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The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH € Steven Osborne strikes right at the heart of late Beethoven with accounts of the final three piano sonatas, Opp 109-111, that are boldly imaginative, compellingly dramatic and profoundly moving


The latest Beethoven symphonies from Philippe Jordan; two Brahms discs from Paavo Järvi; Robin Ticciati’s Bruckner; JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic in Respighi


Haydn’s Op 71 from the Maxwell Quartet; Madeleine Mitchell champions Grace Williams


Jayson Gillham impresses in Bach transcriptions; Valentina Lisitsa’s epic Tchaikovsky survey; Christian Schmitt plays Widor symphonies


A Russian St John Passion; Duruflé from Houston; a Romantic recital from Stéphanie d’Oustrac


Chabrier’s L’étoile; Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice from La Scala; Olga Peretyatko sings Mozart




Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines


Wilhelm Furtwängler’s radio recordings from Berlin; Leonard Pennario’s RCA legacy



Kondrashin, Mravinsky, Yudina and other treats

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Charlotte Gardner and Richard Bratby return to 1970s Mozart from the Grumiaux Trio and friends


A doorstop opera book; American music in 1917

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION Nielsen’s Violin Concerto: a recorded history



All the latest classical music news, and more

MIRGA GRAŽINYTĖ-TYLA The conductor’s exclusive signing to DG will reveal her dynamic partnership with the CBSO to the world – starting with the music of Weinberg, as she tells Richard Bratby


As the choral group turns 40, their founder and director Harry Christophers talks to Lindsay Kemp about his ongoing passion for sharing repertoire with new audiences

KRISTIAN BEZUIDENHOUT One of today’s most exciting keyboard artists talks to Harriet Smith about his new recording of Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra for Harmonia Mundi

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE Peter Quantrill meets with Vasily Petrenko to unravel the enigma of Elgar’s timeless variations


Richard Fairman recalls the astonishing technique and effortless virtuosity of Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS Jonathan Shipley celebrates the sheer ‘Americanness’ of William Bolcom’s music


Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini is the starting point for our suggested journeys of where to turn next, from Rachmaninov to Balakirev

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS HIGH FIDELITY NOTES, LETTERS & OBITS € NEW RELEASES € MY MUSIC € Children’s author and illustrator James Mayhew on the importance of inspiring young audiences