GRAMOPHONE: The best new classical albums this week (January 20, 2023)

GRAMOPHONE: New recordings of Bruckner’s Symphony No 7, Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos 3-5 and more Paavo Järvi has already recorded Bruckner’s Symphony No 7 with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra for Sony/RCA, an album reviewed by Rob Cowan in September 2009, who wrote: ‘Järvi offers an extremely beautiful performance, responsively played and, most crucially, sensitive […]

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AMY WINEHOUSE: News – the long read

Roisin O’Connor / THE INDEPENDENT The new Amy Winehouse biopic will focus on her “extraordinary genius, creativity and honesty that infused everything she did”. Or so we were told. But then we saw the pictures. Marisa Abela was pictured outside London jazz bar Ronnie Scott’s, with the singer’s signature beehive in disarray; black eyeliner smeared […]

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TOM VERLAINE: Sad news

JANE CLINTON / THE GUARDIAN Tom Verlaine, the frontman, songwriter and legendary guitar player of the New York City band Television, has died aged 73. His death was announced by Jesse Paris Smith, the daughter of Patti Smith, who said that he died “after a brief illness”. Verlaine, who was born Thomas Miller in Denville, […]

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FRAN: News

TIMOTHY MONGER / allmusic.com On their second outing as Fran, Chicago-based singer/songwriter Maria Jacobson and her small cadre of collaborators create intimate indie pop that is smart, poignant, and deeply reflective. Much has changed in the three years since their debut, 2019’s A Private Picture. That album introduced Jacobson’s literate, confessional style, which, when sung […]

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BOB DYLAN: His 20 greatest albums … the long read

THE INDEPENDENT It’s a tantalising thought that even at 80, Dylan may still have great work left in him, writes Graeme Ross Bob Dylan, the rock era’s greatest and most influential poet, celebrates his 80th birthday on 24 May. It is also 60 years since Dylan recorded his debut album and began a career that […]

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MAHLER: Podcast

Edward Seckerson discusses the greatest performers and recordings of the composer’s works This week’s Gramophone Podcast is a special longer edition focusing on the music of Mahler. It coincides with the publication of the latest in our series of our souvenir publications drawing together our century-long coverage of major composers, ‘Gramophone Presents Mahler’. For this […]

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SPOTIFY: Former streaming service subscribers on why they have ditched mod cons for MP3s, CDs and other DIY music formats

Meg Lethem was working at her bakery job one morning in Boston when she had an epiphany. Tasked with choosing the day’s soundtrack, she opened Spotify, then flicked and flicked, endlessly searching for something to play. Nothing was perfect for the moment. She looked some more, through playlist after playlist. An uncomfortably familiar loop, it […]

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KARAJAN: News

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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TAYLOR SWIFT: The long read

She has 11 Grammys, nine major-label albums, university courses studying her work and an unstoppable fandom… so how did Taylor Swift conquer the music industry? Ahead of her 10th record, ‘Midnights’, Zoya Raza-Sheikh explores how Swift’s songwriting is the secret to her success “Haters gonna hate…” but Taylor Swift’s influence over pop is undeniable. From […]

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BBC NEWS: Fans and bands fear regional network that helped launch careers of Ed Sheeran and Little Simz will be cut back as BBC confirms changes to schedules

THE GUARDIAN / Dave Simpson It is the nationwide network of weekly regional radio programmes and festival stages that has helped launch the careers of British superstars such as Ed Sheeran, Florence + the Machine, Celeste and Little Simz. But now, the future of BBC Music Introducing is believed to be under threat. For days, […]

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PODCAST OF THE DAY: Schubert

Ian Skelly introduces a selection of great concert performances from around Europe with a focus on Romania, including a performance of Schubert’s last symphony from the 2022 George Enescu Festival, and the BBC Concert Orchestra playing Enescu’s first Romanian Rhapsody. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001h5ch Including: Bela Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances Sz56Pétri Kumela (guitar)Cecilia Zilliacus (violin) Joseph Haydn: Piano […]

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J J CALE: News

We are informed …. Limited edition 3CD set featuring live FM broadcasts from 1975, 1988 and 1993 Please note, we have been advised by manufacturers that Disc 3 is now a recording from El Mocambo, Toronto, Ont, 1st September 1993,CBC – FM Broadcast and not as originally advertised. With his laid-back rootsy style, J.J. Cale was […]

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SPOTIFY: News 03

There’s a Key Difference Between Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube Music There are now several music streaming services to choose between, and at first glance they can all seem pretty similar—tens of millions of tracks to stream, mobile and desktop apps, offline caching options, and all the rest. It’s not always clear where the differences […]

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DAVID CROSBY: Mastertape

John Wilson returns with a new series of Mastertapes, in which he talks to leading performers and songwriters about the album that made them or changed them. Recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC’s iconic Maida Vale Studios. Each edition includes two episodes, with John initially quizzing the artist about the album […]

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JEFF BECK: The long read

THE INDEPENDENT / Mark Beaumont Within hours of the news of his death, tributes to Jeff Beck from the guitar greats rang out like a 21-string salute. “Jeff could channel music from the ethereal… his technique unique, his imaginations apparently limitless,” said Jimmy Page of this “six-string warrior” and “the spell he could weave around […]

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TAYLOR SWIFT: Money news

THE GUARDIAN / Edward Helmore Taylor Swift’s Midnights album, released in October, helped to generate $230m in sales for her label Universal last year, according to a report on Wednesday. According to JPMorgan Chase, the music superstar raised close to 3% of the company’s revenues from recorded music in 2022. As a result, analysts at […]

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JOHN CALE: News – Cale has never shied away from ugly subjects

THE GUARDIAN / Chal Ravens As he hits 80 and releases a softly raging album inspired by the ugliness of the pandemic years, the ever restless and eternally avant-garde musician unburdens himself John Cale is wearing a priest’s black cassock and a string of pearls where the dog collar should go. A shock of white […]

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