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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

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RECORDING OF THE MONTH 34 John Eliot Gardiner returns to Monteverdi with a fine recording of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, the composer’s paean to married love, uniting a fine cast with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists

ORCHESTRAL

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Concerto Copenhagen’s Bach; Giovanni Antonini produces a striking Beethoven Symphony No 9; Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony from Utah

CHAMBER

Arrangements of Bach’s Goldberg Variations; the latest album from cellist Natalie Clein

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INSTRUMENTAL

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Ohlsson’s Brahms; Franck’s complete organ works; Schubert from Carlo Grante and Leon McCawley

VOCAL

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Cardoso’s Requiem; The Sixteen’s Eton Choirbook legacy; an anniversary album from Chanticleer

OPERA

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Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane; a husbandand-wife Puccini album; Rubinstein’s Moses

JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

97

Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

REISSUES

98

Rafael Kubelík’s influential 1970s Mahler cycle; a lavish tribute to the pianist Oscar Levant

BOX-SET ROUND-UP

101

REPLAY

Early Serkin; the complete Charles Munch

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CLASSICS RECONSIDERED 104 Revisiting Maria Callas’s legendary 1953 Tosca, conducted by Victor de Sabata

BOOKS

106

A study of Britten’s relationship with texts in his vocal works; a new biography of Schumann

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION 108 A survey of Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata on disc

REVIEWS INDEX

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FOR THE RECORD

All the latest classical music news, and more

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PIANO’S NEW GENERATION 14 Jed Distler celebrates the new generation of prodigiously talented pianists whose technical capabilities are second to none yet who continue to take inspiration from the piano’s Golden Age

DIVA DAMRAU

German soprano Diana Damrau’s career is on a soaring trajectory, thanks to a new, all-star production of La traviata at the Met and a collaboration with tenor Jonas Kaufmann. David Patrick Stearns meets her in New York

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KARABITS: 10 YEARS IN POOLE 28 The Ukrainian conductor celebrates a decade of leading the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with a new recording of a symphony by fellow countryman Lyatoshinsky who, as Karabits tells Richard Bratby, deserves to be better known

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE 50 Federico Colli on the inspiration behind Busoni’s arrangement of Bach’s Chaconne

ICONS

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Tully Potter celebrates the genius of Australian violinist – and viola player – Eduard Melkus

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSER 68 Broad tapestries, natural imagery, a feeling of expanse … Andrew Mellor explores the music of Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir

WHAT NEXT?

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Brahms’s Violin Concerto leads James Jolly to works by Joachim, Bruch, Schoenberg and others

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS 114 HIGH FIDELITY 117 NOTES, LETTERS & OBITS 124 NEW RELEASES 126 MY MUSIC 130 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on equality in music

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