Beyond ‘classical’ / Defining music-making in the 21st century

Kate Molleson reports on how the ‘classical’ music label is proving outdated for many of today’s creative artists and speaks to several musicians for whom the whole notion of genre is entirely irrelevant. Generic labels have always been more widely used by listeners, retailers and record companies than by musicians themselves (no musician wants to […]

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Building a bright future for classical music

Great public architecture generally expresses eloquently the society which builds it. For much of modern history, it was about the glorification of God. In more recent centuries, politics and power became the stronger focus: think of the mercantile grandeur of the Low Countries, the triumphant classical confidence of Paris, or, in Victorian Britain, of the […]

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UK jazz fans are full of passion

From the archives: Jazz guitarist Nigel Price, whose UK tour starts on September 22, talks to Sebastian Scotney about why he enjoys the passion jazz fans around the country have for the music http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/worldfolkandjazz/11091373/Nigel-Price-UK-jazz-fans-are-full-of-passion.html More music like this HERE

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Make It Your Sound Make It Your Scene – Vanguard Records And The 1960s Musical Revolution

4 CD box stuffed with blues, folk and songs that shaped an era… When New Yorkers Seymour and Maynard Solomon founded Vanguard Records in 1950 they surely didn’t suspect just how influential their creation would be in shaping the music and ideals of the post-war generation. The brothers were classical buffs focussed on the past […]

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Biography extract – was the composer’s death caused by syphilis?:

“In the history of art,” observed the philosopher Theodor Adorno mischievously, “late works are the catastrophes.” Not disasters: catastrophes — a spectacular subversion of an artist’s oeuvre, all within the context of a sense of mortality overtaking the individual. The final period is necessarily ruptured from the earlier: carefully sculptured works of youth and maturity make […]

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OPERA: The opera novice

  Until last year Sameer Rahim had little interest in classical music – but now he is hooked on opera. In a new column he offers a novice-eye’s view of this seemingly forbidding but truly magical art form. I grew up in a household where not a note of classical music was played. I must […]

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MUSIC WORTH RESURRECTING: James Cotton

At his high-energy, 1970s peak as a bandleader, James Cotton was a bouncing, sweaty, whirling dervish of a bluesman, roaring his vocals and all but sucking the reeds right out of his defenseless little harmonicas with his prodigious lung power. Due to throat problems, Cotton’s vocals are no longer what they used to be, but […]

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The great myth of the XLR

Hi, and thanks for stopping here. Re the post below, we’d really, really like to know what you think. Have you got time to leave a comment? Thank you. Neil McCauley / HFA editor in chief +++++++++ Is it just us here in the editorial that likes the sound of RCA terminated cables better? Please […]

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Balanced or Unbalanced?

Hi, and thanks for stopping here. Re the post below, we’d really, really like to know what you think. Have you got time to leave a comment? Thank you. Neil McCauley / HFA editor in chief +++++++++ We spotted this on a US forum and it got us thinking about asking our readers about this. […]

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JADIS: DPMC preamp

  The DPMC is a phono MM MC preamplifier with a level control. It uses 4 ECC83 in the preamplifier and to correct the RIAA stage. A tube regulated power supply ensures stability. This unit is ideal for connecting an integrated amplifier of a phono stage. More information HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in […]

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Liszt the pianist: a Gramophone podcast

Pianist Dejan Lazic explores the genius of the composer and virtuoso. In the latest Gramophone podcast, pianist Dejan Lazic explores the genius of Liszt, from his legacy as a virtuoso soloist to his extraordinary transcriptions of the works of Wagner and Mozart among others. The interview – with Gramophone’s Editor Martin Cullingford – also features […]

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