Top 10 Bruckner recordings?

A beginner’s guide to the music of one of the great symphonic composers There are many hundreds of recordings of Bruckner’s music, and dozens of these are recommendable. So selecting a list of just 10 outstanding recordings that everyone will agree with is impossible, but for those who are just embarking on a journey through […]

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Ian Bostridge on Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: ‘I’d never have sung without him’ English tenor Ian Bostridge tells Rupert Christiansen how the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau came to inspire him.

  Some 30 years ago, a 14-year-old schoolboy called Ian Bostridge was sitting in his first German lesson, when his teacher Richard Stokes had a brilliant idea: he would introduce the class to the glory of the language and the culture it inspired by playing a recording of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing Schubert’s setting of Goethe’s […]

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN: A Classic interviews from the Gramophone archive

From the archives “This month sees the issue of several records of Britten’s music from Decca including one in the ‘World of…’ series. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the night that transformed the face of British opera – the premiere of Peter Grimes on June 7, 1945, at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Britten himself […]

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CATRIN FINCH: The harpist who is adding new strings to her bow – by Adam Sweeting

For all its delightful and ethereal tinkliness, the harp suffers from something of an identity crisis. It lacks the versatility of the piano or the piercing qualities of the violin, let alone the brute force of the brass, so if it isn’t careful it can find itself relegated to a soothing, background role. Catrin Finch […]

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BACH: Mahan Esfahani records CPE Bach

Nalen Anthoni joins the harpsichordist as he records the ‘Württemberg’ Sonatas. Things ain’t what they used to be. Borough High Street as ‘a continued ale house with not a shop to be seen between’ – recounted by 17th-century playwright Thomas Dekker – is no more. But turn into Trinity Street for architectural changes that achieve […]

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POULENC: A composer who deserves greater recognition. fifty years after his death, Poulenc deserves a better anniversary showing, says Ivan Hewett

  From the archives: It’s a bumper year for composer anniversaries. There’s the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, fabulously gifted and with something odd and dark that fascinates us. There’s the 200th of Giuseppe Verdi, musical voice of an entire nation. And there’s also the 200th of Richard Wagner, one of those […]

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CHRISTOPHER BREUNIG: Three conductors, and a German thread

Three conductors, and a German thread Each chapter heading in My Century by Günter Grass is a year, from 1900-1999, and although Grass is somewhat disgraced by his belated admission that he joined the Waffen-SS, this fictionalised chronicle is nonetheless worth reading for the light it sheds on German thinking – not least on the […]

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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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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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COMPOSERS: What makes a great one?

Ivan Hewett (The Telegraph) analyses what qualities are needed to make a great composer and takes issue with the suggestion that Stravinksy is not among the finest. What makes for greatness in classical music? My colleague Damian Thompson had some fun with this question in his Saturday column. He declared that only pompous music lovers […]

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BRAHMS: His piano concertos, which are the best?

Usually we mentioned like best #1 Clifford Curzon-George Szells performance, and like best#2 Sviatoslav Richter-Erich Leinsdorf version, a recording that curiosly Richter in his own words hated! But times have changed and at this time there are 100 or more new recordings of this marvelluos works, and because of that the competition is very fierce […]

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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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