We asked our readers, ‘what classical recording are you most proud to own?’ These are the fascinating results…

We know that we have a passionate and knowledgeable community of readers and followers on Facebook and Twitter, but even so we were delighted with the response we received last week when we asked the question ‘what classical recording are you most proud to own?’ Listed below are the most popular responses we received. Would […]

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VIVALDI: Bassoon Concertos Vol 3 – review Sergio Azzolini (bassoon), L’aura Soave Cremona (Naive)

Nicholas Kenyon writes as follows: “There are zillions of violin concertos by Vivaldi, but it’s a surprise to find so many for the bassoon, at that time a relatively undeveloped instrument. Possibly written for a court player, or for an undiscovered virtuoso girl at the Pietà, the reason for them remains a mystery. The five […]

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GREIG: Ivana Gavrić talks about recording the music of Grieg

  Martin Cullingford (Gramophone Magazine) writes as follows: The British pianist introduces her Editor’s Choice recording. ‘Everything glows with affection; and in the Lyric Pieces she casts a delectable impressionistic haze over pages which show Grieg at his most intimate and confiding’ – thus wrote critic Bryce Morrison in the March issue of Gramophone of […]

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ROUSSEAU: The Harmony Between His Musical Theory and his Philosophy

John T. Scott writes ….. Rousseau is best known as the author of philosophic works, but he was a musician and musical theorist before he burst onto the European literary scene with his First Discourse. While he earned celebrity as an anti-philosophical philosopher, he continued to consider music as his primary vocation and avocation throughout […]

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Stradivarius? You’d be better off with a modern violin

Sarah Knapton writes: Professional violinists cannot actually tell the difference between a Stradivarius and a modern instrument, experts find. The name Stradivarius has been synonymous with musical excellence for three centuries with instruments selling for millions amid claims that their sound quality is unparalleled. However it may pain purists to learn that professional violinists cannot […]

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Young artists changing the way we hear music

They report: Kopatchinskaja, Currentzis and others take pieces from the past, and make them modern In his feature about Patricia Kopatchinskaja in the new issue of Gramophone, Andrew Mellor recalls her appearance at the Gramophone Awards in 2012. There have been many memorable performances at our annual event, but this is one that seems to get […]

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Cipriani Potter was encouraged by Beethoven and admired by Wagner:The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol.72

  We are told: Volume 72 of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series comes to the rescue of yet another neglected figure. London-born composer, pianist, writer and educator (he was an early Principal of the Royal Academy of Music), Cipriani Potter was encouraged by Beethoven and admired by Wagner. Howard Shelley and his Tasmanian forces give […]

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Handel: The Triumph of Time & Truth, Ludus Baroque, review: ‘ravishing’

Ludus Baroque’s performance of Handel’s The Triumph of Time & Truth is buoyant and scrupulously characterised, says Geoffrey Norris. Anyone who likes spotting instances of Handel’s capacity for recycling would have a field day in his oratorio The Triumph of Time and Truth, a reworking in 1757 of his 1707 Il trionfo del Tempo e […]

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Recommendations for Sibelius Symphonies?

This very useful thread starts as follows: “Looking for recommendations for the whole series or individual symphony recordings. I have the Lahti cycle but it’s too cold for me to want to listen to it often. I adore the HVK disc with Finlandia & Pelleas on it (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Smetana-Sibe…/dp/B000001GO2), so perhaps the Karajan cycle? Or there’s […]

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Live albums and dynamic compression: CD versus DVD?

The thread starts:  As a public service… The following live albums are mastered with far less dynamic compression on DVD than on the corresponding CD for the same concert. (I have ripped the audio from the DVD and I listen to that now! They’re great!) Portishead, Roseland New York Jeff Beck, Performing this Week… Live […]

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THE FRATERNITY: Requiem

  We are told: Be transported throughout ancient history to all regions of the world with this beautiful and unique presentation of Requiem from The Fraternity. With the exceptional art form of Gregorian chant, this recording has a mystical quality. With an ethos reflecting a time of sadness, representing that period of mourning inherent in […]

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