Contents – July 2011

‘However many performances of the great first movement you have heard, you will be lucky to encounter one this compelling’

David Fanning on Valery Gergiev’s recording of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, reviewed on page 60

Letters Film music on disc; JBS remembered


editor’s choice Yakov Kreizberg’s last, brilliant recording; Kiri’s protégé makes good; Valery Gergiev,

powerful in Shostakovich


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For the record The Seoul Philharmonic signs to DG; a Vaughan Williams premiere; a Strad for Japan


a conversation with… Lavinia Meijer, the harpist on a quest to show her instrument’s vital role in new music


diary For conductor Kristjan Järvi, the key to success is in the partnerships you foster


one to watch Decca’s new signing, the young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor


biography oF an instrument

Franklin’s glass armonica


F e A t u R e S

the proms 2011 Lang Lang guest-edits Gramophone’s coverage of the world’s biggest music festival.

Features include: • Lang Lang interviews yo-yo ma

• curious concertos

• when the audience decides the concert • star flautist emmanuel pahud on fighting the cliché that the the flute is “pretty” • how to make music together like the capuçon brothers? be related! • bartók’s killer piano concertos explored

• Full proms listings


the gramophone coLLection Sibelius’s Second Symphony is a blazing masterpiece that sprung from a dark time in the composer’s life. David Gutman charts its history on record and picks the one to own


e n C o R e musicaL journeys On the road with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Raiding’s major Liszt project; the fascinating instruments collection at London’s Horniman Museum


pick oF the musicaL month From Pierre-Laurent Aimard in Graz to Walküre with Sir Mark Elder in Manchester


tune-surFing An excitingly revamped downloads site from Sweden; Serge Koussevitzky, a Gramophone downloads playlist


audio and visuaL The best headphones for your MP3 player;

Denon enters the streaming game


my music Guy Chambers is best known for writing songs with Robbie Williams, but classical music is in his blood


Yo-Yo Ma talks to Lang Lang

Out of darkness: Sibelius’s Second Symphony