Gramophone Magazine June 2021

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happy 80th birthday to a truly great pianist

I’d be hard pressed to think of a living musician who commands such admiration and affection as Martha Argerich. For as long as I’ve mixed in musical circles, the pianist’s name has evoked hushed tones of acclaim and gratitude for her contribution to our world. That she’s the antithesis of the famed virtuoso, one whose life seems more dedicated to the development of her collaborative colleagues rather than anything as ephemeral as fame, only adds to the sense that here, among us, is a figure to cherish. And, indeed, to celebrate. And Argerich’s 80th birthday, which falls on June 5, seems just the fitting moment to do so. I was once privileged to attend her Progetto Martha Argerich, held beside Lake Lugano, where she gathered friends and colleagues (and it was…

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this month’s contributors

‘For most piano enthusiasts, Martha Argerich inspires wonder and fascination, and I am no exception,’ says Reviews Editor TIM PARRY, who writes our cover feature. ‘My sense of this great artist’s unique qualities was deepened by my discussions with musicians including her eldest daughter.’ ‘Thanks to the wonders of Zoom, the world has become much smaller,’ says Editor-in-Chief JAMES JOLLY. ‘So, catching up with composers Howard Shore and Joby Talbot, with Miloš on the same call, made for a couple of lively conversations as they told me how they came to write their new guitar concertos for him.’ ‘Festivals junkie that I am, compiling the festivals guide is always a labour of love, so it was heartbreaking to watch 2020’s cancellations unfold,’ recalls CHARLOTTE GARDNER. ‘However, it’s back to joyousness for 2021,…

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gramophone editor’s choice

MOZART ‘Momentum 1785’ Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Leif Ove Andsnes pf Sony Classical HARRIET SMITH’S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 52 This is a beautifully performed and recorded album of Mozart music from Leif Ove Andsnes and his Mahler CO colleagues, one clearly created amid a spirit of warm collaboration. R STRAUSS Burleske. Ein Heldenleben Bertrand Chamayou pf Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Antonio Pappano Warner Classics A glorious showcase of Pappano’s partnership with his Rome ensemble, and with Chamayou thrilling in the Burleske. REVIEW ON PAGE 61 ‘THE MOON & THE FOREST’ Miloš Karadaglic gtr Decca Miloš introduces us to two engaging new concertos for guitar by Howard Shore and Joby Talbot, both written and performed with a clear affection for the instrument’s sonority and soul. REVIEW ON PAGE 65 HINDEMITH Wind Sonatas Les Vents Français; Éric Le Sage…

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for the record

Born March 16, 1928 Died April 24, 2021 The great mezzo Christa Ludwig has died at the age of 93. One of the most beautiful and beloved of voices during an extraordinarily rich career, her glorious recorded catalogue contains memorable and powerful portrayals of so many of her repertoire’s greatest roles. Born in Berlin, Ludwig’s mother was a gifted mezzo who sang under a young Karajan, while her father had sung alongside Enrico Caruso at the Met before turning to directing and the teaching of acting and public-speaking. Ludwig learnt much from both, and in 1945 gained her first professional contract in Giessen with the company managed by her father, singing opera and operetta in factories and bars. For the 1946-47 season she was engaged by Frankfurt Opera, and in 1952 by…

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one to watch

Joana Mallwitz Conductor When our critics single out a new name for particular praise, it’s time to take note. One such artist is the 35-year-old German conductor Joana Mallwitz. ‘A Great C major worthy of the nickname,’ wrote Peter Quantrill in April’s Online Concerts and Events feature of her Schubert symphony with Berlin’s Konzerthaus Orchestra . ‘A buoyant sense of purpose is established from the outset,’ he added, ‘so is a pulse that admits smiling inflections of light and shade. The main Allegro sweeps in on a wave of euphoria.’ Quantrill also praised her Salzburg Festival debut last summer in a Covid-compliant Così fan tutte, a recording of which – starring such singers as Elsa Dreisig and Marianne Crebassa – is our DVD of the Month this issue. This time, it’s the…

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gramophone online

Tom Stoppard and André Previn While preparing a new documentary about Andre Previn, Jon Tolansky spoke at length to Sir Tom Stoppard about his collaboration with Previn on the play Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. Tolansky presents Stoppard’s revealing recollections of his creative partnership and friendship with Previn on the Gramophone website. Podcasts This month on the Gramophone Podcast: James Jolly catches up with Sir Antonio Pappano by video call at his house in Rome to talk about two new releases – Vaughan Williams symphonies with the LSO and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben with the the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, but also to discuss how he has been making music in these unusual and troubling times; Joyce DiDonato describes how she found her way to the emotional centre of Schubert’s Winterreise, a…