The April edition of Gramophone is now available, with a focus on new music. We interview three composers who exemplify the most inspirational work taking place in three areas of contemporary music: Michael White speaks to American Eric Whitacre, who has attracted vast new audiences to the choral tradition; Philip Clark meets Britain's Sir Harrison Birtwistle, whose 50-year career continiues to break new barriers; and Philip Kennicott talks to John Adams, whose contemporary themed works have placed him firmly in the consciousness of the wider public. Plus Peter Quantrill explores current trends in contemporary composition.
Elsewhere in the issue, Colin Currie talks us through the score of Rautavaara's new percussion concerto, Simone Young keeps a journal from Hamburg, Dmitri Hvorostovsky records Rachmaninov in Moscow, we remember early music pioneer David Munrow in our Icons section, and Richard Osborne explores Brahms's Third Symphony in the Gramophone Collection.
As always we select the best new recordings of the month - and you can read reviews of these and many more recordings by some of the world's best critics.