The February 2011 Gramophone Playlist now online!

Martin Cullingford7th Jan 2011
Listen to our Recording of the Month: Bellini’s I puritani from GlyndebourneListen to our Recording of the Month: Bellini’s I puritani from Glyndebourne

Log on to the Gramophone Player to listen to complete movements or tracks from all of this month’s Editor Choice recordings, plus excerpts from the Reissue and DVD of the Month. There’s also a newly transferred recording from the Archive, a new complete work, and you can compare samples from this month’s Collection feature.

Heading the list is Dame Joan Sutherland in an archive issue from Glyndebourne of Bellini’s I puritani, from 1960. Other recordings include Jame Ehnes performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Murray Perahia playing Brahms, Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting Brahms’s Ein deutsche Requiem, and Jordi Savall’s latest fascinating historical project, Dinastia Borgia. Launch the Player to explore the complete list of Editor’s Choices.

You can also watch Plácido Domingo in his acclaimed interpretation of the baritone role, Simon Boccanegra, and – illustrating this month’s Collection feature – compare three recordings of Dvorák’s Cello Concerto – from Pablo Casals, Angelica May and János Starker – by listening to the complete final movements.

This month’s Gramophone contains a feature exploring the music of Holst, and the Player features the composer’s St Paul’s Suite, performed by the City of London Sinfonia and Richard Hickox. Our thanks to Chandos Records for this recording.

As with every month, we’ve newly transferred an LP from Archives, and this month’s recording is of Shura Cherkassky performing Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor.

Finally, Philip Clark has written a fascinating online article exploring the link between recording and listening, from Stokowski's dreams to Cage's realisations, and towards 21st-century ideals of immersive listening, and to illustrate this the Another Timbre label have offered an excerpt of John Tilbury and Sebastian Lexer’s recording of Cage’s Electronic Music for Piano. 

Every track has a direct link through to where you can buy the recording. To launch the Player simply click the button on the right-hand side of this screen (you need to be registered and logged in) – or to find out more about how it works, click here. UK subscribers should already have received their copy of the February 2011 edition of Gramophone - the magazine is available on the news stands from Monday.

Happy listening!

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