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Sir Simon Rattle
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Rattle and the Berlin Phil: Top 10 recordings

To mark Sir Simon Rattle's appointment as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, here are 10 of our favourite recordings from his tenure at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Gioachino Rossini
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Jeering, catcalls, and a wandering cat - the birth of Rossini's Barber of Seville

Richard Osborne looks back at the disastrous first performance of Rossini's masterpiece

Gramophone Editor’s Choice recordings – March 2015
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Gramophone Editor’s Choice recordings – March 2015

Editor Martin Cullingford introduces his 12 favourite recordings from the March issue

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Playlists

Every month Gramophone's playlists explore particular themes and take you on a musical journey

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How can anyone not like Haydn?

Philip Kennicott on discovering a rare, benighted breed – the Haydn-hater

Papa and boy: Haydn and Mozart
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Haydn - the poor man’s Mozart?

In the two centuries since his death Joseph Haydn has been scandalously underrated, argues Richard Wigmore

Puccini's Madama Butterfly
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Puccini's Madama Butterfly

Gramophone selects some recommended recordings of Puccini's popular opera

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Top 10 Romantic composers

The Romantic period was one of the most innovative in music history, characterised by lyrical melodies, rich harmonies, and emotive expression.

Contemporary composer: John Adams
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Contemporary composer: John Adams

James McCarthy celebrates that rare beast – a composer who writes music that is enjoyed by the critics and the public alike

Marin Alsop, São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
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Gramophone presents: Music, art and culture in Brazil

A cultural tour to São Paulo and Iguazú

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