How we made: Ivan Fischer and Tom Randle on ENO’s The Magic Flute

Interviews by Imogen Tilden. “When English National Opera asked me to conduct Mozart’s Magic Flute in 1988, I said I’d do it with [director] Nick Hytner but nobody else. I’d been involved in many productions of the opera before, and I told Nick and designer Bob Crowley at our first meeting that I always wished […]

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ECM: In search of free jazz and free expression

  Manfred Eicher discusses his genre-defying label ECM, home of Keith Jarrett, Arvo Pärt and priceless recordings of free jazz greats. On 9 July Manfred Eicher will be 70. He does not look his age, more like an amiable ascetic with a tidy moustache, medium-length grey hair, dressed in a shirt and jeans. Not a […]

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Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page: Why I assembled a 40th-anniversary edition of Physical Graffiti

So many myths have grown around Led Zeppelin, the British rock band that ruled the Seventies and continues to cast a long shadow over popular music, that their guitarist, producer and curator extraordinaire Jimmy Page has to see the funny side. The 71-year-old’s hair may be snow-white but his black-clad frame is as pencil-thin as […]

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Interview Wilko Johnson: ‘I can’t get my head around the idea that I’ve got a future’ Alexis Petridis

After Wilko Johnson was diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago, his calm, philosophical acceptance of imminent death made him even more beloved and admired. And then the strangest thing happened: he didn’t die. So now what? A terrific read HERE More music like this HERE

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Ray Davies: ‘Everybody’s haunted by a secret’

“You seen this thing called Shazam?” Ray Davies asks. “I tried it last week.” Sat in a quiet corner of a restaurant in Muswell Hill (where else?), the Kinks legend speaks in a husky, north London murmur, frequently turning the conversation around so he’s the one asking questions: “Where are you from? What do your parents […]

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Gareth Malone has built a career coaxing emotion out of nervous performers. So why is the nation’s favourite choirmaster so eager to brush away his own feelings?

Cole Moreton finds out! Is Gareth Malone really as nice as people think? He’ll happily coax a weeping military wife or a distressed shop keeper into singing through the tears, but when was the last time he put himself on the line and sang in public? “I had to choose the music for the funeral […]

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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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Recording Bach’s Cantatas, with Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan

Masaaki Suzuki has finally completed his project to record the complete church cantatas of JS Bach. But what has been driving this quiet Japanese musician to tackle one of the greatest achievements in Western music? Lindsay Kemp travels to Kobe to find out Continues HERE More music like this HERE

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MADNESS: Suggs and Mike Barson – how we made One Step Beyond

Interview by Dave Simpson: Suggs, singer and songwriter I got sacked from Madness just before we recorded One Step Beyond, still our bestselling album. We used to rehearse on Saturdays, and the band started to get annoyed that I was away every other weekend. I was watching Chelsea! So one day, I was looking through Melody Maker and […]

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LINDA HOYLE: We interview her – part #1 of 2

Howard Popeck writes …. Hello Linda and Mo and thank you both for agreeing to this interview. I’m going to dive right in here re your approach to recording technology, formats, domestic music reproduction and more. Our jazz columnist Tony Andrews in part #2 will be focusing more on the music, your influences and more. […]

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Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Colin Wonfor (Inca Tech, Magnum, Proac-Magnum, T.O.C.A, Naim and Tellurium Q) sets the record straight (Part #2)

Hello again Colin. I guess you hold a couple of patents, possibly quite a few. in layman’s terms – if indeed such a thing is possible – can you explain what these are and perhaps their significance in the audiophile world? Crickey Howard, some of those got back a bit and now and are out […]

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