SUCCESS: The liquid in my case produce a slight fizzing sensation which was in no way uncomfortable

Michael Vronsky writes: Who’s leg? Hmm. Even as I write this I sense a few of you out there might feel I’m pulling your leg re this. I assure you – I’m not.This first tuning tip is without doubt the most cost-effective I have ever encountered. I used a few drops (exactly as directed) of […]

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AMERICAN SYMPHONY RECORDINGS

In addition to the interesting and sometimes surprising recommendations (Gramophone December 2012) of Peter Dickinson, who is assuredly an expert on American music , I wish to add a few.  Randall Thompson’s Second Symphony (1931), quintessentially American in its rhythms, is best represented by Leonard Bernstein’s Sony recording 60594. On the same recording, with the New York Philharmonic, in the Bernstein […]

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PAVAROTTI: His greatest recordings?

An unmistakeable voice, thrilling for its purity and power – here are just a few of Luciano Pavarotti’s finest recordings This article includes links to reviews in the Gramophone Reviews Database, which contains more than 45,000 reviews. To find out more about subscribing to the database, please visit: gramophone.co.uk/subscribe Continues HERE

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MOZART: Piotr Anderszewski / Chamber Orchestra of Europe Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 27 – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

Among the hundreds of recordings of late Mozart piano concertos on the market, including many of this particular pairing, this one of Poland’s Piotr Anderszewski at the keyboard and conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe is a major standout. Though played on a modern piano, it brings together several trends that have lately been explored […]

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FANCY A SYMPHONY – or even two? Here’s top 10 according to Gramophone magazine

A brief history of the symphony The symphony first appeared on programmes – inevitably in aristocratic settings – during the early years of the 18th century, often a natural development from the Italian overture (which usually comprised three movements). By the 1770s, the four-movement form we usually think of was established and one of its […]

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BEETHOVEN: How does Beethoven’s music sound so good when he was supposedly deaf? Was it simply him figuring out what notes would sound good together?

PHILIP RICE answers: Not “supposedly deaf”. DEAF! Here’s the thing. When you know enough music theory and have been around the block, and are one of the most talented musicians in history…. You look, or write notes on a page and know EXACTLY what it “sounds like”. This is called hearing a score in silence […]

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Top 10 Baroque Period Composers

Coming in at number one is Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), one of the best-known of all composers in classical music. Bach was born into one of the great musical families of the day. A natural genius at the keyboard, he mastered the organ and harpsichord and was simply a brilliant composer. Bach brought baroque music […]

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Drugged, sexually abused, swindled… Maria Callas’s tormented life revealed

Her mother blackmailed her, her husband Giovanni Battista Meneghini stole from her, and shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis was violent and abandoned her for Jackie Kennedy. Soprano Maria Callas was adored by audiences worldwide but she never knew real love offstage, and her life was even more tragic than previously realised, according to research. In writing […]

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BACH: Exploring the genius of JS Bach

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood joins the Gramophone Podcast to discuss Baroque music’s greatest composer This week’s podcast is devoted to exploring the music, life and legacy of the greatest genius of Baroque music – and arguably of all music – JS Bach. Editor Martin Cullingford invited Bach specialist and Gramophone reviewer, the Royal Academy of Music’s Principal […]

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PS AUDIO: Streaming Audio and Other Rants

Written by Jay Jay French First off, I hope many of you are listening to my new Podcast called The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music (available on Spotify, Apple Music and Podcastone.com) Great topics, great guests, and my new book, Twisted Business: Lessons From my Life in Rock n Roll is coming out […]

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‘I feel admonished for being myself’: Yseult, the chanson singer riling the French establishment

Interview ‘I feel admonished for being myself’: Yseult, the chanson singer riling the French establishment Marta Represa The Parisian singer’s take on traditional variété française includes confrontations with mental health, body image and bondage – and her challenge has struck a nerve MORE

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LANG LANG: The interview

There was a bit of a fracas during Lang Lang’s Proms appearance. As he bounced back on stage for an encore, a heckler in the arena hooted derisively. An embarrassed murmur ran through the audience. There was some nervous laughter. But the pianist took it in his stride and began a Chopin Etude, seemingly unruffled. […]

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