Contents – February 2011

‘I doubt whether a pianist more finely attuned to every harmonic and rhythmic subtlety has existed since Lipatti’

Bryce Morrison on Murray Perahia’s first Brahms recording for 20 years, reviewed on page 77

Letters Batting for Beecham’s Magic Flute


editor’s choice James Ehnes’s compelling Mendelssohn Violin Concerto; Bizet discoveries from

Jean-Claude Casadesus


S o u n d b i t e S

m u s e u m i r t H P l a c e b

H o l s t


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P r e s s i a l i c t o r



p h o t o g r a p h y

For the record Andriessen wins Grawemeyer Award; ICA artist agency launches own label; Wellensian Consort crowned BBC Choir of the Year


a conversation with…

…soprano Kate Royal



Pianist Stephen Hough on why the concert pianist’s life isn’t simply one long vacation


one to watch As he launches his international career and releases his debut recording, violinist Ray

Chen is in the spotlight


richard eyre The director on pianos he has known


PhiLiP Kennicott When Bach is the only balm


recordings on triaL Toscanini’s 1952 Beethoven Eighth is in the dock, as two Gramophone critics dispute the case


F e A t u R e S

Loving Liszt The great Hungarian exerted a profound influence on the music of his time and afterwards but we still misunderstand him


education suPPLement Music colleges’ junior departments; Jack Liebeck beyond Einstein; the crisis in youth brass playing; plus listings of summer courses


davis on hoLst As he records The Planets, Sir Andrew Davis muses on Holst’s forgotten music


the gramoPhone coLLection Rob Cowan seeks the finest recordings of

Dvo∑ák’s Cello Concerto


e n C o R e musicaL journeys Miami’s new concert hall; the 2010 Concours de Genève; Karabits in Bournemouth


PicK oF the musicaL month Kristjan Järvi conducts Candide in Munich, plus the pick of the month’s performances


audio and visuaL Music streaming from Marantz;

how to get connected


my music Harry Potter composer Alexandre Desplat on the music that influenced him


Franz Liszt, pianist, composer and a force for good in 19th-century music 34

The Planets and beyond: there’s much more to Holst than usually meets the ear 50

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