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The 12 most highly recommended recordings of the month


The latest classical music news

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Marc-André Hamelin and Leif Ove Andsnes join forces for a thrilling two-piano recording of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring on Hyperion


Exhilarating Bach from Reinhard Goebel; more Copland from John Wilson; Rattle and Chailly tackle The Rite of Spring; Radulovic´’s Tchaikovsky


Intense Beethoven from the Elias Quartet; latenight Telemann; Topping Tooters of the Town


Contrasting approaches to Bach from Midori and Boris Begelman; Xiayin Wang plays Granados; Schubert and Szymanowski from Lucas Debargue


Hervé Niquet’s high-wire Handel; Roderick Williams as baritone and composer; ravishingly beautiful Obrecht from The Brabant Ensemble


Claudio Abbado’s operas; Gerard Schwarz at 70


Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande from Malmö; Pretty Yende’s ‘Dreams’; duets from Rolando Villazón and Ildar Abdrazakov


The first biography of Ursula Vaughan Williams


Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines


Walter Gieseking’s brilliance explored by four labels; John McCormack’s Irish ballads

PATRICIA KOPATCHINSKAJA The violinist’s approach to music is consistently revelatory: Andrew Mellor joins her at a recording session to discuss her musical beliefs


The Latvian conductor’s recorded legacy is a richly rewarding one: Michael McManus meets him to discuss his achievements and plans

THE MUSICIAN & THE SCORE Thomas Dausgaard explains his approach to Brahms’s Symphony No 2, newly recorded with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra for BIS


One of today’s leading accompanists, Graham Johnson, pays tribute to a pianist who did so much to shape the role, the great Gerald Moore

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS John Luther Adams’s beguiling, beautiful music powerfully draws us closer to the world around us. Paul Kilbey profiles the Pulitzer Prize-winner.

MUSICAL CONNECTIONS Two of this month’s features – Gerald Moore and Patricia Kopatchinskaja – send James Jolly off on listening journeys; why not join him?

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Richard Whitehouse and Peter Quantrill discuss the iconic status of Pierre Boulez’s landmark DG recording of Berg’s Lulu from 1979

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE Following this month’s Icons, Tully Potter names 10 of the finest accompanists and their recordings

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS The best live music on stage, on radio and online, with reviews of Poulenc from Brussels and Peter Eötvös from the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION David Gutman listens to the rich recorded catalogue of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto




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