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Gramophone Magazine

February 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.

United Kingdom
Mark Allen Business & Leisure
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from record sales to education: new year news

The New Year began with some good news. Barely had the sound of Strauss waltzes faded from Vienna (this year under the baton of Christian Thielemann, reviewed on page 49) and choirs swapped their Christmas carols for Epiphany hymns (though aren’t some of those among the brightest and best?), when the BPI, the UK recording industry organisation, announced its sales figures for 2018. First published was some general good news: that across all genres there was a six per cent rise in sales. But then, a week later, it announced the results of some drilling down into classical-specific results, and revealed a remarkable 10 per cent increase. Within that was a 42 per cent increase in streaming, but the standout figure for me was that CD sales alone saw…

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this month’s contributors

‘I’ve loved Berlioz ever since I heard Roméo et Juliette as a teenager,’ TIM ASHLEY, author of our cover story, says. ‘So it’s been both a pleasure and a privilege to talk with four great experts on his work, each of whom has played an essential part in shaping our understanding of the man and his music today.’ ‘Sometimes I worry that re-hearing Nielsen’s greatest symphony won’t thrill me as much as when I first encountered it nearly 50 years ago,’ admits DAVID FANNING, who explores recordings of Symphony No 5 in this month’s Collection. ‘But it always does, even though naturally not every recording hits the spot.’(COVER PHOTOGRAPH: AKG-IMAGES/ALBUM/ORONOZ) ‘When I met Leila Josefowicz 15 years ago, she was just starting to specialise in contemporary music’, says ANDREW…

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the reviewers

Andrew Achenbach • Nalen Anthoni • Tim Ashley • Mike Ashman • Michelle Assay Richard Bratby • Edward Breen • Liam Cagney • Alexandra Coghlan • Rob Cowan (consultant reviewer) Jeremy Dibble • Peter Dickinson • Jed Distler • Adrian Edwards • Richard Fairman • David Fallows David Fanning • Andrew Farach-Colton • Iain Fenlon • Neil Fisher • Fabrice Fitch • Jonathan Freeman-Attwood Charlotte Gardner • David Gutman • Christian Hoskins • Lindsay Kemp • Philip Kennicott • Richard Lawrence Andrew Mellor • Ivan Moody • Bryce Morrison • Hannah Nepil • Jeremy Nicholas • Christopher Nickol Geoffrey Norris • Richard Osborne • Stephen Plaistow • Mark Pullinger • Peter Quantrill • Guy Rickards Malcolm Riley • Marc Rochester • Patrick Rucker • Edward Seckerson • Hugo Shirley…

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gramophone editor's choice

Martin Cullingford’s pick of the finest recordings from this month’s reviews DUTILLEUX. LUTOS-AWSKICello Concertos Johannes Moser vc Berlin RSO / Thomas Søndergård PentatoneJohannes Moser offer us remarkably visceral and vivid playing in these two 20th-century cello works. JS BACHSolo Violin Sonatas and Partitas Giuliano Carmignola vn DGWhat an extradinary master of his instrument violinist Giuliano Carmignola is – the range of colour, of imagination, and of emotion makes this a Bach solo set to savour. HANDEL Serse Sols; Il Pomo d’Oro / Maxim Emelyanychev DGFresh from last year’s Editor’s Choice-winning Handel album – and just as fresh-voiced – countertenor Franco Fagioli triumphantly leads the cast in a superb set of the composer’s opera Serse. SHOSTAKOVICH. KABALEVSKYCello Sonatas Steven Isserlis vc Olli Mustonen pf Hyperion Stylish playing,…

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bidding farewell to the bass-baritone theo adam

In Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at the Vienna State Opera in 1997 The German bass-baritone has died in Dresden, the city of his birth, at the age of 92. His long career stretched over some 40 years and took him to the world’s great opera houses.Adam studied with Rudolf Dietrich in Dresden, making his stage debut there as the Hermit in Weber’s Der Freischütz at the Semperoper in 1949. In 1952 he joined the company of the Berlin State Opera and also appeared at Bayreuth for the first time. Wagner would form a cornerstone of Adam’s repertoire with the title-role of Der fliegende Holländer being his most-performed Wagner role.Down the years he would perform Heinrich (Lohengrin), both Titurel and Amfortas (Parsifal), Fasolt (Rheingold) and Wotan (Ring), Hans Sachs…

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norwegian violinist mari samuelsen joins dg

The Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen joins the Yellow Label. Her first release, out this summer, focuses on music by so-called neo-classical composers, Max Richter, Brian Eno, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Peter Gregson alongside Bach’s Chaconne. Her first album for a Universal label was ‘Nordic Noir’ (Decca, 2017) alongside the Trondheim Soloists, which included music from some of the recent Nordic and Nordic-inspired TV scores like The Killing, The Bridge and Broadchurch. Richter, whose music Samuelsen often performs, has praised the violinist’s interpretations: ‘Mari has an instinctive understanding of my compositional world’, he said, ‘and an uncanny ability to communicate my intentions.’ (PHOTOGRAPHY: WIENER STAATSOPER/AXEL ZEININGER) ■…