Introducing the July 2020 issue of Gramophone

Friday, June 12, 2020

Barbirolli – celebrating the great conductor and his finest recordings | Jean-Efflam Bavouzet – the Beethoven connection | Beethoven's Violin Concerto – which are the best versions?

For the July issue of Gramophone, on sale from June 12, Andrew Farach-Colton chooses 10 seminal recordings to celebrate Sir John Barbirolli’s legacy, a half-century after the conductor’s death.

Plus, Michelle Assay interviews the unstoppable Jean-Efflam Bavouzet about his multi-release Beethoven year recording project, starting with ‘The Beethoven Connection’ which explores the composer’s lesser-known contemporaries.

Elsewhere, that pinnacle of the violin repertoire, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, is the subject of this month’s Collection by Charlotte Gardner. Which recording is the one to own? 

Meanwhile, in Classics Reconsidered, Mark Pullinger and Hugo Shirley share their views on Claudia Abbado’s 1972 recording of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with the London Symphony Orchestra on DG. Has it retained its ‘classic’ status?
 
Plus, 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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