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E D I T O R I a l geoffrey norris was for many years chief music critic for the Daily Telegraph, for which he still writes, and is a regular Gramophone reviewer. Among his writings is a much-admired book on Rachmaninov.
Gramophone reviewer and composer peter dickinson has written extensively on 20thcentury American music (his book on Barber has just been published). This issue he surveys Copland’s Third Symphony on disc.
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Abbado, interviewed by (almost) everyone
When I started this job I had a wish list of feature ideas and, at the top, two overriding ambitions: to secure an interview with Martha Argerich and another with Claudio Abbado, both among the greatest musicians of our age and both notoriously elusive. Yet each has important things to impart, to teach. Thus it was when Argerich and Stephen Kovacevich interviewed each other in 2008, and thus it is now, as we finally catch up with Abbado.
Since an audience with the revered conductor is rare, I decided to make this a special occasion. Few maestros are so admired among their peers, so I opened the interview up to his distinguished colleagues, who were thrilled for the chance to quiz him and simultaneously to celebrate his remarkable career. Gramophone’s Geoffrey Norris travelled to Abbado’s home in Bologna to put both his own
‘Abbado is still pouring his energies into new challenges. There is much to look forward to’
natalie clein, who writes this month’s Diary, is one of the UK’s leading cellists. Her recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto has now been followed by a very personal project – music by Kodály.
Our Reviewers andrew achenbach Nalen anthoni Mike ashman Philip Clark Rob Cowan* Jeremy Dibble Peter Dickinson Jed Distler Duncan Druce adrian Edwards Richard Fairman David Fallows David Fanning Iain Fenlon Fabrice Fitch Jonathan
Freeman-attwood Edward greenfield David gutman Lindsay Kemp tess Knighton andrew Lamb Richard Lawrence Ivan March Ivan Moody
Bryce Morrison Jeremy Nicholas Christopher Nickol geoffrey Norris Richard Osborne stephen Plaistow Peter Quantrill guy Rickards Malcolm Riley Marc Rochester Julie anne sadie Edward seckerson Pwyll ap siôn Harriet smith Ken smith John steane David threasher David Vickers John Warrack Richard Whitehouse arnold Whittall Richard Wigmore William Yeoman
* Contributing editor questions and those from the likes of Thomas Quasthoff, Roberto Alagna, Barbara Bonney, Gil Shaham, José Van Dam and Jonas Kaufmann.
He may now be on the wrong side of 75 (although as we know, interpretatively speaking, that is often the right side for conductors) and still battling ill health (he has just cancelled his planned La Scala return), but he is still pouring his energies into new challenges. As Norris observes, both the superb Lucerne Festival Orchestra and his Bologna-based Orchestra Mozart benefit from his careful attention, as do a distinguished parade of protégés: Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Harding, Yuja Wang and now Dudamel’s compatriot Diego Matheuz have received the Abbado stamp of approval. With all this, and a continuing slate of recordings, there is much to look forward to.
An urgent word about your high-street CD shop. The news that London’s Music Discount Centre is to close its last branch (at the Royal Festival Hall) comes as a personal blow, having long been a customer. Shops like this, with informed staff and a great selection, still have an important part to play in the promotion of classical music. Online has its place too, of course, but if you do still have a high street shop, please use it!
GRAMOPHONE august 2010