MOZART: Serenade for winds K. 361 3rd movement

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7jEpsgpPLQ Editors note: The wonder and beauty of this is such that words fail us. The following though gets right to the heart of the matter. “On the page it looked nothing. The beginning simple, almost comic. Just a pulse – bassoons and basset horns – like a rusty squeezebox. Then suddenly – high above […]

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Daniel Barenboim and Christoph Waltz in conversation

Barenboim and Waltz discuss the importance of the text in the respective creative disciplines Today’s video is a fascinating conversation between Daniel Barenboim and the actor Christoph Waltz in which they discuss the differences between the texts that they use in performance – for Barenboim the score, for Waltz the script. They also explore how […]

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KYUNG WHA CHUNG: The complete 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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MONTEVERDI: Makes time stand still

Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini on captivating form Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini are Monteverdi masters, their recordings are invariably highly acclaimed and they won a Gramophone Award in 2015 for their account of Vespri solenni per la festa di San Marco (read the review). Their new recording ‘Night. Stories of lovers and warriors’ has ….. […]

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PEER GYNT: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner

A live performance from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with soprano Ann-Helen Moen The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra have Edvard Grieg’s music in their blood (the composer was the orchestra’s artistic director from 1880-82) and the wonderful performance of highlights from his Peer Gynt below simply bursts with energy. The concert is …. Please click HERE to […]

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Presto and six labels launch fundraising campaign for Ukraine

Presto Classical, in collaboration with six leading labels, has launched an initiative to raise funds for those suffering as result of the invasion of Ukraine. The specialist retailer has put together a selection of music by Ukrainian composers and artists, and the entire proceeds from sales of those albums will go directly to helping humanitarian […]

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Chopin: The Perfect Virtuoso – new Collectors’ Edition launched

Gramophone’s sister title International Piano celebrates the composer’s music International Piano, Gramophone’s sister magazine, has just launched a special Collectors’ Edition, Chopin: The Perfect Virtuoso. This 100-page publication provides a comprehensive portrait of the great Romantic pianist and composer, celebrating his timeless masterpieces and the artists who bring them alive. Drawing on nearly a quarter […]

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The life-affirming power of live performance

Nicola Benedetti’s Baroque in Battersea reminded us just what we’ve been missing Attending my first live concert in over a year felt wonderful. In the atmospheric Battersea Arts Centre Nicola Benedetti and her handpicked ensemble of some of period performance’s finest players were performing works from her new album of Italian Baroque music, on a sultry […]

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The 50 best Mahler albums

A beginner’s guide to the 50 greatest Mahler recordings, featuring extracts from the original Gramophone reviews There are many outstanding recordings of Mahler’s music, far too many for us to include them all here, but we hope that this list will offer you some ideal points-of-departure in your explorations of Mahler’s unique musical universe.  We […]

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Live music matters – and radio can help it reach as big an audience as possible

Radio 3’s Controller on how the station’s new season will be reflecting UK music and arts festivals As everyone involved in music will agree, Covid and its consequences have hit the industry hard – affecting musicians at all levels as projects became harder to do and frequently had to be postponed or abandoned. As well as […]

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BBC PROMS: 2022

Visiting ensembles to include the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, while anniversary themes include the BBC’s centenary This year’s BBC Proms has been announced, promising a summer season not unlike those of the pre-pandemic period. Orchestras from abroad – usually a feature of the Proms – will be back now that travel restrictions have eased, with Kirill […]

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BEETHOVEN: 50 of the finest Beethoven recordings available, complete with the original Gramophone reviews, featuring Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mitsuko Uchida, Murray Perahia, Takács Quartet and more

The list is organised by genre, beginning with orchestral works, then moving though chamber, instrumental and vocal. We have also included, where possible, the complete original Gramophone reviews, which are drawn from Gramophone’s Reviews Database of more than 40,000 reviews. To find out more about subscribing to this unique and endlessly fascinating resource, visit: gramophone.co.uk/subscribe.

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An introduction to the greatest classical pianists and their best recordings, featuring Martha Argerich, Vladimir Horowitz, Igor Levit and Maria João Pires

The greatest classical pianists make even the most familiar music seem freshly composed in the moment and their recordings continue to inspire new generations of listeners for many decades. We’ve chosen 50 of our favourite pianists for this list and could have easily chosen dozens more, yet we feel sure that there are enough life-changing […]

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SHOSTAKOVICH: Nicola Benedetti plays his Violin Concerto No 1 (complete performance)

Benedetti is the soloist with the Gothenburg Symphony and Thomas Søndergård Now this video is completely captivating. Published by the Gothenburg Symphony today, here is Nicola Benedetti performing Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto with an deeply introspective intensity and quite stunning virtuosity. You won’t be able to stop watching once you start – so make sure […]

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