Was 1876 classical music’s most important year?

Mike Ashman writes: 1876 was a melting-point for music, a watershed year in both concert hall and opera house. With the premiere of Wagner’s four-evening Ring cycle, and the composition of Bruckner’s 65‑minute Fifth Symphony, it saw great peaks of Romantic operatic and symphonic writing. The appearance of Mahler’s first significant score, a Piano Quartet, […]

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New podcast: Sean Shibe on English guitar music

Guitarist Sean Shibe has just released his first disc, called ‘Dreams and Fancies’, on the Delphian label – and we’ve named it an Editor’s Choice recording in the September 2017 issue of Gramophone. In this Gramophone podcast he talks to Editor Martin Cullingford about English music for guitar, about Julian Bream, and about the unique […]

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THE HOLLIES: Changin’ Times – The Complete Hollies: January 1969 – March 1973 (5CD)

We are told: As major players in the magnificent 1960’s British Pop Revolution – a time when British bands first conquered the world, The Hollies hallmark vocal harmony has not wavered throughout 50 Years of continuous touring, performing and recording. The release of this 5 CD box brings together all the albums and singles the […]

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MUSIC WORTH RESURRECTING: James Cotton

At his high-energy, 1970s peak as a bandleader, James Cotton was a bouncing, sweaty, whirling dervish of a bluesman, roaring his vocals and all but sucking the reeds right out of his defenseless little harmonicas with his prodigious lung power. Due to throat problems, Cotton’s vocals are no longer what they used to be, but […]

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JIMI HENDRIX: BBC Sessions (Deluxe Edition/2CD+DVD)

They tell us….. Features more than 30 original recordings remastered from the original BBC tape archives. Covers all of The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s British radio and television appearances and features recordings from Hendrix’s studio appearances in 1967 and 1969. This Gold-selling, double CD collection includes classic radio highlights like “Can You Please Crawl Out Your […]

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Gould: a tribute by Jed Distler

Known by an audience far wider than the average ‘classical music lover’ for his Bach discs, Glenn Gould assumed an iconic status during his life. Eccentric and opinionated, Gould abandoned concert-giving aged 31 to focus on studio recording Continues HERE

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Golden Fingers: An Interview with Jazz Piano Legend Mulgrew Miller

Jazz Bassist Jonah Jonathan Interviews Legendary Jazz Pianist Mulgrew Miller. Mulgrew Miller is one of the golden fingers of jazz. February 2012. Mulgrew Miller passed away on May 29th, 2013 from complications from a massive stroke. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest jazz pianists to ever grace the planet.

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Jimi Hendrix: Burning Desire (CD)

We are told: Jimi Hendrix: Burning Desire is the ninth release in the Dagger Records authorized ‘bootleg’ recording series. Burning Desire presents compelling new examples of Jimi’s remarkable creative explorations through 1969 and early 1970. Like its predecessors Hear My Music and Morning Symphony Ideas, Burning Desire provides a window into Jimi’s growth as a […]

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Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons: The Classic Albums Box (18CD)

We are told: • Complete 18 CD albums box, documenting Frankie & the Four Seasons long and hit-packed career • Coincides with the global cinema release on June 20th Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Christopher Walken • If the success of the Award-winning Broadway musical is anything to go by, […]

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Why is Sibelius’s piano music so neglected?

Leif Ove Andsnes champions the composer’s keyboard music. I am fascinated by famous composers who have areas of music that are unknown, not only to the general audience but even to musicians and people in our field. This is especially the case with piano music, and no wonder! After all, there is so much piano […]

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Verve Records: 20 classic album covers

Great images; why not take a look HERE? ===//=== Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at tonya.balgores@talktalk.net and/or you can leave a message on +44(0) 7734 816 345 […]

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THE ZOMBIES: Odessey & Oracle (50th Anniversary Edition CD)

they tell us …… This CD celebrates the 50th anniversary of Odessey and Oracle, recorded between June and August of 1967. Remastered from the best sources possible, the package includes 7 bonus tracks, (alternate versions and outtakes from the original recording sessions), never seen photos and new notes. Odessey and Oracle ranks #100 on Rolling […]

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CLEAR LIGHT: Clear Light (CD)

We are told: Clear Light’s eponymous 1967 album is one of the jewels of Elektra Records’ 1960s catalogue. A short-lived, much-loved Los Angeles aggregate, the band is best known for including sometime Doors bassist Doug Lubahn and future CSNY and Manassas drummer Dallas Taylor, but Clear Light’s blend of quirky songwriting and psychedelic arrangement has […]

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