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Gramophone Magazine

November 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mark Allen Business & Leisure
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celebrating the world’s true servants of music

Last week (as I write this) we held our annual Gramophone Awards. It would be unbecoming of me to lavish superlatives on our own ceremony, if not for two things: firstly, that this wonderful event is led not by me but by our tireless Editor-in-Chief James Jolly, and secondly, because what makes the event most memorable lies not with us, but with the artists we honour. You can get a flavour of the occasion on page 8, and indeed watch the whole event, thanks to our filming partners Medici TV, on the Gramophone website (100,000 people worldwide have already done so). And if you do, you’ll encounter moments almost as significant for what they represented as for what they sounded like. One such was when this year’s Lifetime Achievement winner…

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this month’s contributors

‘It was fascinating to talk in-depth with the pianist Beatrice Rana about the programme for her new Ravel and Stravinsky album,’ recalls HUGO SHIRLEY. ‘I enjoyed learning more about what makes this remarkable young musician tick and how she keeps her feet so firmly planted on the ground.’ ‘Conducting a conversation with all four members of a string quartet at the same time feels a bit like becoming a member of the group yourself,’ says RICHARD BRATBY. ‘It was a joy to discover that the Pavel Haas Quartet were as a lively and engaging as interviewees as they are in their music-making.’ ‘Of all Handel’s top-drawer masterpieces, Samson is the hardest nut for musicians to crack,’ says DAVID VICKERS who, this issue, interviews conductor John Butt about recording the work. ‘Being…

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gramophone magazine

EDITOR AND PUBLISHER Martin Cullingford DEPUTY EDITOR Sarah Kirkup / 020 7501 6365 REVIEWS EDITOR Tim Parry / 020 7501 6367 ONLINE CONTENT EDITOR James McCarthy SUB-EDITOR David Threasher / 020 7501 6370 SUB-EDITOR Marija Ðuric Speare ART DIRECTOR Dinah Lone / 020 7501 6689 PICTURE EDITOR Sunita Sharma-Gibson AUDIO EDITOR Andrew Everard EDITORIAL ADMINISTRATOR Libby McPhee THANKS TO Hannah Nepilova and Charlotte Gardner EDITOR-IN-CHIEF James Jolly ADVERTISING COMMERCIAL MANAGER Esther Zuke / 020 7501 6368 SALES EXECUTIVE Samuel Desborough / 020 7501 6373 PUBLISHING HEAD OF MARKETING AND DIGITAL STRATEGY Luca Da Rè / 020 7501 6362 MARKETING MANAGER John Barnett / 020 7501 6233 MARKETING EXECUTIVE Hayley Sigrist / 020 7738 6459 GROUP INSTITUTIONAL SALES MANAGER Jas Atwal PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Richard Hamshere / 01722 716997 PRODUCTION MANAGER Jon Redmayne CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Sally Boettcher / 01722 716997 SUBSCRIPTIONS MANAGER Chris Hoskins / 01722 716997 EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Martin Cullingford MANAGING DIRECTOR Paul Geoghegan CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER…

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gramophone editor's choice

FALLA El amor brujo; El sombrero de tres picos Mahler CO / Pablo Heras-Casado Harmonia Mundi A centenary celebration of El sombrero de tres picos, infused by Pablo Heras-Casado with all the Spanish spirit you could ask for, and an equally outstanding El Amor brujo. GERSHWIN. STRAVINSKY. VARÈSE ‘Transatlantic’ Cincinnati SO / Louis Langrée Fanfare Cincinnati The Cincinnati Symphony are on sparkling form in two versions, one from a new critical edition, of An American in Paris. SCHOENBERG. WEBERN. ZEMLINSKY ‘The Mathilde Album’ Arod Quartet Erato Beautifully played, and recorded, the young Arod Quartet follow their impressive debut with an album of chamber music from the first half of the 20th century. ‘TIME & ETERNITY’ Patricia Kopatchinskaja vn / Camerata Bern Alpha As adventurous in her programming as in her playing, Patricia Kopatchinskaja offers an album whose meeting of music and words, of eras and traditions, is musically…

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gramophone classical music awards 2019

Top (clockwise): De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms; Lifetime Achievement winner Dame Emma Kirkby with Young Artist Jakub Józef Orlinski; members of guest orchestra Arte dei Suonatori; Delphine Galou singing Vivaldi; Artist of the Year Víkingur Ólafsson; Concept Album winner Sean Shibe; Bolette Roed performing Telemann Above: Vox Luminis’s Lionel Meunier (Choral); Pedro Álvares Ribeiro collecting the Early Award for Cupertinos; Anu Komsi (Orchestral); Birgit Nilsson Foundation President Rutbert Reisch (Special Achievement); the evening’s presenter, Editor-in-Chief James Jolly; YS Liu, Hong Kong Philharmonic Chairman (Orchestra of the Year); cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras (Chamber); Bertrand Chamayou, Concerto and Recording of the Year winner Right: Denis Kozhukhin, representing Label of the Year, Pentatone Presented with Giltburg launches Beethoven 32 project While many musicians are exploring Beethoven’s music for the composer’s 250th anniversary year, few are doing so…

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one to watch

The first pianist he has reviewed who was born in the 21st century, writes our critic Jeremy Nicholas of Sandro Nebieridze. But such youth, as he goes on to argue in his review on page 69 of this issue, in no way prevents his performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No 4 from being one ‘that can hold its head high among stiff competition’. It’s one highlight among an impressive debut album from the 18-year-old pianist from Tbilisi, which features other works by Prokofiev, including four of the Ten Pieces from Romeo And Juliet, and several works by Rachmaninov, his Second Sonata among them. Listening to the album reveals an artist who already sounds entirely at home in the studio; a supporting promotional video sees him discussing the process of recording with…

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