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Gramophone Magazine

July 2020

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mark Allen Business & Leisure
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3 min.
if we value music, how should we express that?

Many of you, I suspect, have lived much of your musical life online these past months – much of your life in general, perhaps. And while an ever-increasing migration to the virtual sphere is not a wholly positive social development, at such times as these it has largely been a blessing. Without it, our distance from each other as members of a classical music community, artists and audiences alike, would have felt far further than it does now. I’ve written before about some of the ways artists have continued to communicate. Well, last month, it was our turn, when we held a gala in aid of Help Musicians UK, in which former Gramophone Award winners from around the world contributed three hours of performances, reaching more than 200,000 viewers. Also in…

2 min.
this month’s contributors

‘Barbirolli’s individual yet selfless music-making has been an obsession since his Elgar swept me off my feet four decades ago,’ says ANDREW FARACH-COLTON , author of our cover story. ‘Having the chance to explore his discography afresh was an inspirational adventure.’ ‘Jean-Efflam Bavouzet compared the music of Debussy to a magical dream that evaporates,’ recalls MICHELLE ASSAY. ‘I think of my delightful conversation with him, which happened just before the curtains fell on live music, also as an enchanted dream – one forever imprinted on my mind.’ There’s always a danger that the more you listen, the clearer it becomes that your previous go-to version doesn’t quite cut the mustard after all,’ says CHARLOTTE GARDNER , who writes this issue’s Collection. ‘So part of the joy with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto was my…

2 min.
gramophone editor’s choice

RECORDING OF THEMONTH ‘A NEW CENTURY’ The Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst Cleveland Orchestra Elegantly sweeping Strauss, an excellent Prokofiev Third, a stylish up-scaling of Beethoven’s Op 132 String Quartet – and more – this set reflects an orchestral partnership of the first rank. SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2 Alina Ibragimova vn State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’ / Vladimir Jurowski Hyperion An extraordinary performance from Alina Ibragimova, visceral and strongly personal. JS BACH Six Solo Cello Suites Alisa Weilerstein vc Pentatone Alisa Weilerstein embraces the full emotional and technical range of Bach’s Solo Cello suites with open-hearted devotion – richly coloured playing held aloft in a lovely acoustic. ELGAR The Music Makers. Sea Pictures Kathryn Rudge mez Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko Onyx The catalogue gains stunning new interpretations of two…

10 min.
for the record

DG Premium to offer online ticketed concerts Deutsche Grammophon has launched a new online destination called Deutsche Grammophon Premium, offering both free content as well as pay-per-view events available through the new DG Stage portal. Specially filmed concerts will feature Yellow Label artists of the calibre of singers Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón, conductor Andris Nelsons, pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, and film composer John Williams alongside violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Vienna Philharmonic. Documentaries already posted include portraits of conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla and pianist Daniil Trifonov. Another strand will also see performances from last year’s Bayreuth Festival made available to view for a fee. The ticketed portion of the site, which will offer live-streamed concerts, is called DG Stage, and according to DG’s President, Clemens Trautmann, ‘our aim in setting [it up]…

1 min.
amatis piano trio

In 2014, the German violinist Lea Hausmann and British cellist Samuel Shepherd were busking together in Amsterdam when they decided they wanted to form a piano trio. In search of a pianist, they attended the International Liszt Competition that was taking place in Utrecht, and invited the Chinese/Dutch pianist Mengjie Han – who won the third prize – to join them. They formed the Amatis Piano Trio, and gave their first performance a week later. Accolades came quickly. They won the Parkhouse Award in 2015, the final taking place at Wigmore Hall, where they have subsequently performed numerous times. In 2016 they were selected for the BBC New Generation Artists scheme, and then in the 2018/19 season they were chosen as ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) Rising Stars, and toured many…

1 min.
gramophone online

Podcasts This month on the Gramophone Podcast Editor Martin Cullingford meets guitarist Sharon Isbin, whose two new albums explore the versatility of her instrument. The first (‘Affinity’) includes contemporary music for guitar by Chris Brubeck, Leo Brouwer, Tan Dun and Richard Danielpour while the second album (‘Strings for Peace’) features sarod master Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash for a journey through the ragas and talas of North Indian classical music. Also this month, James Jolly speaks to clarinettist Martin Fröst about his new recording of Vivaldi ‘clarinet concertos’, works created with the assistance of the composer and arranger Andreas Tarkmann from arias drawn from the composer’s operas. Specialist Classical Chart The Official Specialist Classical Chart Top 20 is now available on the Gramophone website. Updated every Friday,…