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Gramophone Magazine February 2021

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3 min
travel and touring in a post-pandemic world

It’s either escapist or depressing to think about travel at a time of lockdown. But musicians will travel again, just as they always have. Sometimes such moves are permanent: Gerard Schwarz’s feature this issue remembers composers who fled fascism to settle in America, finding freedom and safety from persecution, and indelibly enriching their adoptive home’s life. As with his article on American composers for us in 2019, there is much music to discover, and I urge you to do so. More generally, though, today’s artists recall the enriching experience of collaborating with colleagues in corners of the world far removed from one’s own. But as we contemplate a post-pandemic world, how might the nature of such activity change? All artists are desperate to work again, but the enforced pause is leading…

2 min
this month’s contributors

‘I had a good feeling Hilary Hahn would know how to operate Zoom, given she’s been using the internet longer than most of us,’ says ANDREW MELLOR . ‘It was fascinating to chat with an artist whose pre-planned time out had unwittingly coincided with the world’s, and become something different as a result.’ ‘As the son of two Austrian immigrants, I’m fascinated by the cultural impact of immigrants coming to the US,’ says the author of our fascinating feature, conductor GERARD SCHWARZ. ‘What did moving here mean to composers? Shedding light on those mid-20th-century artists has been hugely enjoyable.’ ‘Alfred Brendel has been in my life since I was seven and first discovered an LP of his Mozart concertos,’ recalls Icons author HARRIET SMITH. ‘It was a pleasure to revisit his life…

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gramophone editor's choice

‘ENGLISH MUSIC FOR STRINGS’ Sinfonia of London / John Wilson Chandos Once again John Wilson draws the most glorious sound from his hand-picked orchestra, lavishing care and devotion on repertoire that could have been written for him. REVIEW ON PAGE 38 JS BACH Das wohltemperirte Clavier, Book 2 – selections Piotr Anderszewski pf Warner Classics Thoughtful and thought-provoking programming by Piotr Anderszewski is paired with sensitive interpretation throughout, making for a compelling Bach album. REVIEW ON PAGE 54 BEETHOVEN. RIHM. SCHUBERT Vanitas Georg Nigl bar Olga Pashchenko pf Alpha A well-planned recital from Austrian baritone Georg Nigl of songs that draw on his voice’s reflective and humane sound, with pianist Olga Pashchenko at one with him in this journey REVIEW ON PAGE 64 BEETHOVEN Violin Sonatas Nos 7 & 10 James Ehnes vn Andrew Armstrong pf Onyx A brilliant sonata series closes on a high: James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong have proved…

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for the record

Sir Simon Rattle has been appointed Chief Conductor of the Munich-based Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and its Chorus with effect from the 2023-24 season. The initial contract is for five years. He will step down from his role as Music Director of the LSO in 2023 and assume the title of Conductor Emeritus. Rattle has enjoyed a close relationship with the BRSO since 2010, and together they’ve given many concerts including Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Die Walküre as well as Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, recordings of which have been released on the BR-Klassik label. In a statement issued by the LSO, the Berlin-based Rattle said that ‘my reasons for accepting the role of Chief Conductor in Munich are entirely personal, enabling me to better manage the balance of my work…

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one to watch

Hiyoli Togawa Viola Hiyoli Togawa has Japanese and Australian roots but grew up in Germany, and received a master’s degree from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich in 2014. As a child she played the violin, but switched to the viola and studied with Rainer Moog and Antoine Tamestit. Various awards and a budding solo career led to associations with composers including Kalevi Aho, who in 2017 composed a solo work for her (Solo XII – In memoriam EJR, in memory of Einojuhani Rautavaara who died in 2016). Togawa has recorded this work for BIS, which will be issued in May. Before then, we can look forward to Togawa’s debut recording for BIS, out in April: ‘Songs of Solitude’ is an album born out of the seclusion of lockdown, and…

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gramophone online

Gramophone podcast The Gramophone Podcast is free to enjoy and available on all podcasting platforms. Recent episodes include a 90th birthday interview with the great pianist Alfred Brendel, who took some time to reflect on his career with Editor-in-Chief James Jolly. In another new episode, Editor Martin Cullingford spoke to percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie about her latest recordings of works for percussion, by composers Alexis Alrich, Sir Karl Jenkins, Ned Rorem and Christian Lindberg. Both of these episodes join a huge archive of fascinating interviews with artists and composers, which are all still available to enjoy. Chart The UK’s Official Specialist Classical Chart Top 20 is featured on the Gramophone website and it is a great way to explore popular new classical recordings. The chart is updated every Friday at 6pm. Facebook, Instagram & Twitter Follow us…