December 2012

The January issue of Gramophone is now on sale, in which we celebrate the waltz, one of music's most famous dance forms, from its 19th-century heyday to its role in contemporary culture.

Also this issue, Sir Adrian Boult's championing of new British music by Geraint Lewis, Michael McManus remembers Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, Christopher Purves describes the challenge of recording Handel's bass arias in Musician's Diary, tenor Rolando Villazón tapes Verdi arias and songs under Gianandrea Noseda in our Session Report, violinist James Ehnes delves into Bartók's Solo Sonata with Rob Cowan in The Musician and the Score, and the Gramophone editorial team choose their musical highlights of 2012.

Plus, the month’s new classical music releases are reviewed by our expert critics – including our Recording of the Month, Vinci's Artaserse featuring Philippe Jaroussky, the Swiss Radio and Television Chorus and Concerto Köln, released on Virgin Classics.

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