Gramophone Magazine April 2021

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gramophone the role of records in championing repertoire

In a recent Gramophone Podcast, our Editor-in-Chief James Jolly talked to Jodie Devos about her new Alpha Classics album of English song by composers including Britten, Walton, Gurney and Vaughan Williams. An Editor’s Choice in our March issue, it’s a beautiful recital, exquisitely sung, the sort of project that lingers in the memory just as much for its creativity as its music-making. When asked by James if it’s a programme she’s going to be touring, the soprano replies: ‘We’d love to, but it’s really difficult to find houses who want this kind of programme.’ Aware of the challenges of filling auditoriums, and with no experience of doing so, I’m not about to take venues to task or offer advice. But it’s heartening to be reminded by a young artist of the…

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this month’s contributors

‘What happens when every opera house wants you and then every opera house closes?’ pondered NEIL FISHER as he prepared to speak to Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen. ‘She spoke frankly to me about a year unlike any other – and her renewed passion for performance was both moving and inspiring.’ ‘Vaughan Williams’s encounter with folk song changed the course of his creative life,’ says JEREMY DIBBLE, author of our fascinating feature. ‘It was a voyage of discovery for me to explore the tunes he arranged as well as the dexterity of accompaniments he brought to this repertoire.’ ‘Arcangelo strikes me as one of those groups who always seem to do the right things in Baroque and Classical music, whatever the piece,’ says LINDSAY KEMP. ‘Talking to their Director Jonathan Cohen about recording…

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gramophone editor's choice

‘FRENCH DUETS’ Steven Osborne, Paul Lewis pf Hyperion HARRIET SMITH’S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 34 Two of today’s most compelling soloists unite for this beautiful recital – from radiancy in Ravel to playfulness in Poulenc, via some sublime Debussy, this album is sheer joy from beginning to end. BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto. Symphony No 2 Isabelle Faust vn Jean-Guihen Queyras vc Alexander Melnikov pf Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Pablo Heras-Casado Harmonia Mundi Collaborative music at its most brilliant. REVIEW ON PAGE 36 ELGAR Violin Concerto. Violin Sonata Renaud Capuçon vn Stephen Hough pf London Symphony Orchestra / Simon Rattle Erato Refined and emotive Elgar from a violinist who deeply understands this music’s heart. REVIEW ON PAGE 39 MAHLER Symphony No 4 Anna Lucia Richter sop Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Jakub Hruša Accentus Moving and beautifully crafted Mahler, the symphony’s sweep superbly presented by an ever-impressive conductor and players deeply immersed in its idiom. REVIEW ON PAGE 42 ‘OCCURRENCE’ Iceland…

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for the record

Deutsche Grammophon has made two new signings this month – the violinist Bomsori Kim, and the harpist Magdalena Hoffmann. Kim, from South Korea, has already appeared favourably in our pages, with well-received recordings of Shostakovich and Wieniawski on Warner Classics (2/18) and a DG chamber recital with pianist Rafal Blechacz of Debussy, Fauré, Szymanowski and Chopin, in which Charlotte Gardner praised her sound as ‘direct and ardent, with mahogany-hued lower registers contrasting with sweetly ringing, singing upper ones’ (5/19). Her first solo album for the label, set for a June release, features music written for or inspired by opera or ballet, some in new arrangements for violin and orchestra, repertoire reflected in its title: ‘Violin on Stage’. Kim recorded the album with the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic and its Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero –…

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one to watch

In 2019 the Slovenian clarinettist Blaž Šparovec, who turns 27 this month, won the Carl Nielsen Clarinet Competition – an event with a formidable track record of helping to establish young musicians of enormous talent and promise. On the jury of this competition was Michael Collins, who said that ‘Blaž was the deserving winner … he showed immense qualities from the start and is able to communicate with the audience his joy of music-making. His technical skill and warm sound will make him stand out as a true individual.’ Part of Šparovec’s prize, in common with other winners of this competition, was to make an album. Reunited with the Odense Symphony Orchestra during the period of respite from lockdown last summer, Šparovec has recorded the clarinet concertos by Nielsen and…

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gramophone online

Podcasts Following her highly acclaimed debut album, a programme of Offenbach coloratura arias for Alpha Classics, Jodie Devos turns to the English language for ‘And Love Said …’. James Jolly spoke with Devos on Zoom at her home in Paris to hear the story behind the album – an album which was selected as an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone’s March issue. Also this month, Gramophone’s Reviews Editor Tim Parry caught up with Benjamin Grosvenor to discuss the pianist’s new Decca album, which focuses on one composer, Franz Liszt. Grosvenor, a former Gramophone Young Artist of the Year and Instrumental Award winner, was introduced to the music of Liszt at an early age, and he talks about his experience of performing the composer’s music and the different works on this new release.…