BACH: “Mrs Bach had too many kids to write the great man’s music, says Julian Lloyd Webber”

Adam Sherwin writes: It is a provocative claim which has split music scholars. Has new forensic analysis “proved” that some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s best-loved works were actually written by his wife? Now the acclaimed cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has rubbished the theory that Anna Magdalena, Bach’s second wife, was the secret composer of some […]

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From the archives: Christopher Breunig – Davis’s new Fidelio, Haitink’s Beethoven completed – and more.

Davis’s new Fidelio The New Year brings a sea-change to the London Symphony Orchestra as workaholic Valery Gergiev takes over from Sir Colin Davis as principal conductor, his senior colleague becoming its president. (The Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestras have also announced new appointments: Esa-Pekka Salonen and Vladimir Jurowski.) Happily, Sir Colin is to make […]

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MOZART: Violin Concertos

“With this recording we wish to present a fresh version of the most elegant violin concertos in the history of music. While respecting the origin and tradition of this music, we have sought a new and dynamic musical experience rooted in our present time. To us, Mozart is as solid as rock, as soft as […]

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Benjamin Britten, Violin Concerto, Jan Latham-Koenig Orchid

Claudia Pritchard writes: Britten’s sole violin concerto is constructed from simple scales rising and falling expressively over exotic Spanish rhythms, but within this framework, from the opening silken thread to passages of great passion and profundity, the concerto unfolds into a piece of great magnitude. Continue HERE More music like this HERE

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The women erased from musical history

Radio 3 has announced a new, large-scale recording project that will allow listeners to hear the music of five “forgotten” women composers for the first time in decades. All five women enjoyed some recognition for music-making during their lives, but their achievements were often downplayed during their lifetimes, and in some cases forgotten after their […]

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Video of the day: why does Schubert sound like Schubert?

Christian Zacharias first appeared in Gramophone’s pages in November 1978 with his debut recording of Schubert’s Piano Sonata No 18, D894. In her review at the time, Joan Chissell noted that ‘Zacharias emerges as an extremely thoughtful player, someone seeking the musical truth rather than trying to spotlight himself.’  And so it is a great […]

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BRAHMS: Leonidas Kavakos discusses Brahms’s Violin Concerto

From the archives: His first concerto recording for Decca has just been released. The Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos, newly signed to Decca, has just released his first concerto recording for the label: Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Gramophone’s editor-in-chief James Jolly caught up with Kavakos when he was in London to perform the work at the Barbican […]

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MAHLER: Symphony of a Thousand

………… we ask: which recording of his vast Eighth Symphony is best? Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is the calling-card for all orchestras with ambition: but which ones should you welcome in, asks Ken Smith.(Originally published in Gramophone, December 2008.) As soon as I got the invitation I immediately called my wife to tell her why I’d […]

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MOZART (He) would be ‘outraged’ to hear classical music is for the elite

From the archives: Mozart and Verdi would be “outraged” to hear classical music was considered the “exclusive preserve of an educated elite”, Clemency Burton-Hill says. “Rock stars” of classical music such as Mozart and Verdi would be “outraged” to know their works are considered the “exclusive preserve of an educated elite”, Clemency Burton-Hill has said, […]

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BEETHOVEN: Riccardo Chailly – all is revealed

    “Riccardo Chailly’s view of the Beethoven symphonies has been a well-kept secret, but now in a single well-coordinated gesture all is revealed. At concerts in Vienna’s Musikverein, Paris’s Salle Pleyel and London’s Barbican, Chailly and his Leipzig Gewandhausorchester will present all nine symphonies alongside five specially commissioned works that reflect their individual composer’s […]

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Lang Lang interview

There was a bit of a fracas during Lang Lang’s Proms appearance. As he bounced back on stage for an encore, a heckler in the arena hooted derisively. An embarrassed murmur ran through the audience. There was some nervous laughter. But the pianist took it in his stride and began a Chopin Etude, seemingly unruffled. […]

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