The August issue of Gramophone is now on sale in which we celebrate Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, 200 years after its title date. Geoffrey Norris explores the work's origins, its subsequent performance and recorded history. A fixture of the summer concert calendar, it is clear that the work's appeal is as great as ever.

Also in this issue: Philip Clark explores John Cage's New York, revisiting the Manhattan haunts of the avant-garde composer; James Jolly travels to Brazil to witness the exciting new partnership between Marin Alsop and her São Paulo orchestra; JoAnn Falletta talks about discovering Holst with the Ulster Orchestra in the Musician's Diary; Richard Fairman pays tribute to the late German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; and Stéphane Denève conducts Debussy with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in our Session Report.

The August issue is available now and the September edition will be released on August 3, 2012

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