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Gramophone Magazine June 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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Mark Allen Business & Leisure
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celebrating a star – and an era, and an art form

A colleague and I were playing that old parlour game the other day: who is the most famous person you’ve ever met? Given our jobs, we’re both privileged to regularly meet some of the most high-profile classical artists today – and yet even the greatest of those are still likely to be trumped by, say, a pop star, or an actor, or royalty. And yet if you’d ever met Pavarotti, then he, most likely, would have given you the winning card. The tenor was, quite simply, one of the world’s most famous people. That a classical artist achieved such fame in today’s world is extraordinary. It didn’t happen that often before either (Jenny Lind, Enrico Caruso and Maria Callas are potential exceptions), and for all the prominence of the likes…

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this month’s contributors

‘In the probable absence of an invitation to the next coronation, the next best thing was being in Ely Cathedral for Paul McCreesh’s thrilling live recording with his Gabrieli forces,’ says JEREMY NICHOLAS, who interviews the conductor this issue. ‘We even got to participate – it was an unforgettable experience.’ CHARLOTTE GARDNER enjoyed chatting with Matthew Barley about recording Tavener’s The Protecting Veil in the footsteps of Steven Isserlis. ‘He told me he didn’t think he could better Steven’s recording, but that he could place it in a different context – and that made for a fascinating interview.’ FABRICE FITCH was delighted to write about Ockeghem’s Requiem for this issue’s Collection: ‘I’ve lived with and thought about this work for so many years that getting to grips with its discography seemed long…

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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

GOUNOD Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 Iceland Symphony Orchestra / Yan Pascal Tortelier Chandos These works are rarely recorded – or indeed, performed – which makes this coupling, full of wit, charm and fine playing, all the more valuable. SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concertos Nos 3-5 Alexandre Kantorow pf Tapiola Sinfonietta / Jean-Jacques Kantorow BIS There’s tough catalogue competition for these works, but this virtuoso’s fabulous performances more than make the case for a new addition. BEETHOVEN Cello Sonatas Leonard Elschenbroich vc Alexei Grynyuk pf Onyx Imaginative and inventive throughout, alive to textural detail, Leonard Elschenbroich and Alexei Grynyuk offer an engaging and beautifully played exploration of these sonatas. REICH ‘Live at Fondation Louis Vuitton’ Colin Currie; Steve Reich; Synergy Vocals; Colin Currie Group Colin Currie Records Colin Currie is at the summit of percussion performance today, and an interpreter of great instinct…

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for the record

Nicholas Collon, Principal Conductor of the Aurora Orchestra, has been named the new Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He will become the first non-Finn to hold the post. Collon’s three-year deal – with an additional two-year option – will begin in autumn 2021, and he will be with the orchestra for a minimum of 10 weeks every season. Aurora – the chamber orchestra which Collon co-founded with Robin Ticciati in 2004 – has become famed for its eclectic repertoire, innovative approach to performance, and a commitment to contemporary music. Consequently, the young conductor has already developed a diverse and growing discography, including appearing on such albums as the music of Finzi on Decca, a John Adams programme on Warner Classsics, and an Augusta Read Thomas survey on Nimbus. He…

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vänskä moves to the seoul philharmonic

Osmo Vänskä will become the new Music Director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra next year. As reported in our January issue, the Finnish conductor will step down from his current post as Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra when his contract expires in 2022. His recording of Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos 3, 6 and 7 with the American ensemble was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award in 2017, while he has also recorded a well-received Beethoven symphony cycle with them for BIS. Vänskä was also an acclaimed chief conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra for two decades, winning Gramophone Awards for recordings of Sibelius’s music, including the Violin Concerto (with Leonidas Kavakos, 1991), the Fifth Symphony and En Saga (1996), and a programme of orchestral works called ‘Rondo of the Waves’ (2003). The…