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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Christian Gerhaher launches a new survey of Schumann’s songs with a beautiful album centred on the Op 35 Kerner-Lieder, accompanied with immaculate sensitivity by Gerold Huber

ORCHESTRAL

David Fray plays Bach; Berlioz from Les Siècles and Franç ois-Xavier Roth; Herbert Blomstedt impresses in Stenhammar; Schubert symphony round-up; Thielemann’s New Year jamboree

CHAMBER

Peter Gregson reimagines Bach’s Cello Suites; violinist Jennifer Pike invokes her Polish roots



INSTRUMENTAL

Pollini’s latest Chopin; Joseph Moog plays Debussy and Ravel; Bavouzet’s solo Schumann

VOCAL

Rore Madrigals; Damrau and Kaufmann join forces in Wolf; Anne Sofie von Otter’s Simple Song

OPERA

A historic Carmen; Così fan tutte reconstructed; Cecilia Bartoli brings volatile drama to Vivaldi

JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

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Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

REISSUES

A bumper celebration of André Previn; Russian operas from Belgrade on Decca Eloquence

BOX-SET ROUND-UP

REPLAY

The complete recordings of Feodor Chaliapin

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Two critics on Richter’s famous accounts of Liszt’s Piano Concertos with the LSO and Kondrashin

BOOKS

Roger Scruton’s latest book; a fascinating collection of Pierre Boulez’s lectures

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION David Fanning surveys Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony

REVIEWS INDEX

FOR THE RECORD

All the latest classical music news, and more

BERLIOZ THE RULE-BREAKER Tim Ashley anticipates the 150th anniversary of Berlioz’s death in March with an in-depth feature that explores the composer’s unique approach to orchestral music and opera

LEILA JOSEFOWICZ MOVES ON The violinist tells Andrew Farach-Colton how she is harnessing 18 months of grief to explore new, heart-wrenching repertoire, live and on record

THE ST-CENTURY LUTE Matthew Wadsworth is driven to make the lute (and specifically the theorbo) relevant again, starting with a new concerto from Stephen Goss

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE  Peter Quantrill talks to Gianandrea Noseda about the challenges of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth

ICONS

Jeremy Nicholas celebrates the short-lived career of Grigory Ginzburg, an outstanding pianist still overshadowed by better-known contemporaries

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSER Pwyll ap Siôn explores the extreme shifts and contrasts of the music of Michel van der Aa

WHAT NEXT?

Mark Pullinger starts his listening journey with Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and leads us to Verdi, Wagner and Rota

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS HIGH FIDELITY The new entry-level in Naim’s network player range; a superior DAC/headphone amplifier

NOTES, LETTERS & OBITS NEW RELEASES MY MUSIC BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson on the music that provides refuge in difficult times

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