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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 24 Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra bring their Tchaikovsky symphony cycle to a triumphant conclusion orchestral


Marin Alsop’s Baltimore Bernstein; the NYO excel in Hol st; Dudamel’s New Year in Vienna Chamber 46 Lisa Friend and friends in Mozart Flute Quartets; Leonard Elschenbroich plays Schnittke; Complete string quartets by Erwin Schulhoff Instrumental 58 More Bartók from Tiberghien; an epic complete Reger organ box; Vaughan Williams rarities vocal


Cesarini cantatas; Benjamin Brecher sings ‘forgotten’ Liszt; Americana from Natalie Dessay REISUES 84 A birthday box of Leontyne Price; a historic 10-opera set commemorating the inaugural season of the new Met OPERA 86 Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux; Mondonville’s first opera, Isbé; Aida Garifullina’s Decca debut REPLAY 98 A magisterial collection of French pianist Yvonne Lefébure; contrasting violinists Wanda Luzzato, Wolfgang Schneiderhan and Bronisław Huberman



Mervyn Cooke reads about Benjamin Britten’s ties with Russia; David Fanning delves into letters to and from Rimsky-Korsakov gramophone Collection 106 Philip Clark guides us through the recorded history of bot h versions of Varèse’s unflinchingly futuristic Ameriques NEW Releases 126 Reviews Index 128

ostropovich’s legacy 12 Ten years after the great cellist’s death, Michael McManus looks at how works written for him have shaped the instrument’s repertoire for ever Harrison Birtwistle 16 A new recording of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale finds the composer appear as narrator. Kate Molleson talked music with him at his home

Benjamin Appl


The baritone – our current Young Artist of the Year – talks to James Jolly about programming his new Sony Classical album, a reflection of his life’s journey so far The Musician & The Score 44 Augustin Hadelich explores the atmospheric and often-maligned Symphonie espagnole by Lalo Icons 56 André Previn is famed as conductor, composer and pianist – even TV personality. David Gutman celebrates an impressive musical figure Contemporary composers 70 One of today’s leading composers, Thomas Adès has caught the attention of audiences worldwide musical connections 97 Two journeys, sparked by our cover story Classics Reconsidered 100 Birgit Nilsson as Elektra, Solti on the podium: a reassessment of the classic 1967 recording The Specialist’s Guide 102 Alexandra Coghlan highlights some of history’s lesser-known female composers Performances & EventS 112 The best live music on radio and online High Fidelity 114 The latest developments in audio equipment LEtters & Obituaries 124 my music 130 Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Technology correspondent, on changing listening habits

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