July highlights from EMI and Virgin Classics
S P O T L I G H T
Mozart Piano Concertos
Evgeny Kissin Evgeny Kissin continues his fruitful relationship with EMI Classics with this new recording of two of Mozart’s most famous piano concertos: Nos. 20 in D minor and 27 in B-flat Major. This electrifying recording, with Kissin conducting the orchestra Kremerata Baltica from the keyboard, is one that his legion of admirers is certain to embrace. His phenomenal keyboard technique and impeccable artistry continue to astound and amaze audiences and critics alike. Catch Kissin performing live at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 6 October 2010.
‘Evgeny Kissin has an ironclad technique and is the master of the fiery grand gesture.’ The New York Times
A L S O N E W T H I S M O N T H
With this release of Berenice, Alan Curtis adds his seventh recording of a complete Handel opera to the Virgin Classics catalogue, Recorded here with Il Complesso
Barocco. Watch this space for Ariodante also conducted by Curtis, due for release in 2011.
Brand new choral work Gloria, paired with Te Deum featuring the National Youth Chorus of Great Britain and the London Symphony
Orchestra. Soloist Hayley Westenra features on the track ‘I’ll make music’.
This re-packaging brings Kennedy’s famous recording of the Bach Violin Concertos and the Concerto for Oboe with the Berliner Philharmoniker up to date, ready to be discovered by a new generation of fans.
Five new releases from the Virgo series offering masterpieces by Berlioz, Humperdinck, Schubert and Mozart. Artists include Sir Roger Norrington,
Sir Charles Mackerras, Heinrich Schiff, Karl Anton Rickenbacher and Lambert Orkis.
20th Century Classics
20th Century Classics
The fifth release in the popular 20th Century Classics series of 2CD sets, featuring composers Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan
Williams, Aram Khachaturia, György Ligeti and Franz Schreker.
Five new Essential releases, presenting 2CD sets of the best-loved and most popular works by the great composers,
performed by the world’s leading artists at a great price.
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‘Hear Richter turn Schubert’s Allegro into a manic Presto and find yourself caught up in a tornado-like swirl of events’ Newly issued archive performances of Schubert piano music by Sviatoslav Richter, reviewed by Bryce Morrison on page 74
Letters A plea for Butterworth; a technological clanger; the soundproof music writer
editor’s choice Domingo with Lang Lang, Gergiev records Rachmaninov – the finest discs of the month
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For the record Carmen in 3D; Jurowski and Nézet-Séguin both commit to the London Philharmonic
a conversation with… …conductor Thomas Dausgaard
Cellist Natalie Clein explores Kodály’s mindset
richard eyre How pop can lead to a love of classical music
phiLip kennicott The “Nimrod” problem – liking it too much
recordings on triaL Arnold Whittall and Philip Clark place Philip
Glass’s Music in Twelve Parts in the dock
biography oF an instrument The fascinating story of the world’s largest operational organ, the Wanamaker
one to watch The fast-rising Italian soprano (and Riccardo
Muti favourite) Maria Luigia Borsi
F e A t u R e S
saLute to abbado Claudio Abbado is one of the world’s most revered conductors. Interviews are rare, thus some of his most eminent colleagues
– including Maurizio Pollini, Jonas Kaufmann and Barbara Bonney – have joined
Gramophone in posing questions to the maestro at his home in Bologna
the record coLLector John Steane on one of the finest collections he has ever seen and its remarkable owner
writers in music Emily Dickinson has inspired many composers because, says Philip Clark, she wrote like one
the coLLection Peter Dickinson searches for an ideal recording of Copland’s Third Symphony
Abbado takes a bow for Gramophone
e n C o R e musicaL journeys Students and experienced stars perform together in Bergen; alternative London music festivals; cello music in historic houses
pick oF the musicaL month Richard Bonynge conducts La sonnambula in Sydney; classical music goes to the circus in Helsinki
audio and visuaL All the latest from the High End Show in Munich; an elusive pair of loudspeakers
Which recording of Copland’s Third Symphony receives the highest recommendation? 44
GRAMOPHONE august 2010