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Gramophone selects

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.