Pavarotti’s greatest recordings

An unmistakeable voice, thrilling for its purity and power – here are just a few of Luciano Pavarotti’s finest recordings This article includes links to reviews in the Gramophone Reviews Database, which contains more than 45,000 reviews. To find out more about subscribing to the database, please visit: gramophone.co.uk/subscribe Continues HERE

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ART HOYLE: Interview

In his own words…Art Hoyle: “Art Hoyle received his first trumpet on his eighth birthday in rural Oklahoma. He began playing in clubs and ballrooms at the age of fifteen in Gary, Indiana. After a four-year stint in bands in the U.S. Air Force, Hoyle joined the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1956. From 1957 to […]

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THE WARLOCKS: Songs From The Pale Eclipse (CD)

The mesmerizing new album from L.A.’s premiere psych rock band, The Warlocks, offers some of founder/vocalist Bobby Hecksher’s most captivating compositions in years! Features the hypnotic lead single “Lonesome Bulldog,” plus the subtly seductive album opener “Only You,” and a woozy ode to alcohol in “Drinking Song!” “Lonesome Bulldog” made its debut on Spin magazine’s […]

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STEVE REICH: ‘Rock was pretty much off my radar – then along came Radiohead’

The composer credited with creating Minimalism tells Phil Johnson about discovering his own kind of music. “I grew up in the Forties with the hit parade, broadway shows and even Rhapsody in Blue. I took piano lessons like most middle-class kids but I never played or heard anything before Haydn or after Wagner. It wasn’t […]

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You’ve Never Had It So Cheap

You’ve Never Had It So Cheap Which is just as well, because it’s shocking to see how cheap things have become. Most old classical LPs – even really nice ones in excellent condition – command no more than 50p to £1 – maybe £2 if you’re lucky. Used CDs fare little better, and can often […]

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Bryce Dessner is best known as the guitarist with the much-loved art-rock band The National, but …..

First published November 2013 Bryce Dessner is best known as the guitarist with the much-loved art-rock band The National, but over the last few years he has steadily been carving out another branch to his career in modern composition and contemporary classical music – and the various other terms that are used to describe such […]

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Miles Davis – The Last Word – The Warner Bros. Years (8CD Box Set)

 In 1985, Miles Davis shocked the music world by moving from Columbia to Warner Bros.. He immediately started working on an album called ‘Perfect Way’ after a tune by Scritti Politti, later renamed ‘Tutu’ by producer Tommy LiPuma. When ‘Tutu’ (a tribute to Desmond Tutu) was released in 1986, it re-ignited Miles Davis’ career, crossing […]

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A daily dose of Hughes; Jimmy Hughes aka James Michael Hughes

Falling Sales mean No New Recordings That’s why it’s become more or less impossible for record companies to make new classical recordings. Certainly, the big-budget productions – major operatic projects or big symphonic cycles – are now (almost) a thing of the past. It’s sad. But really you can’t blame the record companies for not […]

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JOAN BAEZ: Rare, Live And Classic (3CD Box)

  We are told: 60 songs, 22 (!) previously unreleased-including duets with Dylan, the Dead, Kris Kristofferson, Donovan, Judy Collins and sister Mimi Farina, etc.-together with a 32-page full-colour book packed with interviews and rare pix! From We Shall Overcome through The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down to Diamonds and Rust , her complete […]

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