The February issue of Gramophone is now on sale, in which we celebrate Verdi's 200th anniversary through four of his greatest operas: Gianandrea Noseda discusses Macbeth; Renée Fleming talks about La traviata; Mark Elder examines Aida; and Bryn Terfel gives his thoughts on Falstaff. Plus we recommend the best Verdi recordings to own.
Also this issue, David Fanning champions the music of Kalevi Aho for the Contemporary Composers section; Alban Gerhardt records Britten's Cello Symphony in our Session Report; Tugan Sokhiev attends a Stravinsky festival in Toulouse in the Musician's Diary; Tully Potter pays tribute to the Pro Arte Quartet for Icons; Christian Poltéra talks us through Barber's Cello Concerto in The Musician and the Score; and our Music Education Special covers how to write music for children, the Berlin Philharmonic's Orchestra Academy and the National Plan for Music Education.
Plus, the month’s new classical music releases are reviewed by our expert critics – including our Recording of the Month, Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil featuring the Latvian Radio Choir under conductor Sigvards Klava, released on Ondine. Hear an excerpt below:
You can listen to excerpts from all of the month's Gramophone Choice recordings on the Gramophone Player.
For more about the new issue, visit this month's Gramophone magazine.