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Bartók’s piano concertos – the pianist’s sternest test
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Bartók’s piano concertos – the pianist’s sternest test

Tackling Bartók’s three piano concertos is tantamount to conquering Mount Everest – but is the view from the summit worth the climb, asks Geoffrey Norris

Puccini and the Cinema
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Puccini and the Cinema

Ian Haydn Smith traces the use of Puccini's music through movie history, from You Said a Mouthful in 1932 to last year's Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Video: Beethoven's Für Elise in a 1920s gangster style
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Video: Beethoven's Für Elise in a 1920s gangster style

Pianist Slava Presnyakov reinvents Beethoven

Inside Bartók's Solo Violin Sonata
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Inside Bartók's Solo Violin Sonata

Rob Cowan talks to violinist James Ehnes about the demands of Bartók’s Solo Violin Sonata

Interview: Michael Tippett on the genesis of The Mask of Time
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Interview: Michael Tippett on the genesis of The Mask of Time

A fascinating insight into Tippett's creative process from the Gramophone archive. Interview by Ivor Humphreys

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

Obituary: Michael Tippett (Jan 2, 1905 - Jan 8, 1998)
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Obituary: Michael Tippett (Jan 2, 1905 - Jan 8, 1998)

Revisit the English composer's original Gramophone obituary from March 1998

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Top 10 Mendelssohn recordings

Like Rossini and Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn wrote effortless, life-enhancing, optimistic music. Here are 10 of the best recordings.

Reputations: Michael Tippett
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Reputations: Michael Tippett

Michael Oliver examines the legacy of a remarkable musical mind

Tippett's A Child of Our Time – which recording should you buy?
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Tippett's A Child of Our Time – which recording should you buy?

A Child of Our Time was Tippett’s reaction to tragic events that changed the course of world history. Geraint Lewis traces the genesis of this modern classic and follows its progress on disc

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