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GRAMOPHONE congrats Teodor Currentzis & Igor Levit

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Last issue's Recording of the Month was an extraordinary release by conductor Teodor Currentzis of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6, the Pathétique. A musician who single-mindedly sets out to reconsider how music – whether orchestral or opera – should be heard and recorded, it's no surprise that he's also a collaborator of Kopatchinskaja's. What unites them both is just how strongly they embody the belief that all musicians should hold, that the ‘classics' are not mere pieces of the past, but works of today, to be heard anew and afresh in the 21st century.

In a different sort of way, it was also wonderful to see another artist we've championed – Igor Levit, 2016's Recording of the Year recipient – recently honoured by one of the most prestigious (and valuable) of grants offered by the music world, the Gilmore Prize. His playing is just as revelatory as that of Kopatchinskaja and Currentzis, but in a different way: less shock and surprise, more a sense of reflective insight and a convincing feeling that it's exactly how the music should be played. The sort of sense one gets from, say, a Murray Perahia recording: only, remarkably, from someone aged just 30.

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