 Bach without words; Laurence Crane’s Sound of Horse; Russian piano trios from the Leonore Instrumental 62 A new disc of late Chopin from Pollini; Leon McCawley plays Haydn; Daniel Grimwood explores Henselt vocal


Early Bach cantatas from Vox Luminis; Jonathan Dove’s war tribute; Gerald Finley sings Sibelius REISUES 82 Sony Classical’s ‘essential’ Toscanini; a 22-disc celebration of the art of David Oistrakh OPERA 86 Grétry’s L’épreuve villageoise delightfully done by Opera Lafayette; Thielemann’s dry-eyed Hänsel und Gretel; Kaufmann, Terfel et al in Baden-Baden REPLAY 96 Michael Gielen’s intelligent Brahms; DG’s complete Pinchas Zukerman; Koussevitzky conducts American symphonies in Boston; German pianist Erik T hen-Bergh BOKS 98 Hugo Shirley immerses himself in Puccini’s world; Mike Ashman tackles technology and aesthetics gramophone Collection 104 Caroline Gill guides us through the varied recordings of Bach’s accompanied flute sonatas, and makes an ultimate recommendation NEW Releases 126 Reviews Index 128

hristian Gerhaher 10 The German baritone has emerged as a leader among Lieder singers, excelling on the opera stage too. As he releases his new discs of Brahms, Hugo Shirley talks to him about the art of song electronic music 16 The possibilities created by electronic instruments inspired composers to invent a new vocabulary of sound. Philip Clark explores the resulting music Anders Hillborg 22 As his song cycle for Renée Fleming is released by Decca, the Swedish composer talks modern music with Andrew Mellor Musician & Score 46 Conductor Ludovic Morlot shares his insights about Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird Icons 60 John Ogdon has a treasured place in the piano recording catalogue. Bryce Morrison pays tribute Contemporary composers 70 Arnold Whittall explores the fascinating oeuvre of Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös, and recommends some stand-out recordings musical connections 97 A Christian Gerhaher disc sparks two journeys Classics Reconsidered 100 Rob Cowan and Caroline Gill discuss the famous complete Bach Cello Suites from Pierre Fournier The Specialist’s Guide 102 Animals feature in some of music’s most famous works – but here are some less obvious examples Performances & EventS 110 The best live music on radio and online High Fidelity 113 The latest developments in audio equipment LEtters & Obituaries 122 my music 130 Stewart Copeland, drummer of The Police, talks about composing and his musical passions

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