‘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. The 40th anniversary of Maria Callas’s death in Paris will be marked by the release of a new 42-disc box-set from Warner Classics called ‘Maria Callas Live: Remastered Live Recordings 1949-1964’. The box-set will be released on September […]

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Colin Davis’s first Gramophone interview (April 1962)

Back in April 1962, Arthur Jacobs met a young English conductor, Colin Davis, who’d recently been appointed music director of Sadler’s Wells. ‘The clamour for operatic records sung in English,’ wrote Philip Hope-Wallace in his February review of the Sadler’s Wells excerpts from Carmen, ‘is far greater than one might suppose by merely looking at […]

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STEPHEN HOUGH (Pianist): Discusses blogging, new recordings and how to attract young people to classical music.

“At 48, he performs around the globe and records on the piano in solo, chamber and concerto music. He composes music. He writes and blogs prolifically. He paints and writes poetry, and has won awards for both. He champions rarely performed composers and works. He takes his own photos for his blog, and, as an […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: Buddy Guy – ‘I Worry About The Future Of Blues Music’

Buddy Guy is the blues, and he’s our connection to a genre that’s embedded in the history of America. But it’s a sound the guitarist fears is fading. Born and raised in Louisiana without running water or electricity, Guy tells NPR’s David Greene, “They got some mosquitoes in Louisiana that can almost lift you out […]

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Dame Janet Baker: Speaking to Joyce DiDonato

They tell us…… 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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NINA SIMONE: What Happened, Miss Simone? Episode #1 of 5

29 days left to listen: Inspired by the Oscar-nominated TV documentary, Alan Light’s biography draws on Nina Simone’s early diaries, rare interviews, childhood journals and input from her daughter Lisa Simone Kelly to paint a picture of the classically-trained pianist who became a soul legend, a leading civil rights activist and one of the most […]

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Joe Bonamassa Interview from 2010 – by Trevor Hodgett

Due to popular demand, and straight off the back of a sold-out London Hammersmith Apollo concert in front of 5,000 people, critically acclaimed blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will embark on a nationwide UK tour in October. Here’s an online exclusive – an archive interview with Joe from issue #83 in November 2008. Asking the questions – Trevor […]

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WALTER TROUT: The Craig Hunter Ross interview

To many, Walter Trout is a contemporary guitar legend and his guitar prowess, prolific recordings and non-stop tour schedule provide more than ample evidence to support the claim. As member of Canned Heat and having spent several years with John Mayall’s BluesBreakers, Trout has also supported numerous masterful musicians throughout his several decades on the […]

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An Interview with Blues/Roots/Americana artist Natasha James: Blues is more than just a style of music:

NATASHA JAMES is known for taking Roots music styles, turning them on their head, combining them, and coming out with tunes that are completely unique but totally familiar (Music Connection, Aug 2008) at the same time. On her debut album, BAD JUDGEMENTS, she had the pleasure of working and recording with old friend and monster […]

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PERCY HEARTH: A rememberance of …..

R. J Deluke writes ….. This article was originally published at All About Jazz in May 2005. Percy Heath could play the hell out of that big contrabass. Played it for more than half a century. With Bird and Miles and Diz and ‘Trane and Brownie and the venerable Modern Jazz Quartet and on and […]

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