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Gramophone Magazine May 2019

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getting – and earning - audience attention

The exact reason a conductor grabs wide attention varies. Primarily, one hopes, it’s due to the music-making. But sometimes context matters too. Mirga Gražinyt ė -Tyla made headlines when she took over as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in September 2016 – a young, largely unknown presence on the podium (and, in a world far from full of female conductors, a woman too), she was stepping into a slot filled, with impeccable prescience time after time, by conductors who went on to become the very leading exponents of their craft: Sir Simon Rattle (Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony), Sakari Oramo (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra) and Andris Nelsons (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra). None of which is, in any way, to lessen the importance…

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this month’s contributors

‘I’ve always kicked myself for missing Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla’s first ever gig with the CBSO in 2015,’ says RICHARD BRATBY, ‘but I’ve tried not to miss any of her performances since. You only have to meet her for five minutes to understand why CBSO audiences – and players – are drawing parallels with the Rattle era.’ ‘Interview time with Harry Christophers is always friendly time,’ says LINDSAY KEMP, author of our feature on The Sixteen this issue, ‘and talking to him about 40 years with his superb choir was a reminder that humility and collaborative spirit don’t have to be incompatible with the highest musical standards.’ ‘It’s fascinating to meet an artist in their own home and Kristian Bezuidenhout’s was as inspirational as his musicianship,’ says HARRIET SMITH, who interviews the pianist this issue. ‘It was…

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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

MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No 2. Symphony No 1 Kristian Bezuidenhout fp Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Pablo Heras-Casado Harmonia Mundi Kristian Bezuidenhout is on superb form here, a real period keyboard delight. BOULEZ. DUTILLEUX. MESSIAEN ‘Notations & Sketches’ Alexander Soares pf Rubicon For his debut album, British pianist Alexander Soares has chosen a fascinating 20th-century programme, with an instinctive grasp of the composers’ sound worlds. SCHUBERT ‘Heimweh’ Anna Lucia Richter sop Gerold Huber pf Pentatone There’s something movingly communicative about Anna Lucia Richter’s Schubert-singing, all impeccably done, with a strong sense of humanity and engagement. NEPOMUCENO Orchestral Works Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra / Fabio Mechetti Naxos An auspicious way to start a 30-disc survey of Brazilian music from Naxos – hopefully one full of discoveries just like this. DUFAY ‘Lament for Constantinople’ The Orlando Consort Hyperion You’re in expert hands here with The Orlando Consort: if that sounds like a cliché, it’s…

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for the record

Deutsche Grammophon has signed another impressive young artist to its roster – the French tenor Benjamin Bernheim. The first fruits of the 33-year-old lyric tenor’s deal with the Yellow Label will appear this autumn: joined by the Prague Philharmonia and Emmanuel Vuillaume, he has recorded an album of French, Italian and Russian opera arias (Gounod, Massenet, Donizetti, Puccini, Verdi and Tchaikovsky). ‘Opera has the power to touch people’s souls and enrich their lives, and I’m happy that I’ll be able to reach a broader audience worldwide in partnership with DG,’ said Bernheim. Announcing the signing, DG’s President Clemens Trautmann commented that ‘Benjamin owns much more than a sublime voice. He is always searching for those vital elements that lie beneath the music’s surface, demonstrating a combination of intuition and empathy as…

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carl nielsen competition chooses its 2019 winners

This year’s Carl Nielsen International Competition took place last month – the first time all three categories of violin, flute and clarinet (the instruments for which Nielsen wrote a concerto) had been held in the same year. The winning musicians were violinist Johan Dalene (18, from Sweden – pictured), clarinettist Blaz Sparovec (24, from Slovenia) and flautist Joséphine Olech (24, from France). Each winner receives €12,000, a recording with the Odense Symphony Orchestra on the Orchid Classics label, and performance opportunities with up to 10 orchestras. Last time the violin category was held, in 2016, the two joint winners were Jiyoon Lee and Liya Petrova: both went on to be included in Gramophone’s monthly ‘One to Watch’ feature, while Lee’s recording of the Nielsen and Korngold violin concertos, on Orchid Classics, was…