The July issue of Gramophone is now on sale, in which we celebrate the world’s greatest music festival, the Proms. That’s not just bias because we happen to be published in London: how many other festivals offer such a vast range of ensembles, artists and across quite so many concerts? The event’s commitment to reaching out to audiences new and expert alike is also part of its remit and appeal, and so we’ve devoted a large section of our latest edition to helping readers make the most of the Proms, whether that be attending at the Royal Albert Hall, or listening online.
A major focus of the 2012 Proms season is the music of Debussy, and in a six-page feature Geoffrey Norris explores the lasting resonance of this most innovative and expressive of composers. Also in the section, Charlotte Smith celebrates the young ensembles appearing throughout the festival, while other articles look at how the event is broadcast (and how you can watch it from home) and at the chamber music events. There are also full Proms listings.
Elsewhere in the issue, Baroque music specialist Lindsay Kemp meets soprano Roberta Invernizzi to discuss Vivaldi scores, and David Threasher reports from the recording session of Delius’s Mass of Life, conducted by David Hill. And as always we name the best releases of the month – led by our Recording of the Month, ‘Love and Longing’, works by Dvorák, Mahler and Ravel, from Magdalena Kožená. Read reviews of these, plus of many more new recordings, by the world's leading critics.
The July edition is available now and the August edition will be released on July 6, 2012.