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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Nicky Spence and Julius Drake give moving accounts of songs by Janá∂ek, including The Diary of One who Disappeared – haunting music, exquisitely performed

ORCHESTRAL

Outstanding Bartók from Helsinki; Lisa Jacobs plays Nielsen; Nino Rota’s film music; Sakari Oramo with a ‘Russian Masquerade’

CHAMBER

Rachmaninov from Trio Wanderer; Fabio Biondi plays violin sonatas from 18th-century Italy

INSTRUMENTAL

Hilary Hahn showcases the music of García Abril; Bavouzet’s latest Haydn offering; Elizabeth Kenny plays music for the theorbo, both old and new

VOCAL

Renée Fleming’s return to Lieder; Dausgaard’s Sibelius; Les Éléments sing Iberian polyphony

OPERA

Thomas Arne’s The Judgment of Paris; Porpora and Handel in London; Vinci’s Siroe, re di Persia

JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

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Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

LP ROUND-UP

REISSUES

Haydn symphonies and Offenbach operettas

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BOX-SET ROUND-UP

REPLAY

A miscellany of maestros; Jascha Heifetz, live

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED Charlotte Gardner and Richard Bratby reignite their mutual love affair with Rostropovich’s Dvo∑ák

BOOKS

Schoenberg’s life and works; a cellist’s memoir

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION A survey of Elgar’s First Symphony on record

REVIEWS INDEX

FOR THE RECORD

All the latest classical music news, and more

BALTIC CHORAL MUSIC Ivan Moody explores the profound spirituality and unique sound world of choral music from Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania – is there a common characteristic to all these works ?

BENEDETTI EMBRACES JAZZ The Scottish violinist has recorded two works written for her by jazz supremo Wynton Marsalis and, as she tells Charlotte Gardner, they both fuse Celtic and jazz music in unimaginable ways

LES ARTS FLORISSANTS AT Lindsay Kemp meets founder William Christie and alumnus-turned-conductor Paul Agnew and discovers that the Baroque vocal group is still pushing boundaries, 40 years after it began

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE Richard Bratby meets the ever-probing harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani to discuss the challenge of recording Bach’s Toccatas

ICONS

Jeremy Nicholas pays tribute to the pianist Shura Cherkassky whose every recital was, for the audience, a case of ‘expect the unexpected’

CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS Finding beauty through basic musical objects is Laurence Crane’s principal aim, says Paul Kilbey

WHAT NEXT?

Richard Strauss’s Salome is the starting point for Hugo Shirley’s eclectic listening journey, which takes in Saint-Saëns, Massenet and Zemlinsky

PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS HIGH FIDELITY NOTES, LETTERS & OBITS NEW RELEASES MY MUSIC Director Tom Morris on music in the theatre

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