In the March 2014 issue of Gramophone it focus on the art of the encore. Martin Cullingford speaks to violinist Hilary Hahn about her new album of 27 specially-commissioned encores for violin and piano and Jeremy Nicholas traces the history of the encore, the development of which has been shaped as much by audiences as by performers.
Also in this issue, James Jolly writes about the recorded legacy of the great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, who passed away in January, and collaborators and friends including Sir Simon Rattle, Isabelle Faust, Anne Sofie von Otter andDaniel Harding pay tribute. Pianist Ingrid Fliter explores the score of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 2 with Rebecca Schmid, Rob Cowan writes about iconic violinist Bronisław Huberman, and Guy Rickards and Caroline Gill discuss the merits of Peter Hurford‘s recording of Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue.
Plus, as always, the month’s new classical music releases are reviewed by our expert critics – including our Recording of the Month: Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos performed by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gianandrea Noseda(Chandos).