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Gramophone Magazine

March 2019

Gramophone enriches your classical music experience and connects you with great recordings. Packed with features across all classical music genres, our globally acclaimed writers will inform and entertain you with independent and intelligent editorial and more than 150 reviews in every issue. Our reputation is founded on our acclaimed critical analyses of the latest CD releases, in-depth features and interviews with classical stars, and our comprehensive coverage of recorded and live music. Please Note: This price excludes VAT which will be added when you checkout.

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meeting artists – from pages to podcasts

There are two ways of writing about classical music, particularly music on record. One is to focus on repertoire, without which of course bows would lie idle, keys unpressed and voices silent. The other is to explore it via the musicians who perform it. Because however much artists might claim that they’re merely servants of the composer, when you put on a recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, you’re not just listening to Bach, you’re listening to, say, Hilary Hahn’s Bach – or Giuliano Carmignola’s, or the Bach of Rachel Podger, Alina Ibragimova, Itzhak Perlman, Yehudi Menuhin or whoever it might be. They each interpret the music in their own unique way. Otherwise, you’d never need a second recording of any piece of music, and our…

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this month’s contributors

‘Talking to Richard Chailly about a lifetime of musical exploration is always a real pleasure,’ says (COVER PHOTOGRAPH: BRESCIA/AMISANO ©TEATRO ALLA SCALA) NEIL FISHER, author of this month’s cover feature, which focuses on the conductor’s 40-year relationship with Decca. ‘And this time he threw in a splendid Milanese lunch as well!’ ‘It was absolutely fascinating to talk to the pianist Kirill Gerstein about recording Busoni’s Piano Concerto,’ says JEREMY NICHOLAS, who interviews him for us this issue, ‘but the over-arching theme of our conversation was the importance to him of personal and musical relationships and connections.’ ‘Comparing notes with Vadym Kholodenko on Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto was a true pleasure,’ recalls MICHELLE ASSAY, who interviews him for The Musican and the Score. ‘Apart from…

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the reviewers

Andrew Achenbach • Nalen Anthoni • Tim Ashley • Mike Ashman • Michelle Assay Richard Bratby • Edward Breen • Liam Cagney • Alexandra Coghlan • Rob Cowan (consultant reviewer) Jeremy Dibble • Peter Dickinson • Jed Distler • Adrian Edwards • Richard Fairman • David Fallows David Fanning • Andrew Farach-Colton • Iain Fenlon • Neil Fisher • Fabrice Fitch • Jonathan Freeman-Attwood Charlotte Gardner • David Gutman • Christian Hoskins • Lindsay Kemp • Philip Kennicott • Richard Lawrence Andrew Mellor • Ivan Moody • Bryce Morrison • Hannah Nepil • Jeremy Nicholas • Christopher Nickol Geoffrey Norris • Richard Osborne • Stephen Plaistow • Mark Pullinger • Peter Quantrill • Guy Rickards Malcolm Riley • Marc Rochester • Patrick Rucker • Edward Seckerson • Hugo Shirley…

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gramophone editor's choice

Martin Cullingford’s pick of the finest recordings from this month’s reviews BEETHOVENComplete Piano ConcertosMitsuko Uchida pfBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Simon RattleBerliner PhilharmonikerSuch stylish artists grab one’s attention before you even press play – promise which is more than fulfilled here. FRANCK. VIERNEViolin SonatasAlina Ibragimova vnCédric Tiberghien pfHyperionThat Alina Ibragimova offers an interpretation of supreme skill and musicality is a given with anything she turns her hand to; this programme with Cédric Tiberghien is no exception. LISZT Études d’exécution transcendenteAndrey Gugnin pfPiano ClassicsAndrey Gugnin’s playing leaves one somewhat in awe of his complete command over the instrument and his musical vision, whether the music calls for tenderness, power or full-flight virtuosity. SIBELIUSSymphony No 1. En sagaGothenburg Symphony Orchestra / Santtu-Matias RouvaliAlpha The Gothenburg SO’s young…

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for the record

Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla signs to DG Deutsche Grammophon has announced that it has signed Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, on an exclusive long-term contract.In recording with DG, the 32-year-old Lithuanian follows in the footsteps of the likes of Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado and Andris Nelsons, and becomes the first female conductor to sign an exclusive long-term contract with the Yellow label.Gražinyte-Tyla will release her first DG recording – a collection of orchestral works by Polish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg – in May. This will include Weinberg’s Symphony No 21, Kaddish – a work dedicated to victims of the Warsaw Ghetto – with the joint forces of the CBSO, Kremerata Baltica and violin maestro Gidon Kremer.Subsequent projects will include a recording of music…

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gramphone online

Podcasts Gramophone’s series continues with three fascinating podcasts. Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber, his long-time pianist partner, have embarked on a Schumann Lieder project (see last month’s Recording of the Month), so James Jolly caught up with Gerhaher to talk about his passion for Schumann and his belief that every group of songs under a single opus is a cycle. Hilary Hahn (pictured) has become closely associated with Bach; Editor Martin Cullingford talks to her about the process of making her new recording of the composer’s music.And finally, James Jolly meets two young pianists for a further pair of fascinating podcasts: Roman Rabinovich, whose recent Wigmore Hall recital provided a good opportunity to discuss Haydn’s unexplored piano repertoire; and Gramophone’s 2013 Young Artist Award winner Jan Lisiecki, who…