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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Glenn Gould: a wilfully idiotic genius?

It’s 30 years since the death of Glenn Gould, but the pianist still provokes strong reactions. So how do today’s top players assess his legacy? It still sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard, however many times you listen to it: Glenn Gould’s first recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, made in 1955, has an energy, an intensity […]

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A new sound world: discover the piano music of Komitas

Simon Broughton talks to pianist Lusine Grigoryan about her new Komitas recording on ECM Ask someone to name an Armenian composer and the first name on the list is likely to be Aram Khachaturian, famous for his Gayane and Spartacus ballet scores. But for Armenians, their most treasured composer is Komitas (1869-1935), often described as […]

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ASTONISHING: 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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On recording Beethoven’s piano concertos – a personal diary by Yevgeny Sudbin

The pianist reveals what it was like to play Beethoven with Osmo Vänskä in Minnesota for the first time. A strong feeling of trepidation has always accompanied my arrival in the twin cities of Minnesota. I still remember experiencing it the very first time I was invited to work with the Minnesota Orchestra back in […]

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Video of the day: Kyung Wha Chung – the complete Gramophone interview

Kyung Wha Chung recently joined Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief James Jolly for a live-streamed conversation. We now present the full, fascinating discussion On Monday evening we broadcast a live-streamed conversation with one of the great violinists of our time, Kyung Wha Chung, on Facebook. It proved to be exceptionally popular, and now you can enjoy the entire […]

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Yo-Yo Ma and The Knights record ‘Ascending Bird’

A first look at Yo-Yo Ma’s new recording with The Knights for Warner Classics. Yo-Yo Ma’s latest recording for Warner Classics is a collaboration with The Knights featuring repertoire ranging from Golijov’s Azul and Stockhausen’s Tierkreis to Dvořák’s ‘Song to the Moon’ from Rusalka. In the exclusive video below you can witness the ….. Continues […]

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Early Blues Interview Russell “Hitman” Alexander, singer / guitarist / songwriter:

    “For twenty years, The Hitman Blues Band has been rocking the New York area with their searing brand of blues/rock, drawing favourable comparisons to Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, and Kenny Wayne Sheppard along the way. Led by founding member, guitarist/singer Russell “Hitman” Alexander, the band has made various personnel changes along the way, […]

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Interview / Upper Mississippi Blues Musician Crankshaft:

  From a long while ago …. Alex Larson has been performing under his alias “Crankshaft” for almost four years now. His stylized alter ego is a fascinating extension of his Midwest upbringing, which combines his love for primitive musical forms (blues, punk, surf rock), with his adoration for classic automobiles. Although he has devoted […]

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CHICAGO BLUES: An interview with David Grazian author of Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs

“Blue Chicago offers a revealing look at an important part of Chicago life. David Grazian spent lots of time in blues clubs all over the city, schmoozing with musicians, bartenders, club owners, and audiences, sometimes even taking the stage himself. What he uncovers is how people involved with the Chicago blues scene define the blues experience […]

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BILLY BRAGG: Barking’s Woody Guthrie on 30 years of songs and activism

John Harris (The Guardian) writes ….. From agitpop to love songs, Bragg has brought his audience through life with him, creating a soundtrack to thousands of lives Billy Bragg has a new beard, a mixture of grey and what he calls “sandy coloured: a bit grey, and a bit red”. When he grew it, he […]

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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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ROD STEWART: ‘I thought songwriting had left me’. Interview by Michael Hann

We are talking about soul music. Rod Stewart is telling me what a disaster his 2009 covers album Soulbook was. “It was a cock-up,” he says, his raspy voice made raspier still by a developing cold, “simply because you can’t beat the originals. You’ll never beat the originals, because they’re still on the airwaves.” MORE […]

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TOM WAITS: ‘I’m a night-owl reporter’ – a classic interview from the vaults

From the archives. Neil =========== To mark the occasion, we’ve once more raided Rock’s Backpages – the world’s leading collection of vintage music journalism – for this classic interview from the Los Angeles Times in 1976 MORE Our entire LOST IMMORTALS archive The LOST IMMORTALS exclusive members group

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