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Gramophone Magazine July 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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why are so many great works so rarely heard?

It’s always important to question consensus. It’s not that there’s nothing positive about everyone agreeing, but when they do, there’s always the chance that an alternative view has got pushed out. It applies particularly to art. Cultural history is full of examples of music, architecture or paintings that were collectively ignored (even in some cases derided) only to be subsequently declared significant. Just think of Pre-Raphaelite art. Often that change comes about due to a plucky champion: Leonard Bernstein and the music of Mahler in the US comes to mind, or John Betjeman and Victorian architecture in the UK. That latter example is well worth pondering every time a piece of mid-20th-century modernism is condemned to the wrecking ball. Luckily such destructive decisions don’t need to be made with eminently…

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this month’s contributors

‘I’ve long questioned why certain American symphonies of the middle 20th century are rarely performed,’ GERARD SCHWARZ writes. ‘I hope that by expressing my admiration for works by Hanson, Schuman, Creston, Diamond, Mennin, Hovhaness and Piston, readers will want to explore their output further.’ ‘A Collection on Brahms’s meditations on last things was never going to be a bundle of laughs,’ admits RICHARD WIGMORE. ‘But my repeated confrontation with music of such stark beauty and emotional truth, in performances by some of the world’s finest singers, has been a moving and enriching experience.’ ‘It was fascinating to delve into the history of Handel’s London and his two “rival queens”,’ says: ALEXANDRA COGHLAN, who interviews sopranos Lucy Crowe and Mary Bevan about their new recording. ‘I was surprised to learn that Britain’s tabloid…

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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 Nepilova • Jeremy Nicholas • Christopher Nickol Geoffrey Norris • Richard Osborne • Stephen Plaistow • Mark Pullinger • Peter Quantrill • Guy Rickards Malcolm Riley • Marc Rochester • Patrick Rucker • Edward Seckerson • Mark Seow •…

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gramophone editor’s choice

MOZART Piano Concertos, Vol 4 Jean-E›lam Bavouzet pf Manchester Camerata / Gábor Takács-Nagy Chandos Bavouzet inspires, entertains and embodies the playfulness and grace of Mozart’s much-loved works. A very fine recording. SIBELIUS Lemminkäinen Suite BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo Chandos Sakari Oramo has a wonderful command of the majestic sweep and inner detail of Sibelius’s music, this Lemminkäinen evocatively suggestive of mysterious legend. SUK Asrael. Fairy Tale Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Jirí Belohlávek Decca A fitting final studio recording from Jirí Belohlávek – a powerful recording of this Czech masterpiece, with a deeply committed Czech Philharmonic giving their all. TAVENER The Protecting Veil Sinfonietta Riga / Matthew Barley vc Signum The opening poetry sets the tone – intimate, achingly personal – that pervades Matthew Barley’s beautiful recording of one of the later 20th century’s most beloved and moving works. TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No…

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for the record

The Philharmonia Orchestra has named Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the 33-year-old Finnish Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony and Tampere Philharmonic orchestras, as its next Principal Conductor. Simultaneously, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra has announced that Rouvali will extend his initial four-year contract for another four years taking him to 2025 at the helm of Sweden’s National Orchestra. Rouvali – already the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor – succeeds Esa-Pekka Salonen at the start of the 2021-22 season, becoming the second youngest conductor to hold a principal conductor post with a major London orchestra (Riccardo Muti was 32 when he was appointed to the top job by the Philharmonia in 1973). Salonen will assume the title of Conductor Emeritus. ‘I am honoured to be the new Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia,’ Rouvali said. ‘This is the…

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former king’s singer takes over in phoenix

Christopher Gabbitas, a former member of the renowned vocal group The King’s Singers, has been appointed Artistic Director of The Phoenix Chorale. He was chosen following a two-year search process by the American choir as it looked for a replacement for Charles Bruffy, who had held the post from 1999 until 2017. During his 15 years with The King’s Singers, Gabbitas appeared on more than 30 albums and performed in almost 2000 concerts. He’d joined the group having been a choral scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, subsequently singing with groups including Polyphony, The King’s Consort and the choir of the Temple Church while working as a lawyer. Reflecting on his appointment, and his experience of English and American choral traditions, Gabbitas said: ‘During my time with The King’s Singers I learned…