CHOPIN: Piano Concertos (Benjamin Grosvenor)

“I haven’t been this struck by the orchestral expositions to Chopin’s concertos since Jun Märkl with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Ingrid Fliter. Now in the company of another Scottish orchestra, the RSNO, Elim Chan makes equally bold decisions about how the music should go. It’s easy to understand why they ….. ” Continues HERE

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CLAUDIO ABBADO: A celebration

This week on the Gramophone website we are celebrating the career and recordings of the great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado. Among the highlights of Abbado Week are two different guides his finest recordings, a comprehensive overview of Abbado’s career and heartfelt tribute from Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief James Jolly, and a classic interview with Abbado drawn from […]

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The Best Classical Violin Music

  Aaron Green / ThoughtCo writes: Great classical music for violin is always within arms reach, you just need to know where to look. These classical violin pieces were selected based on melody, popularity, and overall likability. Here’s a list for those of you looking to expand your classical music horizons or for anyone needing […]

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BEETHOVEN: Riccardo Chailly – all is revealed

    “Riccardo Chailly’s view of the Beethoven symphonies has been a well-kept secret, but now in a single well-coordinated gesture all is revealed. At concerts in Vienna’s Musikverein, Paris’s Salle Pleyel and London’s Barbican, Chailly and his Leipzig Gewandhausorchester will present all nine symphonies alongside five specially commissioned works that reflect their individual composer’s […]

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MOZART (He) would be ‘outraged’ to hear classical music is for the elite

From the archives: Mozart and Verdi would be “outraged” to hear classical music was considered the “exclusive preserve of an educated elite”, Clemency Burton-Hill says. “Rock stars” of classical music such as Mozart and Verdi would be “outraged” to know their works are considered the “exclusive preserve of an educated elite”, Clemency Burton-Hill has said, […]

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MAHLER: Symphony of a Thousand

………… we ask: which recording of his vast Eighth Symphony is best? Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is the calling-card for all orchestras with ambition: but which ones should you welcome in, asks Ken Smith.(Originally published in Gramophone, December 2008.) As soon as I got the invitation I immediately called my wife to tell her why I’d […]

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OPERA: Teodora Gheorghiu: There’s no magic to opera singing

Previously published here and elsewhere As Teodora Gheorghiu prepares to sing in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne, she tells Rupert Christiansen how she overcame an illness that threatened her career. It may only be something they put in the water, but over the last century or so Romania has produced an extraordinary succession of velvety lyric […]

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WHY DOES SCHUBERT: sound like Schubert?

Christian Zacharias first appeared in Gramophone’s pages in November 1978 with his debut recording of Schubert’s Piano Sonata No 18, D894. In her review at the time, Joan Chissell noted that ‘Zacharias emerges as an extremely thoughtful player, someone seeking the musical truth rather than trying to spotlight himself.’  And so it is a great […]

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BRAHMS: Leonidas Kavakos discusses Brahms’s Violin Concerto

From the archives: His first concerto recording for Decca has just been released. The Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos, newly signed to Decca, has just released his first concerto recording for the label: Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Gramophone’s editor-in-chief James Jolly caught up with Kavakos when he was in London to perform the work at the Barbican […]

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Herbert Blomstedt: The interview

Michael White (Gramophone magazine) writes: Like popes, conductors tend to carry on until they drop; and although Herbert Blomstedt insists that’s as far as comparisons go, he does happen to share with the current incumbent of the Holy See an 85th birthday this year – which (very like the pontiff) he’s facing in robust health, […]

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THE PROMS: The last night …

Katie Derham hosts the climax of the world’s greatest classical music festival, the Last Night of the Proms, live from the Royal Albert Hall, drawing a unique season of live performances to a celebratory close. Soprano Golda Schultz and violinist Lisa Batiashvili join Dalia Stasevska, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers in a […]

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Mieczysław Weinberg: a complete guide to the composer’s life and music

To mark Mieczysław Weinberg’s centenary, David Fanning explores the ever-growing catalogue of the Russian composer’s extraordinary and underappreciated music Twenty-five years ago, bedridden, with only 14 months to live, Weinberg celebrated his 75th birthday. The Russian musical world, however, did not. Concert life in post-Soviet Russia was in poor shape – one wry observer commented […]

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