Pavarotti’s greatest recordings

An unmistakeable voice, thrilling for its purity and power – here are just a few of Luciano Pavarotti’s finest recordings This article includes links to reviews in the Gramophone Reviews Database, which contains more than 45,000 reviews. To find out more about subscribing to the database, please visit: gramophone.co.uk/subscribe Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track […]

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Alberto Reyes Plays Bach, Chopin, Franck

I first encountered the cultivated and masterful pianism of Alberto Reyes on a hard-to-find 1995 Connoisseur Society release devoted to Liszt’s Verdi Paraphrases, and later had the pleasure of reviewing his all-Schumann double CD set in these pages (6/11). His newest release may be his best yet. Unlike certain pianists who view the Bach-Busoni Chaconne […]

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MONTEVERDI The Other Vespers

There is only one eyewitness report of Monteverdi directing Vespers music after his permanent relocation to Venice: the Dutch tourist Constantijn Huygens attended a Vespers for the Feast of St John the Baptist on June 24, 1620 (probably at SS Giovanni e Paolo), and ‘heard the most perfect music I think I shall ever hear […]

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An ever-changing industry grows and blooms

To see so many organisations, new and old, recognising realities and yet seizing opportunities is heartening Every year, around this time, I report back from the annual gathering of the classical industry at the Classical:NEXT conference. Bringing labels, distributors, innovators and artists together always breeds good ideas, goodwill and a better, shared understanding of where, […]

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Karajan: Portrait of the conductor as celebrity

A classic Gramophone article, by HC Robbins Landon, March 1964 Herbert von Karajan in 1969 (Reinhard Friedrich / Archiv Berliner Philharmoniker) SCENE I. A warm summer’s day in Salzburg. The square in front of the Festspielhaus is the scene of subdued activity; from within come sounds of rehearsing. Chorus members are lounging about, waiting for […]

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Can any one reading of Wagner’s epic operatic cycle ever satisfy the demands of its huge audiences?

Mike Ashman visits the musical immortals and the younger gods of today to deliver his verdict on the complete Ring on record Revisiting the first act of the 1964 Georg Solti/Decca Götterdämmerung is to be reminded of this first-released Ring’s virtuoso orchestral playing at the service of the score, inventive casting, and the bold attempt […]

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The Karajan Ring: the original reviews (1967-1970)

Alec Robertson’s original reviews of Karajan’s DG recordings of Wagner’s Ring cycle offer a masterclass in critical listening Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets from these people 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: Nicola Benedetti plays Shostakovich’s 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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The sound of silence. How the ‘space’ around music affects the way we listen

The June issue’s cover story explores the borders existing between genres, but in My Music, the feature in which we interview a leading figure from outside of the classical music world, landscape architect Kim Wilkie reflects on sound borders in an even wider sense. There’s usually a timely ‘peg’ as to who we interview in […]

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PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19; Violin Concerto No. 2 in g, Op. 35; Solo Sonata in D Major, Op. 115 – Vadim Gluzman, v./ Estonian Nat. Sym. Orch./ Neeme Jarvi – BIS

Audiophile Audition / Gary Lemco writes ….. Strong collaborations and incisive sound editing give us fine interpretations of Prokofiev’s major violin works. Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets […]

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Jiří Bělohlávek: 10 of his finest recordings

  Bělohlávek’s legacy is built on benchmark recordings of Martinů, Dvořák, Suk and Janáček Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets from these people HERE

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Thousands of miles: music in exile

If you’ve ever travelled abroad, you’ll know what it is to be an ‘alien’ I’ve never really labelled myself as one during my life on the road as a performing artist, but believe me, I’ve felt like an alien more times than I can count. Scratching my head about the food, the transport, the unique […]

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The 50 greatest Beethoven recordings

Complete with the original Gramophone reviews of 50 of the finest Beethoven recordings available Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets from these people HERE

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Breaking out of the genre box

Exploring our genre-less musical past with The Alehouse Sessions Although I am a violinist specializing in Baroque music I have always considered myself as something of a free spirit and so, when I found myself increasingly engaged to follow the notes written on the page, I realized it was time to break loose and start […]

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Reputations: Maria Callas

It is crucial, with Callas, to allow the strengths ascendancy over the technical frailties. It was her genius, for example, that restored Bellini to us and rescued Lucia from ridicule. By Andrew Porter Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on […]

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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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‘Maria Callas Live’ box-set of remastered live recordings to be released in September

The live recordings from 1949 to 1964 are being reissued to mark 40 years since Callas’s death Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets from these people HERE

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A. Vivaldi: Mandolin and Lute Concertos [L’Arte dell’Arco – F.Gugliel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMG6XCp8QOU A few comments from viewers … Oh my God! This beautifully! Divine sérénissime Tenía quince años la primera vez que escuche el concierto me sigue emocionando y asombrando la belleza de esta melodía tan sencilla y tan bien puesta ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== […]

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