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Gramophone Magazine

April 2019

Gramophone enriches your classical music experience and connects you with great recordings. Packed with features across all classical music genres, our globally acclaimed writers will inform and entertain you with independent and intelligent editorial and more than 150 reviews in every issue. Our reputation is founded on our acclaimed critical analyses of the latest CD releases, in-depth features and interviews with classical stars, and our comprehensive coverage of recorded and live music. Please Note: This price excludes VAT which will be added when you checkout.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mark Allen Business & Leisure
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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growing audiences: on air, in schools, in china

On March 5, the UK’s airwaves, digitally speaking, were treated to a new classical music station, Scala Radio. BBC Radio 3’s origins lie in the early era of broadcasting while Classic FM, the first commercial classical station, launched some 26 years ago. Scala, another commercial station, now joins them from the same stable as Jazz FM and Absolute Radio, aiming to be a popular and accessible station, but which happens to play classical music. Its most high-profile host, Simon Mayo, has presented some of the top slots on BBC Radios 1 and 2, and the hope must be that many a listener will follow him on his journey. First impressions augur well, the playlist a mix of core works by core artists (Elgar from Sir Andrew Davis, Mozart from…

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this month’s contributors

‘The scale of China, and its appetite for classical music, has to be seen to be believed,’ writes the author of this month’s cover story, ANDREW MELLOR, who visited some of China’s major cultural centres for us. ‘This is truly a land of contradictions, which makes the story all the more fascinating.’ The most valuable aspect for ROB COWAN when he was researching his Collection on Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances was, he says, ‘questioning the effectiveness of recordings I thought I loved, and recognising the virtues of those I didn’t previously know. It was’, he continues, ‘a privilege indeed.’ ‘There’s nothing more boring than a musician who toes the party line,’ says RICHARD BRATBY. ‘You don’t have to be a cellist to enjoy interviewing an artist as outspoken as Alban…

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the reviewers

Andrew Achenbach • Nalen Anthoni • Tim Ashley • Mike Ashman • Michelle Assay Richard Bratby • Edward Breen • Liam Cagney • Alexandra Coghlan • Rob Cowan (consultant reviewer) Jeremy Dibble • Peter Dickinson • Jed Distler • Adrian Edwards • Richard Fairman • David Fallows David Fanning • Andrew Farach-Colton • Iain Fenlon • Neil Fisher • Fabrice Fitch • Jonathan Freeman-Attwood Charlotte Gardner • David Gutman • Christian Hoskins • Lindsay Kemp • Philip Kennicott • Richard Lawrence Andrew Mellor • Ivan Moody • Bryce Morrison • Hannah Nepil • Jeremy Nicholas • Christopher Nickol Geoffrey Norris • Richard Osborne • Stephen Plaistow • Mark Pullinger • Peter Quantrill • Guy Rickards Malcolm Riley • Marc Rochester • Patrick Rucker • Edward Seckerson • Hugo Shirley…

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gramophone editor's choice

MAHLER Symphony No 7 Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván Fischer Channel Classics Martin Cullingford’s pick of the finest recordings from this month’s reviews JS BACH Violin ConcertosIsabelle Faust vn Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin / Bernhard ForckHarmonia Mundi Isabelle Faust’s Bach is perfectly controlled, both in tone and tempos, everything bursting with a life and liveliness that is utterly delightful. BAX. COHEN ‘Private Passions’Mark Bebbington pfSomm CélesteMark Bebbington’s musical journeys are always fascinating – this time he pairs Arnold Bax with some recently discovered pieces by Harriet Cohen, in performances that are full of poetry. ELGAR Caractacus Sols; Orchestra of Opera North / Martyn BrabbinsHyperionElgar’s early cantata reveals – certainly in the hands of such a skilled interpreter of his music as Martyn Brabbins – the genius…

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for the record

The BBC made two attention-grabbing announcements this month reflecting its aim to reach new – and particularly young – audiences. Twenty-year-old saxophonist Jess Gillam, a former BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist and recently signed to the Decca label, will now join BBC Radio 3 as a presenter. Jess Gillam’s BBC Radio 3 show will explore music that crosses genresAs host of a new show called ‘This Classical Life’, launching on Saturday April 6, Gillam will interview classical artists about their musical interests across genres. Now the station’s youngest presenter, she was one of several prominent recording artists Radio 3 announced as new hosts: harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani will present a three-part series, ‘The Alternative Bach’, guitarist Sean Shibe will present a six-part series, ‘Guitar Zone’, and soprano Danielle…

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marie perbost soprano

Marie Perbost’s debut album couldn’t be better suited to her passions and ambitions. When interviewed for a Gramophone podcast last year, the young French soprano described herself as a ‘fervent defender of operetta’. And in ‘Une jeunesse à Paris’, a beautifully prepared and charmingly performed recital of operetta arias, mélodies and chansons released on Harmonia Mundi’s Nova series, she leaves listeners in no doubt of her affinity with this repertoire.A young artist’s biography usually lists the colleges, the teachers, the awards: in Perbost’s case, early musical experiences included singing with Maîtrise de Radio-France under conductors including Kurt Masur and Myung-whun Chung, before studying at the Paris Conservatoire, then in the 2017/18 season joining the Paris National Opera Bastille opera studio; competition successes include the Grand Prix at the 2015…

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