” … and it’s a triumph of creative risk” – writes Martin Chilton of The Guardian.

“Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and country-folk singer Tift Merritt have collaborated on a joint album called Night — and it’s a triumph of creative risk” – writes Martin Chilton of The Guardian. Musical collaborations can sometimes be tired sparring sessions, but classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and folk-country singer-songwriter Tift Merritt have worked on an album, […]

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HANDEL: The Mysteries, Myths, and Truths about him.

David Vickers takes an in-depth look at the composer, his life, and works… Not so long ago George Frideric Handel was best known to the general public for a few predictable things: Messiah, being ‘German’, his obesity, and for going blind. Thankfully that narrow perception has substantially altered over the last 30 years. Nowadays we […]

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KYUNG WHA CHUNG: The complete interview

Kyung Wha Chung recently joined Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief James Jolly for a live-streamed conversation. We now present the full, fascinating discussion On Monday evening we broadcast a live-streamed conversation with one of the great violinists of our time, Kyung Wha Chung, on Facebook. It proved to be exceptionally popular, and now you can enjoy the entire […]

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Video of the day: Monteverdi makes time stand still

Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini on captivating form Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini are Monteverdi masters, their recordings are invariably highly acclaimed and they won a Gramophone Award in 2015 for their account of Vespri solenni per la festa di San Marco (read the review). Their new recording ‘Night. Stories of lovers and warriors’ has ….. […]

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A SORT OF MADNESS: As a collector myself, I’ve long believed that ‘collecting’ (like any addiction) is …

Madness – Welcome to the House of Vinyl As a collector myself, I’ve long believed that ‘collecting’ (like any addiction) is a sort of madness. For some unfathomable reason, you become convinced that certain things are worth far more than they really are. It’s not helped by idiot reviewers raving over certain discs as though […]

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MAHLER: Symphony guide – Mahler’s First

The Austrian composer’s first symphony meshed the imagination and narrative of the symphonic poem with the architectural cohesion of earlier models. His crazily ambitious project changed the genre for ever. It’s one of the most spellbinding moments of symphonic inspiration in the 19th century: the opening of Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony. It’s not a theme, […]

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The Forgotten Great Conductors; What ever happened to Monteux, Reiner, Munch, Szell and Ormandy? asks Tully Potter

They dominated the record catalogues of the 1950s and 1960s. Orchestras trembled at their every irate, intemperate word and record company executives scuttled to do their bidding. When the CD arrived, their recordings were again released in swathes. And then, like the dinosaurs, they suddenly disappeared. The once-mighty maestros Pierre Monteux, Fritz Reiner, Charles Munch, […]

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Exam reforms give ‘dead white Germans’ lead on the classical music syllabus

Originally published 2014 Music lessons will be dominated by “dead white Germans” as a result of the Government’s planned exam reforms, musicians have claimed. Plans for the future of both GCSE and A-level music exams have singled out Western classical music between 1700 and 1900 as the only compulsory area of study – prompting complaints […]

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BACH: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Violin Concertos

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FdNlhZAYBE “Antonio Vivaldi and Johann ebastian Bach were simply the best violinist to have ever graced this earth true masters of their craft. .. it is a privilege to hear such beauty ! Thank you for posting this.  What a wonderful and thorough recording of all of the concerti. Both in the recording and […]

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SHOSTAKOVICH: Nicola Benedetti plays his Violin Concerto No 1 (complete performance)

Benedetti is the soloist with the Gothenburg Symphony and Thomas Søndergård Now this video is completely captivating. Published by the Gothenburg Symphony today, here is Nicola Benedetti performing Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto with an deeply introspective intensity and quite stunning virtuosity. You won’t be able to stop watching once you start – so make sure […]

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