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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 44 A deeply moving performance of Bach’s St Matt hew Passion conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and recorded live in Pisa Cathedral orchestral


A double dose of Blunier’s Beethoven; concertos by Nilsson and Skog; British Tone Poems, Vol 1 Chamber 66 Alwyn from the Tippett Quartet; the Wanderer Trio’s Dvo∑ák; Farina from Leila Schayegh Instrumental 76 Julien Brocal plays Chopin’s Preludes; dazzling Liszt from Chiyan Wong; David Goode’s Reger vocal


Bach Passions; Monteverdi madrigals; Sullivan songs; the Orlando Consort chart the rise of English polyphony REISUES 104 Box-sets celebrating Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Fournier and pianist Sviatoslav Richter OPERA 110 Francesca Caccini’s battle of two sorceresses; Mozart’s Tito; Wagner’s early Das Liebesverbot

Jazz & world music


Expand your listening with recommendations from Gramophone’s sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines REPLAY 120 Toscanini caught live in Brahms and Beethoven, and a celebration of Australia’s star singers BOKS 122 A portrait of Mahler and Strauss, and the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics during the Third Reich gramophone Collection 128 Verdi’s dramatic Shakespearean opera Macbeth: which recordings should you own? NEW Releases 150 Reviews Index 152

oday’s Countertenors 10 Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli and our cover artist Philippe Jaroussky on why today is a golden age for the countertenor singer

Marc-André Hamelin 16 The acclaimed pianist talks about his commitment to championing lesser-known composers, and his new disc of Medtner and Rachmaninov

Festival Guide 2017


From remote chamber festivals to major ensembles and events, we bring you everything you need to plan your summer concert-going The Musician & The Score 64 Jonathan Plowright explores Brahms’s Four Ballades ahead of his new disc for BIS Icons 74 A celebration of Dinu Lipatti, one of the 20th century’s most gifted pianists Contemporary composers 88 One of the UK’s most important composers, George Benjamin is our focus this month musical connections 119 Two listening journeys sparked by our cover story, including countertenors through the years Classics Reconsidered 124 Brahms’s Piano Quintet with Maurizio Pollini and the Quartetto Italiano: how does it fare today? The Specialist’s Guide 126 Ten brilliant Romantic violin concertos that should be much better known than they are Performances & EventS 134 The best live music on radio and online High Fidelity 137 The latest developments in audio equipment LEtters & Obituaries 146 Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda remembered my music 154 The musical life of Rosie Millard, journalist, author and Chair of Hull UK City of Culture

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