Contents – March 2011

‘Virgin’s contrived all-star cast has even the smallest roles performed by A-list singers’ David Vickers on Vivaldi’s Ercole su’l Termodonte starring Villazón and DiDonato, reviewed on page 90

Letters A little Liszt; traducing Toscanini


editor’s choice Lisa Batiashvili’s Shostakovich; Rattle returns to the Resurrection;

Power plays Hindemith


S o u n d b i t e S

t o p F o t o


F o r m a s e


s i l m


B r e a k t h r u

2 0 0 6


p h o t o g r a p h y

For the record Riccardo Chailly re-signs with Decca; Renée Fleming takes on new role in Chicago; the OAE’s own-label launch


a conversation with…

…violinist Daniel Hope


diary As three of his works are recorded for NMC, composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle muses on life and music


one to watch Violinist Charlie Siem, 25, lands a new contract with Warner Classics


richard eyre The art of directing and conducting


PhiLiP Kennicott Is it time for a Halévy revival?


recordings on triaL Furtwängler’s 1951 Bayreuth performance of Beethoven’s Ninth is in the dock, as two

Gramophone critics dispute the case


F e A t u R e S

sir thomas Beecham This month marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the great podium personality, Sir Thomas Beecham. Rob Cowan goes in search of the man behind the quips


steve reich In advance of a Barbican retrospective, Philip Clark interviews the minimalist revolutionary


the cardinaLL’s musicK The early music vocal ensemble turn to the music of Robert Parsons


the gramoPhone coLLection Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf – Jeremy Nicholas enters the menagerie of recordings


Understanding Beecham: seeking the serious musician beyond the one-liners 34

e n C o R e musicaL journeys Lully at Versailles, Havergal Brian in Brisbane and Malkovich in Vienna


PicK oF the musicaL month

Artists gather in Georgia for the

Savannah Music Festival


audio and visuaL Cambridge Audio’s compact surround-sound speaker array


my music Film director Mike Figgis on how cinema usurped opera


Young Soviet animal-keeper captures wolf, saves menagerie…but which Peter fares best? 48

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