Introducing the November 2023 issue of Gramophone, featuring Carolyn Sampson

Friday, November 3, 2023

Carolyn Sampson: the star soprano celebrates her 100th album | Christoph Waltz: the place of music in the actor’s life | Sibelius’s Tapiola: the best recordings

Gramophone November 2023

Our November 2023 issue cover features the much-loved British soprano Carolyn Sampson, who releases her 100th album this month.

carolyn sampson

Elsewhere in the issue we meet with Sir Mark Elder as he begins his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with a recording of Delius’s A Mass of Life, and we tell the story behind the Bayerische Staatsoper’s newly launched label – BSO Recordings.

Mark Elder

This month’s Icons summarises the career (so far) of the Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, while in Classics Reconsidered we return to the Takács Quartet’s set of late Beethoven quartets, which won a Gramophone Award in 2005.


The Collection surveys the history on record of Sibelius’s 1926 tone poem Tapiola, his last major work, while our Contemporary Composers focus is Georges Aperghis, the preeminent experimental music theatre composer of the last 50 years.

Musician & the Score sees conductor John Wilson talk about recording Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, and My Music features the Oscar-winning Viennese actor Christoph Waltz.

Plus, reviews of the latest classical albums – the very best of which are named Editor’s Choices.

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