The November issue of Gramophone is now available to subscribers and on sale from Monday November 11. In this most recent edition we celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth on November 22: Britten biographer Paul Kildea explores how the composer reinvented the perception of opera in English; Philip Clark investigates Britten's sojourn to New York, and how the colourful set of people he met there shaped him as a composer; and we select the best international live Britten events this month, alongside recommendations for the year's best new Britten recordings.
Also this issue: the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment record Bach's Christmas Oratorio in our Session Report; Rachel Podger describes discovering Italian 17th-century violin music in the Musician's Diary; Tully Potter champions the Busch Quartet in Icons; and Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars return to Taverner in The Musician and the Score.
Plus, as always, the month's new classical music releases are reviewed by our expert critics - including our Recording of the Month, Shostakovich's Symphony No 4 performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Vasily Petrenko on Naxos. Hear an excerpt below:
You can listen to excerpts from all of the month's Gramophone Choice recordings on the Gramophone Player.
For more about the issue, visit this month's Gramophone magazine.