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Gramophone Magazine

May 2021
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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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mark Allen Business & Leisure
Frequency:
Monthly
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gramophone covering recording - past, present and future

Classical recording is a living art form – and as such has a past, present and future. And those interwoven threads of heritage, modernity and looking ahead are something we endeavour to explore in every issue of Gramophone. Starting with the past, our Reissue and Archive coverage offers an in-depth insight into the foundations on which everything that comes afterwards rests. It’s a place in our pages where writers can bring both discernment and distance to bear on analysing and understanding the contributions great figures of the past made to their era and, through the reissue of their recordings today, make to our era too. This month, Richard Osborne’s essay on Eugene Ormandy’s Philadelphia years, and Peter Quantrill’s survey of curated Stravinsky interpretations, unpack some of the latest major box-sets,…

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this month’s contributors

‘I was overjoyed to be summoned unexpectedly to hear Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra record Mozart at the start of a new lockdown in Berlin,’ recalls HUGO SHIRLEY. ‘It was fascinating to discuss the project with the pianist on a socially distanced stroll through the Tiergarten.’ ‘As soon as I heard about The Binchois Consort’s latest recording project’, recalls FABRICE FITCH, ‘I was intrigued by the concept, which combines early Renaissance polyphony and the latest technology from the world of gaming. It was fascinating to discover more about it.’ ‘I do enjoy an encounter with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, even if I’m learning there’s little point researching for the interview,’ says ANDREW MELLOR, who talks to her about Pierrot Lunaire this issue. ‘Whether you’re a musician, or a chef, she has…

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gramophone editor’s choice

‘PROUST, LE CONCERT RETROUVÉ’ Théotime Langlois de Swarte vn Tanguy de Williencourt pf Harmonia Mundi TIM ASHLEY’S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 32 A truly delightful and lovingly performed recital, recreating a 1907 private concert held by Proust, and using two instruments of glorious character and colour held in Paris’s Musée de la Musique. CARTER The Minotaur. Pocahontas Boston Modern Orchestra Project / Gil Rose BMOP/sound Another significant contribution to our understanding of modern and American music from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project under their conductor Gil Rose. REVIEW ON PAGE 37 JS BACH ‘The Well-Tempered Consort, Vol 2’ Phantasm Linn This is an album of completely compelling collaboration from the Gramophone Award-winning viol consort, a richly rewarding immersion into the complexity and beauty of Bach’s world. REVIEW ON PAGE 46 ‘NORDIC RHAPSODY’ Johan Dalene vn Christian Ihle Hadland pf BIS Violinist…

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for the record

Conductor Klaus Mäkelä joins Decca Classics Decca Classics has signed Klaus Mäkelä, the Finnish conductor whose career already includes two high-profile orchestral posts. Mäkelä took up the role of Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic in August last year, and will, in addition, assume the post of Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris in September 2022. His debut recording will be a complete Sibelius symphony cycle with the Oslo Philharmonic, including the symphonic poem Tapiola and the fragments of the Eighth Symphony (the release date is yet to be announced). ‘I am really happy and honoured to join Decca Classics,’ said Mäkelä. ‘In the coming seasons, I look forward to recording with both the Oslo Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris and to choosing repertoire that suits the musical identity and sound of…

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one to watch

Joséphine Olech Flute The French flautist Joséphine Olech won the First Prize, Audience Prize and Junior Jury Prize at the Carl Nielsen International Competition in 2019. As with the clarinettist Blaž Šparovec, featured in this slot last month, part of Olech’s prize is to make an album. This, her first concerto recording, sees her reunited with the Odense Symphony Orchestra and conductor Anna Skryleva in flute concertos by Carl Nielsen, Theodoor Verhey and Jean Françaix. Born in Paris in 1994, Olech studied with Sophie Cherrier at the Paris Conservatory. In 2017 she was appointed principal flute of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, where she has played under conductors including Yannick Nézet-Seguin, Lahav Shani and Valery Gergiev – an experience she has described as being ‘an endless source of inspiration’. On May 1, she…

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gramophone online

Podcasts This month on the Gramophone Podcast, Anna Lucia Richter talks to James Jolly about singing Monteverdi and her decision to transition from a soprano to a mezzo. Plus, violinist Francesca Dego tells Martin Cullingford what it was like to play Paganini’s own violin, ‘Il Cannone’, for her new album (reviewed in the April issue), and Swedish pianist Peter Jablonski reflects on the life and works of all-but-forgotten composer Alexei Stanchinsky (1888-1914) and why his music still resonates today. Exploring the genius of JS Bach As well as those mentioned above, we have also produced a very special podcast with Gramophone reviewer and Principal of the Royal Academy of Music Jonathan Freeman-Attwood devoted to exploring the music, life and legacy of the greatest genius of Baroque music – and arguably of all music…