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Gramophone Magazine Awards 2020

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Barber . Rachmaninov Barber Cello Sonata, Op 6 Rachmaninov Cello Sonata, Op 19 Jonah Kim vc Sean Kennard pf Delos F DE3574 (53’ • DDD) Sergey Rachmaninov and Samuel Barber were both twenty-somethings when they composed their only sonatas for cello and piano. These are works of young firebrands, full of emotional urgency and heightened instrumental challenges, which are met to striking effect in the performances offered on this new recording by the cellist Jonah Kim and pianist Sean Kennard. All the hallmarks of Rachmaninov’s mature style are present in his Sonata for piano and violoncello, Op 19, from brooding lyricism and propulsive fervour to virtuoso flights. It may be telling that piano comes before cello in the work’s title, since Rachmaninov, with his seemingly superhuman technique, was at the keyboard for the…

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stepping back to celebrate – and to remember

As we write in the opening to our Awards section, it has been – and continues to be – a year like no other. And as James Jolly also writes on that page: ‘Thank goodness for recordings!’ Thank goodness indeed. For most of the people reading this, recordings have been the primary, perhaps only, way of experiencing classical music over this past difficult half-year. Our Awards are always a time to step back and honour the achievements of the past 12 months – and this we certainly do, over a celebratory 34-page section highlighting those recordings which have been enriching, uplifting and entertaining. Writers – and we at Gramophone are as guilty as anyone of this – often reach for that phrase ‘golden age’ to capture the magnificence of a previous…

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this month’s contributors

‘There are some singers who can never be replaced, and Margaret Price, with her radiantly beautiful soprano voice, is definitely one,’ says Icons author RICHARD FAIRMAN. ‘It has been a huge pleasure to relive memories and listen again to an artist of unique style and classical perfection.’ JONATHAN SHIPLEY, a freelance writer and enthusiastic trombonist from Atlanta, Georgia, leapt at the chance to write about Aaron Jay Kernis for this month’s Contemporary Composer feature. ‘I was thrilled to talk to this Pulitzer Prize-winner about music, poetry, and the poetry of music,’ he says. ‘It was a pleasure to revisit Fidelio on disc, and to encounter the latest filmed version courtesy of the Royal Opera House along the way,’ says MIKE ASHMAN, who writes this month’s Collection. ‘The biggest realisation for me…

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gramophone editor's choice

RECORDING OF THEMONTH SCHMIDT The Complete Symphonies Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / Paavo Järvi DG A significant addition to the Schmidt catalogue, this set of his symphonies has been lovingly prepared and powerfully performed by Paavo Järvi, a conductor clearly passionate about championing this music. ‘ARANJUEZ’ Thibaut Garcia gtr Toulouse Capitole Orchestra / Ben Glassberg Erato A performance of Rodrigo’s masterpiece from Thibaut Garcia of real poetry – and that’s just the opening of a truly splendid and diverse album of guitar music. ‘GOOD NIGHT!’ Bertrand Chamayou pf Erato Last year’s Recording of the Year winner Bertrand Chamayou in a very different programme to that Saint-Saëns triumph – an intimate recital of tender beauty featuring music from Alkan, Brahms, Busoni, Chopin and many others. REVIEW ON PAGE 83 ‘CHANSON D’AMOUR’ Sabine Devieilhe sop Alexandre Tharaud pf Erato A luxurious immersion in the world…

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for the record

Anew album from Decca, destined for many a music-loving family’s Christmas stocking, will unite the extraordinary Kanneh-Mason siblings with Academy Award-winning actor Olivia Colman and children’s author Michael Morpurgo. Due out on November 6, the recording will feature new poems written by Morpurgo to Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals. Morpugo himself will join Colman in reciting the poems. It will also feature Morpurgo’s Grandpa Christmas story, set to music for the first time using pieces including Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and The Flight of the Bumblebee, with Morpurgo reading the role of Grandpa, and the youngest Kanneh-Mason, Mariatu, taking the part of his granddaughter. A further inclusion will be the Kanneh-Masons’ own arrangement of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song, marking 40 years since its release in 1980. The album’s artwork,…

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two labels offer education resources

Naxos has added a new education initiative to its current offering of books, albums and apps for children (not to mention its vast catalogue which covers the repertoire as widely as any label). Aimed at children aged four to 12, NaxosMusicBox.com will draw together 4000 audio tracks, plus audiobooks, playlists and listening quizzes, and will be regularly updated. Differing versions will allow access either for teachers (including lesson plans and other classrooms resources), or for children and parents self-studying at home, with differing subscription options (starting with a seven-day free trial). According to Naxos founding chairman Klaus Heymann, ‘Contributing to the public’s classical music education has been central to my vision for Naxos since the label’s inception. We have taken different approaches with different age groups and have never forgotten the importance…