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Gramophone Magazine July 2021

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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discovering great artists - with increased ease

Irecently set our expert on archive recordings Rob Cowan a challenge – and he then set me, all of us in fact, one in return. I invited him to come up with a list of 20 superb artists who for reasons varied – sometimes tragic, sometimes simply to do with the vagaries of fortune – are either unknown, or known only to a limited number of aficionados. The result can be found starting on page 22 – ‘Great musicians from under the radar’ – where across seven pages he introduces us to artists both past and present who deserve to be much better appreciated. There’s nothing wrong with affording fame to figures who dominate the classical music scene – their brilliance often deserves the brightest of light, greatest of support and…

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this month’s contributors

‘Piazzolla didn’t merely change the sound of the tango,’ says ANDREW FARACH-COLTON, who writes our cover story. ‘He broadened its parameters to where they blend into classical and jazz. Interviewing musicians of various stripes underscored how ferociously he fought for this artistic freedom.’ ‘I’ve always been one for the underdog,’ says ROB COWAN. ‘The joy of writing my piece this issue is that it gave me a chance to sort through dozens of CDs featuring artists whose reputations are “under the radar”. Don’t ever kid yourself that the musical world belongs only to household names!’ ‘Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote is such a richly entertaining and moving work,’ says the writer of this month’s Collection HUGO SHIRLEY. ‘So I thoroughly enjoyed working my way through its 90-year discography, _illed as it is with…

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gramophone editors choice

RECORDING OF THE MONTH BRAHMS Piano Concertos Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / András Schi_ pf ECM New Series MICHELLE ASSAY’S REVIEW IS ON PAGE 30 These beautiful periodinstrument performances, directed by András Schiff from a restored 1859 Blüthner, bring a compelling freshness to Brahms’s much-loved piano concertos. JS BACH Orchestral Suites Concerto Copenhagen / Lars Ulrik Mortensen CPO Prepare to dance, reviewer Mark Seow suggests of Concerto Copenhagen and Lars Ulrik Mortensen’s album of Bach suites – a brilliant example of this wonderful group at its best. REVIEW ON PAGE 32 MOZART Serenades Nos 10 & 11 Sols of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin Harmonia Mundi Another new recording of the Gran Partita, and like all the best takes on this masterpiece it absolutely delights; period-performance Mozart at its most engaging. REVIEW ON PAGE 51 ‘MELANCHOLY GRACE’ Jean Rondeau hpd…

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for the record

Mezzo Emily D’Angelo joins DG The newest addition to the Deutsche Grammophon roster is the mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo. The announcement of the exclusive arrangement came just a week after the 26-year-old Italian-Canadian made her Covent Garden debut, singing the role of Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, in a new production directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. Her DG label debut, titled ‘enargeia’ and set for release on October 8, will feature music by four composers. The Yellow Label describes it thus: ‘D’Angelo’s initial inspiration was the medieval abbess, mystic and polymath Hildegard von Bingen, whose music she presents here in fresh arrangements by leading American composers Missy Mazzoli and Sarah Kirkland Snider. The album also includes original pieces by both Mazzoli and Snider, as well as two stunning…

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celebrate the greatest tenors

Opera Now, Gramophone’s sister magazine, has launched a special Collector’s Edition publication, The Greatest Tenors, celebrating the music, lives and legacy of legendary singers and putting a spotlight on the compelling, emotionally charged qualities of the tenor voice. Ashutosh Khandekar, Editor-in-Chief of Opera Now introduces the publication: ‘In The Greatest Tenors, we have chosen not just the most beautiful voices (though they are well represented in this collection), but singers who display versatility, charisma, durability and above all something distinctive in their voices and personalities that deepens our understanding of tenor singing and the sheer range of its artistry.’ The collection spans more than a century of outstanding tenors, from Enrico Caruso, the first celebrity of the recording era, to legendary names such as Beniamino Gigli, Franco Corelli, Jussi Björling, Alfredo Kraus,…

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our podcasts pass the half million mark

Posted every Friday, the Gramophone Podcast brings you closer to the leading musicians of our time, with stars as diverse as Alfred Brendel, Joyce DiDonato, Sir Antonio Pappano, Dame Emma Kirkby, Dame Janet Baker, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Stephen Hough, Benjamin Grosvenor and Nathalie Stutzmann joining us to discuss their art, with a particular focus on their work in the studio. This month we reached the 500,000 download milestone, and we’d like to thank all our listeners – and if you’re not among them, and would like to be, why not give us a try? Gramophone Podcasts are free – simply visit gramophone.co.uk/podcast to explore the hundreds of available episodes, or search for ‘Gramophone Magazine’ wherever you get your podcasts.…