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The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue


RECORDING OF THE MONTH 50 Antonio Pappano, with a superb array of musicians including pianist Beatrice Rana, presents Bernstein’s three symphonies


Bruckner’s mighty Eighth Symphony from Rattle and Jansons; Tilson Thomas’s Tchaikovsky; the Golden Age with Ray Chen




The Casals Quartet’s Beethoven; Robin Holloway Trios; a debut from trombonist Peter Moore



Carlo Grante plays Busoni; Paganini’s Caprices from Roman Simovic; a Debussy round-up



Choral music by Julian Anderson; a celebration of the Virgin Mary with the Binchois Consort


Mason Bates’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs; La clemenza di Tito from Glyndebourne




Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines


Karl Richter’s pioneering Bach legacy; a trio of classic Gilbert & Sullivan recordings





Gems from Gielen, Stokowski and Monteux


CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 120 Two critics revisit Karajan’s 1968 DG recording of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony with fresh ears



Vaughan Williams remembered by those who met him; wise reflections from Susan Tomes

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 124 Rob Cowan guides us through the extensive recorded history of Debussy’s La mer – from 1932 to 2018 – and makes his top choice




All the latest classical music news, and more


MULLOVA PERFORMS PÄRT 16 Viktoria Mullova has had to reach deep inside herself to record this music, finds Andrew Mellor, even if, on the outside, her trademark virtuosity and Pärt’s quiet spirituality seem odd bedfellows

VAN ZWEDEN BRAVES NY PHIL 22 The Dutch conductor is ready to take up the reins at Bernstein’s old stomping ground, finds Neil Fisher when he meets him in Hong Kong for the final instalment of his Ring cycle for Naxos

REVEALING OUR MUSICAL PAST 28 As the partnership between Delphian and the European Music Archaeology Project draws to a close, Hannah Nepil speaks to those involved about the unique instruments unearthed in the process

AWARDS SHORTLIST REVEALED 32 Discover the top three recordings in each category

SEASON PREVIEW 2018-19 34 Our indispensable guide to the musical year ahead

THE MUSICIAN AND SCORE 68 Urba´nski on his ‘insane’ view of Shostakovich 5



Jed Distler on the brilliant pianist William Kapell

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS 90 Celebrating ‘quiet revolutionary’ Roxanna Panufnik



A diverse aural journey prompted by Sheherazade

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS 130 HIGH FIDELITY 133 NOTES, LETTERS & OBITS 140 NEW RELEASES 142 MY MUSIC 146 British poet and writer Fiona Sampson on the infinite connections between music and poetry