KOMITAS: A new sound world: discover the piano music of Komitas

  Simon Broughton talks to pianist Lusine Grigoryan about her new Komitas recording on ECM Ask someone to name an Armenian composer and the first name on the list is likely to be Aram Khachaturian, famous for his Gayane and Spartacus ballet scores. But for Armenians, their most treasured composer is Komitas (1869-1935), often described […]

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MOZART: New Podcast: Richard Tognetti on Mozart and Jonny Greenwood

The latest release from Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra features Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and Water, a new work by composer and member of Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood. For the lastest Gramophone podcast, Editor Martin Cullingford spoke to the conductor and violinist about the album, which is released by ABC Classics on vinyl in Australia, and […]

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MARK LEVINSON: His Milestone Year

This piece originally appeared in Stereophile in May 2002: Mark Levinson, born December 11, 1946, celebrates an important anniversary in 2002. Exactly 30 years ago he jogged onto the playing field of high-end audio, so early in the game that fans, then few and far between, could count the players on their fingers. The high-fidelity […]

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RANDY NEWMAN: Q&A: ‘I try to shut up, but I can’t’

Previously published: Martin Chilton writes: Randy Newman is touring the UK this month and has a new album out next year. In additional extracts from a recent interview with the 71-year-old Oscar-winning songwriter, Martin Chilton presents 10 answers to questions about music. Please click HERE to continue

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AUDIO RESEARCH: Meet Your Maker: Hi-Fi+ Visits Audio Research Corporation

Chris Martens: Reviews of products from the US-based firm Audio Research Corporation have frequently graced the pages of Hi-Fi+, so that I was pleased to have the opportunity to visit the ARC factory in Plymouth, Minnesota (a suburb of the greater Minneapolis metropolitan area) to see how the firm’s components are made. What follows is […]

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LANG LANG: The interview

There was a bit of a fracas during Lang Lang’s Proms appearance. As he bounced back on stage for an encore, a heckler in the arena hooted derisively. An embarrassed murmur ran through the audience. There was some nervous laughter. But the pianist took it in his stride and began a Chopin Etude, seemingly unruffled. […]

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DOLLY PARTON: ‘I’ve seen my songs slaughtered pretty good’

Rebecca Nicholson (The Guardian) conducts the interview: Hello, Dolly! Hello, Rebecca! You know Rebecca is my middle name also? I do know that. It’s a good name. All right! At Glastonbury last month you played to what must have been 180,000 people. Is that the biggest show you have ever done? It probably is. I […]

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The classical music world of Min Lee

If history has taught us anything, it was that the age-old classical music scene has been dominated by the eccentric and the brilliant. Singapore’s musical child prodigy Min Lee will be part of that very rich history when she takes to the stage with the 300-year-old Brahms Stradivarius violin crafted by handcrafted by the great […]

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Reconstructing Bach’s Magnificat, with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort

Bach’s initial Christmas Day Vespers as Thomaskantor was an overt display of music-making, with his Magnificat taking pride of place. For the Dunedin Consort’s new recording, John Butt has reconstructed the whole service as Bach might have celebrated it in 1723, writes David Vickers Continues HERE

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CATRIN FINCH: The harpist who is adding new strings to her bow – by Adam Sweeting

For all its delightful and ethereal tinkliness, the harp suffers from something of an identity crisis. It lacks the versatility of the piano or the piercing qualities of the violin, let alone the brute force of the brass, so if it isn’t careful it can find itself relegated to a soothing, background role. Catrin Finch […]

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SUBJECTIVE AUDIO: The great sounds; Radford, Spectral, Lecson, Infinity, SoundLabs, JBL Century, Beveridge, Beard and more

Neil McCauley asks Howard Popeck: What were the best reproduced sounds you ever heard in the early days? Not easy to answer. Depends on one’s definition of best. If you take just listenability i.e. the customer’s sound is so good right now that I’m not going to unpack my demo gear, then it would have […]

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DAN CRAY TRIO: 10 Questions from Chicago Jazz Magazine

  Chicago area native Dan Cray is perhaps best known as leader of the Dan Cray Trio. In an era when jazz gigs are hard to come by and musicians gravitate toward whatever opportunities come their way, the trio was a part of the Chicago jazz scene for a remarkable 10 years. Cray has spent […]

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