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The 12 most highly recommended recordings reviewed in this issue

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Rob Cowan listens to a stupendous solo violin album from Sueye Park, surveying some of this medium’s finest works from the 20th century


Emmanuel Despax plays Brahms; superb Mahler from Gustavo Dudamel in Los Angeles; Nicola Benedetti’s triumphant return to Baroque


Beethoven’s Op 130 from the Ehnes Quartet; the Tippett Quartet play Penderecki


Aimard’s Hammerklavier; Bach and more from violinist Francisco Fullana; Chopin’s Nocturnes


Songs by Erik Chisholm; the culmination of a Fauré survey; Gabrieli glories from Venice


Lise Davidsen in Fidelio; a Bulgarian Ring


Reviews from our sister titles Jazzwise and Songlines

ONLINE CONCERTS & EVENTS Andrew Mellor recommends some online viewing


A guide to Apple Music’s Spatial Audio



Rob Cowan on recent releases from the archives

CLASSICS RECONSIDERED  Andrew Mellor and Richard Whitehouse reassess Horenstein’s 1960s recording of Nielsen’s Fifth


A biography of Berg; exploring Nordic music

GRAMOPHONE COLLECTION  Richard Whitehouse tackles the rich recorded history of Beethoven’s String Quartet in B flat Op 130 – which version should you listen to?



All the latest classical music news

IGOR LEVIT’S NEW ALBUM As the acclaimed Gramophone Award-winning pianist pairs Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues with Ronald Stevenson’s rarely performed Passacaglia on DSCH for his new Sony Classical album, he explores with Michelle Assay the links between these two significant 20th-century works

CELEBRATING ARNOLD As we mark the centenary of Malcolm Arnold, Richard Bratby documents how the British composer’s reputation is rightly being reassessed, talking to some of the key advocates of his listenable yet vital music and recommending the finest recordings. Perhaps Arnold will finally achieve the recognition he undoubtedly deserves?

MUSICIAN AND THE SCORE We talk to the Norway-residing British conductor Edward Gardner about the hidden mysteries of Sibelius’s Tapiola, one of several tone poems he has recorded with his fabulous Bergen forces


Tully Potter pays tribute to Lotte Lehmann, the great singing actor of the interwar years – ‘a star among a remarkable generation of singers’ CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS Richard Whitehouse profiles Liverpool-born Emily Howard, a leading composer of her time whose 2016 Proms premiere left an indelible impression on audiences and critics alike WHAT NEXT? Paganini’s Violin Concerto is the starting point for Jeremy Nicholas’s strings-based listening journey, which takes in Viotti, Hubay and Rózsa





BBC journalist Clive Myrie on opera and Bach