FREE digital magazine: Recordings of the Year 1977-2017

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gramophone Awards this year, we have produced a very special free digital magazine: ‘Recordings of the Year 1977-2017’. The magazine features full reviews of each of the albums to have won Gramophone’s top Award, the coveted Recording of the Year, since 1977. FREE DIGITAL MAGAZINE: ‘Recordings of the Year […]

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” … 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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The Mysteries, Myths, and Truths about Mr Handel

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

Gramophone Magazine writes: 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 […]

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Review of Dvorak New World Symphony & Slavonic Dances Otmar Suitner & Staatskapelle Berlin / Vaclav Neumann & Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Patrick Latimer writes: Collateralised Debt Obligations Those that can remember further back than last week will remember CDOs the packaged debts that brought capitalism to its knees in the last decade. Well here is the musical equivalent. Packaged reissues of forgotten performances from the past all nicely presented in a smart card CD holder. Now […]

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Injured violinist spent 10 years playing music in her head

From our extensive music archive on this, our first ever HiFi Answers music day. No equipment post today – just MUSIC all day. I hope you’ll enjoy this. Thank you. Neil / editor The virtuoso Kyung Wha Chung, who lost the use of her finger in 2005, will play her first London concert in a […]

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New Podcast: Richard Tognetti on Mozart and Jonny Greenwood

The latest release from Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra features Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and Water, a new work by composer and member of Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood. For the lastest Gramophone podcast, Editor Martin Cullingford spoke to the conductor and violinist about the album, which is released by ABC Classics on vinyl in Australia, and […]

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CLAUDIO ABBADO: A celebration

This week on the Gramophone website we are celebrating the career and recordings of the great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado. Among the highlights of Abbado Week are two different guides his finest recordings, a comprehensive overview of Abbado’s career and heartfelt tribute from Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief James Jolly, and a classic interview with Abbado drawn from […]

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The Best Classical Violin Music

  Aaron Green / ThoughtCo writes: Great classical music for violin is always within arms reach, you just need to know where to look. These classical violin pieces were selected based on melody, popularity, and overall likability. Here’s a list for those of you looking to expand your classical music horizons or for anyone needing […]

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Ask Mr. H: “I love classical music, but I don’t have a real understanding of it in terms of the emotion. I’m not looking to learn about the composers and I don’t want to learn an instrument, but I want to know more about how what moves me moves me. Does that make sense? Can you recommend a book or books?”

Howard Popeck: Certainly. Now forgive me for saying this, but it is possible to over-analyse the wonder of music, the magic and the emotion. It’s a danger, but somehow I sense you aren’t going to fall into the trap. The most wonderful book on the sheer unadulterated joy of classical music without the usual patronising […]

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Ich Habe Genug

J.S Bach wrote his cantata Ich Habe Genug for the Feast of the Purification of Mary to be performed in Leipzig on 2nd February 1727. The work is a retelling of the story of the old man Simeon who, waiting in the temple, was presented with the baby Jesus. As he held the baby in […]

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STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring; Firebird Suite (1919 version); Scherzo a la Russe; Tango No. 72 Ivan Fischer conducting The Budapest Festival Orchestra Review By Max Westler

I once thought (wrongly, as it turned out) that basically all versions of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring sounded pretty much the same. Stravinsky had finally done something that all other composers could only dream of: he’d created a piece of music that was conductor-proof. Of course, this didn’t begin to explain why that final chord […]

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SCHUBERT: String Quintet in C, D956, review

Geoffrey Norris writes: Coming in at No 3 behind Beethoven’s Choral Symphony and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, Schubert’s C major String Quintet of 1828 has long been a favourite on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, with 72 guests selecting it as a castaway essential since the programme started in 1942. It is the Adagio […]

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JULIAN BREAM: The Gramophone interview

  We reprint this revealing interview with Julian Bream from January 2007… Sixty years ago, the classical guitar was little more than a musical curiosity in Britain, despite the work of Segovia in Europe – a small-voiced, exotic instrument that wasn’t to be taken seriously. But then a determined Londoner changed everything. Julian Bream’s single-handed […]

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WEBER, MOZART, BEETHOVEN, LISZT & Others: Home Classical Reissue Reviews Nadia Reisenberg, piano – Live Ch. Recitals and Home Solo Performances

Gary Lemco (Audiophile Audition) writes ….. Despite having virtually “retired” from the active concert stage in 1947 in order to fulfill her teaching duties and her parenting role, Nadia Reisenberg (1904-1983) once more commands our attention in a series of chamber (and solo) works organized by her son, producer and commentator Robert Sherman.  With the […]

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Dame Janet Baker: Speaking to Joyce DiDonato

From the archives: An abridged version of this interview was released by Gramophone to celebrate Dame Janet’s 80th birthday on Wednesday (August 21). This fascinating full 30-minute version of the interview covers all aspects of Dame Janet’s career, including what it was like to work with Benjamin Britten and what it feels like to disagree […]

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Debussy/Hosokawa: Etudes CD review – a pianist with an immaculate touch

Between light and shade … pianist Momo Kodama. Photograph: Marco Borggreve Kate Molleson writes … Debussy looked east for inspiration, enthralled by Javanese gamelans and Japanese woodcuts. Toshio Hosokawa, born in Hiroshima in 1955, writes wispy music rooted in the western tradition. Pianist Momo Kodama grew up in Osaka and studied in Paris; her first […]

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