The May issue of Gramophone is on sale now, in which we celebrate Richard Wagner's 200th anniversary by examining his greatest roles. The world's leading Wagner singers, including Sir John Tomlinson, Jonas Kaufmann, Violeta Urmana, Deborah Voigt and Stig Andersen, talk about the pleasure and pain of tackling some of the most demanding roles in opera.
Also this issue: Lucy Crowe and La Nuova Musica record Vivaldi's Dixit Dominus in our Session Report; Ian Bostridge describes his busy Britten Year in the Musician's Diary; Peter Donohoe looks behind the notes of Prokofiev's piano sonatas in The Musician and the Score; and Michael McManus joins the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and their maestro Mariss Jansons as they tour Japan. You can also read about the best musical events around the world this season in our Summer Festivals Guide.
Plus, the month’s new classical music releases are reviewed by our expert critics – including our Recording of the Month, Haydn Piano Concertos Nos 3, 4 and 11 performed by Marc-André Hamelin, released on Hyperion.