In the March issue of Gramophone, we ask why the music of Robert Schumann is at last attracting the recognition it deserves. Once maligned for his inconsistency and supposedly awkward orchestration, will Schumann’s reputation shift thanks to a new generation of musicians better able to unlock the truths of his fascinating works? With the help of soloists Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov and conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Heinz Holliger, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Robin Ticciati, we look at the place of Schumann’s music in 21st-century life.
Also in this issue, a comprehensive history of the post-war recording technology that spawned Hi-Fi as we know it, and an appraisal of Australian Brett Dean, our featured ‘contemporary composer’. All that, plus Thomas Søndergård talks Sibelius, Jeremy Nicholas and Andrew Lamb argue the toss over the D’Oyly Carte Mikado, David Patrick Stearns chooses the best recording of Nielsen’s Symphony No 3 and we review the month’s notable CD and DVD releases.
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