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Gramophone Magazine April 2020

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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travel helps to broaden the musical mind

During his interview for this month’s cover story, the Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson – Gramophone’s current Artist of the Year – reflects on the impact of travel, or more specifically of not travelling, on his musical development. He grew up in Iceland at a time (relatively recently, really) when it was not so easy to journey abroad, when the opportunities taken for granted by his contemporaries in, say, Britain or America, to be exposed to other musicians or to absorb a diversity of music-making, were not available to him. Being a reflective person, Ólafsson looks back on this to see how it shaped him: perhaps therein lie the roots of his love of recordings, his musical friends having been, via that medium, the likes of Evgeny Kissin, Alfred Cortot and Dinu…

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this month’s contributors

Writing our feature on overlooked Beethoven recordings was a labour of love for ROB COWAN. ‘Relistening to Dorati’s proudly assertive Fifth, Jochum’s heavens-storming Choral and the Vlach Quartet’s ethereal C sharp minor Quartet – among others – was a real joy,’ he says. ‘Each year I write the Festivals Guide, I become more obsessed by the musical and cultural adventures on offer,’ says CHARLOTTE GARDNER. ‘Last year, I visited Tsinandali, Verbier, Beaune … Next month it’s Göttingen and Kronberg. I hope this year’s guide inspires readers to explore as many of them as possible.’ Surveying the recordings of Beethoven’s Ninth for a Gramophone Collection is a formidable task but one that RICHARD OSBORNE was happy to take on: ‘Like it or loathe it – as Bernard Shaw said, the finale can be…

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gramophone editor's choice

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No 13 Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Riccardo Muti CSO Resound Riccardo Muti’s understanding of this score brings out its depths, a steady control strengthing the impact throughout; a live recording of an evidently powerful occasion. REVIEW ON PAGE 74 VASKS Piano Trios Trio Palladio Ondine From the exquisite opening arrangement of Lonely Angel – fragility and strength poignantly forged – to the drama and drive of Episodi e Canto perpetuo, this is a compelling insight into Vasks’s musical world. REVIEW ON PAGE 82 ‘COMPLICES’ Jean-Guihen Queyras vc Alexandre Tharaud pf Harmonia Mundi A brilliant example of how an album of encores can – when performed with such style as by these perfectly matched soloists, and programmed so thoughtfully – become a captivatingly crafted through-listen. REVIEW ON PAGE 83 DEBUSSY. RAMEAU Piano Works Vikingur Ólafsson pf DG In our…

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for the record

One of Herbert von Karajan’s favourite singers has passed away at the age of 84. Italian soprano Mirella Freni died on February 7, aged 84. Like her almost exact contemporary and frequent musical partner Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007), she was born in Modena (where she also died). At the age of 12 she appeared in a singing competition, tackling Puccini’s ‘Un bel dì’; she won but was advised by one of the judges, the great tenor Beniamino Gigli to take things slowly. She heeded his advice throughout her long career. Freni recorded extensively for EMI, RCA, Decca, Philips and DG. Among her many honours were Italy’s Cavaliere di Gran Croce and France’s Légion d’honneur. Gramophone presented her with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, on which occasion she joined the LSO and…

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presenting our free digital ballet special!

Gramophone is excited to have published its first digital ballet special, focusing on ballet on screen. The free digital magazine launched on Monday March 9 and has so far generated an overwhelmingly positive response, from readers and industry professionals alike. Curated by Sarah Kirkup, Deputy Editor of Gramophone, ‘Ballet on Screen’ features nearly 20 expertly written reviews of ballet DVDs released in the past year, from classics such as the Bolshoi’s Coppélia and the Royal Ballet’s Mayerling to more contemporary fare such as Akram Khan’s groundbreaking Giselle for English National Ballet and Norwegian Ballet’s unique take on Ibsen. ‘Gramophone has long been respected and renowned for the quality of its reviews of classical music, written by an esteemed panel immersed in the classical music world,’ writes Sarah. ‘We wanted to extend this…

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one to watch

Chiara Skerath Soprano The growing reputation of the Swiss-Belgian lyric soprano Chiara Skerath has been built largely on Mozartian repertoire: Zerlina in Don Giovanni, both Barbarina and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Despina in Così fan tutte, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Ninetta in La finta semplice and Licenza in Il sogno di Scipione – the last of these on a Signum recording with Ian Page, which was shortlisted for a 2018 Gramophone Award. But Skerath’s range goes far beyond Mozart, with repertoire extending from Gluck through Donizetti and Richard Strauss to the role of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. She also excels in French and German song, though we’re yet to hear the fruits of this on record. Our next chance to hear Skerath…