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The 12 most highly recommended recordings of the month


The latest classical music news

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The Sixteen give a penetrating performance of James MacMillan’s Stabat mater, with the Britten Sinfonia and Harry Christophers


Jan Lisiecki plays Chopin; Elgar symphonies from Gardner and Petrenko; Sokolov’s live Mozart and Rachmaninov; new music from Kate Whitley


Little and Lane play Franck and Fauré; Haydn and Schubert from the Tetzlaff Quartet; Say’s ‘4 Cities’


William Carter’s reimagined Bach; Peter Donohoe tackles Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues


Arcangelo’s Couperin; Saint-Saëns’s songs with orchestra; ‘Queen Mary’s Big Belly’


A 65-disc set from Sony Classical celebrates the 175th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic


Bellini’s first opera Adelson e Salvini; a Handel pasticcio; Diana Damrau’s tribute to Meyerbeer


Expand your listening with recommendations from Gramophone’s sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines


More Michael Gielen Edition revelations; Walter conducts Brahms; Lili Kraus plays Mozart


The ENO Opera Guide to Rigoletto; Tim Rutherford-Johnson’s survey of music since 1989

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION Andrew Farach-Colton compares recordings of Brahms’s First Serenade and suggests a top choice




As the music world marks the Italian composer’s anniversary, Baroque specialist David Vickers explores his work with its leading interpreters

LARS VOGT’S BEETHOVEN Acclaimed pianist and conductor Lars Vogt is clearly relishing his partnership with the Gateshead-based Royal Northern Sinfonia


As she releases her new disc of the Franck Violin Sonata, the ever-fascinating German violinist explains why she chose to record it on gut strings

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE Cellist Johannes Moser explores Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations: starting with, which score?


Eugene Ormandy’s Philadelphia partnership was among music’s longest and finest: we pay tribute

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS We explore the music of the Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa and recommend recordings

MUSICAL CONNECTIONS Following on from our Monteverdi celebrations, two playlists of madrigals ancient and modern

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Debating the merits of Mariss Jansons’s Chandos recording of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE Take a walk into the forest to discover 10 works that capture its meaning, mystery and magic

PERFORMANCES & EVENTS The best live music on radio and online


The latest developments in audio equipment

LETTERS & OBITUARIES Gedda and Klemperer’s bond, plus praising Petrenko for his cherishable Tchaikovsky


The Archers actress Carole Boyd’s musical loves