Introducing Gramophone’s January 2020 issue

Gramophone
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Beethoven’s music and the history of recording | The mighty Hammerklavier: the best version to own | Simon Callow: what Beethoven means to me | Sheku Kanneh-Mason on Elgar’s Cello Concerto

For the January 2020 issue of Gramophone, on sale now, we start Beethoven Year with a bang thanks to Richard Osborne’s in-depth exploration of Beethoven on record.

Elsewhere, Richard Bratby meets Sheku Kanneh-Mason who has recorded that pinnacle of the repertoire, Elgar’s Cello Concerto, with the LSO under Sir Simon Rattle. Plus, Charlotte Gardner interviews the violinist Joshua Bell about how he’s gearing up to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Academy of St Martin the Fields, of which he has been Music Director since 2011.

Going back to Beethoven, for our Collection feature Jed Distler trawls through the numerous recording of the Hammerklavier Piano Sonata and recommends his favourite; and, in honour of the composer’s 250th anniversary, our regular back-page ‘My Music’ feature becomes ‘My Beethoven’ for the whole of 2020 – kicking off with Simon Callow on encountering the Eroica for the first time.

And finally, as always, don’t miss our expert critics’ opinions of the newest classical releases; which will be named Editor’s Choice, and which overall recording will be crowned Recording of the Month?

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