Beyond ‘classical’ / Defining music-making in the 21st century

Kate Molleson reports on how the ‘classical’ music label is proving outdated for many of today’s creative artists and speaks to several musicians for whom the whole notion of genre is entirely irrelevant. Generic labels have always been more widely used by listeners, retailers and record companies than by musicians themselves (no musician wants to […]

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Liszt the pianist: a Gramophone podcast

Pianist Dejan Lazic explores the genius of the composer and virtuoso. In the latest Gramophone podcast, pianist Dejan Lazic explores the genius of Liszt, from his legacy as a virtuoso soloist to his extraordinary transcriptions of the works of Wagner and Mozart among others. The interview – with Gramophone’s Editor Martin Cullingford – also features […]

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Mastering Monteverdi’s Orfeo

David Vickers speaks to Andrew Parrott on the 40th anniversary of the Taverner Consort and Players. You’ve conducted a lot of opera around the world, but you haven’t recorded many. The Taverner Consort and Players made two different recordings of Dido and Aeneas, and then there’s a famous recording of the Florentine intermedi performed at a […]

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Monteverdi’s Vespers – which recording is best?

A pillar of Baroque sacred repertoire, Monteverdi’s Vespers is open to countless interpretations on record, as Lindsay Kemp discovers. Monteverdi’s Vespers is an iconic work in more ways than one. For the composer, who published it 400 years ago in 1610, it was a calculated summation of his skill as a writer of sacred music […]

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The opera novice

Originally published in January 2012 Until last year Sameer Rahim had little interest in classical music – but now he is hooked on opera. In a new column he offers a novice-eye’s view of this seemingly forbidding but truly magical art form. Continues HERE

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Video of the day: Daniel Barenboim and Christoph Waltz in conversation

Barenboim and Waltz discuss the importance of the text in the respective creative disciplines Today’s video is a fascinating conversation between Daniel Barenboim and the actor Christoph Waltz in which they discuss the differences between the texts that they use in performance – for Barenboim the score, for Waltz the script. They also explore how […]

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Video of the day: Kyung Wha Chung – the complete Gramophone 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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The changing status of composers today

The Oscar-nominated composer on his new ballet, and life as ‘a pencil for hire’ Most of my working life as a composer has been spent as what the late James Horner captured in the phrase ‘a pencil for hire’, creating music on demand for drama in film, TV, and theatre. At the least, we pencils […]

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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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ESSENTIAL VIEWING: Sergei Rachmaninoff plays his Piano Concerto No. 2

Said a viewer: “How does one even begin to create such expression, such melody, depth and sincerity through every note? It’s just perfection. Yet we fail to create a tenth of this with a plethora of technological “advancements”… It makes me think that if you want to create a masterpiece, you’re far better off being […]

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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 in […]

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ESSENTIAL VIEWING: Mozart – Serenade for winds K. 361 3rd movement

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7jEpsgpPLQ Editors note: The wonder and beauty of this is such that words fail us. The following though gets right to the heart of the matter. “On the page it looked nothing. The beginning simple, almost comic. Just a pulse – bassoons and basset horns – like a rusty squeezebox. Then suddenly – high above […]

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ESSENTIAL VIEWING: Stravinsky – Symphony of Psalms Mvmt III = 48/80

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPNrvzdn3qI “Released by Decca records, this is Sir Georg Solti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Symphony of Psalms Movement III = 48-80, composed by Igor Stravinsky. This piece was composed in 1930 and was commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. There are no names for the movements other than what the […]

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BEETHOVEN: A guide to the best recordings of Beethoven’s Symphony No 3, ‘Eroica’

The ‘tremendous’ Third Symphony is both great music and a force beyond music. How, asks Richard Osborne, have conductors met this challenge during the work’s 90-year-long recorded history? https://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/a-guide-to-the-best-recordings-of-beethovens-symphony-no-3-eroica?utm_content=A%20guide%20to%20the%20best%20recordings%20of%20Beethoven%27s%20Symphony%20No%203%2C%20%27Eroica%27&utm_campaign=Gramophone%20Newsletter%20-%2014MAR17%20%28Subs%29&utm_source=Gramophone&utm_medium=adestra_email&utm_term=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gramophone.co.uk%2Ffeature%2Fa-guide-to-the-best-recordings-of-beethovens-symphony-no-3-eroica

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How Beethoven’s symphonies changed the world

Riccardo Chailly talks to Philip Clark about how Beethoven’s symphonies have influenced generations of composers https://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/how-beethoven%E2%80%99s-symphonies-changed-the-world?utm_content=How%20Beethoven%27s%20symphonies%20changed%20the%20world&utm_campaign=Gramophone%20Newsletter%20-%2014MAR17%20%28Subs%29&utm_source=Gramophone&utm_medium=adestra_email&utm_term=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gramophone.co.uk%2Ffeature%2Fhow-beethoven%25E2%2580%2599s-symphonies-changed-the-world  

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