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Gramophone selects (June 2018)

June 2018

Our composer focus on this month’s Gramophone medici.tv video playlist is Mahler, one of the most performed symphonists in concert halls today. Our playlist brings you: Alan Gilbert performing No 2 (at an emotionally charged 9/11 concert in New York), Riccardo Chailly taking charge of No 4 in Leipzig, Klaus Tennstedt, a great Mahlerian whose career blossomed quite late in his life, conducting the Fifth, and Claudio Abbado giving us Nos 6 and 9, two of Mahler’s most personal utterances.

Thomas Hampson, no stranger to Mahler’s music, steers our Masterclass, while this month’s cover artist, Esa-Pekka Salonen, rehearses Debussy’s La mer – looking very youthful! It’s also almost exactly 60 years since Van Cliburn’s historic victory at the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow; Peter Rosen’s fascinating documentary looks at the pianist’s remarkable story. And, side by side, two performances of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto: from Daniel Barenboim and Alfred Brendel.