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London's Barbican: playing host

International orchestras take up London residencies in 2011-12

Three major international orchestras will take up residency at the Barbican next season, the details of which were announced yesterday. The Leipzig Gewandhaus, New York Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw orchestras will join regular resident ensembles...

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Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak: joining Decca

Decca signs Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak

Decca has signed the Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak, currently wooing audiences at Covent Garden as Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (“Her high notes ping crystal-clear around Christian Fenouillat's high-walled box of a set with...

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The 1951 Festival of Britain (photo: Austin Brackenbury)

South Bank celebrations to mark 60th anniversary of Festival of Britain

Sixty years ago London’s South Bank hosted the Festival of Britain, an event which gave birth to the cultural complex which today includes the Royal Festival Hall and its smaller sister auditoriums, plus the Hayward Gallery...

Martin Cullingford
Soprano Nino Machaidze signs to Sony (photo: Uli Weber)

Soprano Nino Machaidze signs for Sony

Sony Classical has got its contracts department busy again, signing the young Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze. Now 27 years old, she has already become familiar to audiences in many of the world’s musical capitals in recent...

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Hear this month's Archive recording

Every month Gramophone newly transfers an archive recording for our Gramophone Player. Already on the Player you can hear: Bach Cantatas conducted by Fritz Lehmann René Soames singing songs by John Danyel, John Dowland and Thomas...

Martin Cullingford
Volkov appointed music director of Iceland Symphony (photo: Simon Butterworth)

Ilan Volkov named new Iceland Symphony Orchestra music director

Ilan Volkov has been appointed music director and chief conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra . His contract begins next season (2011-2012), and coincides with the orchestra’s first in the newly-built Harpa concert hall. The 34-year...

Martin Cullingford
Gramophone launches digital edition

Gramophone launches digital magazine!

Throughout our 88-year history Gramophone has always embraced the latest technological developments – be they the LP, CD, internet or downloads – both in what we cover and how we cover it. And now our latest...

Martin Cullingford

The February 2011 edition of Gramophone is on sale now!

This month’s edition of Gramophone – on sale in UK newsagents now – explores Liszt . As we mark the composer's bicentenary, Jeremy Nicholas asks what impact his virtuosity, charisma and devastating good looks had on...

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Listen to our Recording of the Month: Bellini’s I puritani from Glyndebourne

The February 2011 Gramophone Playlist now online!

Log on to the Gramophone Player to listen to complete movements or tracks from all of this month’s Editor Choice recordings, plus excerpts from the Reissue and DVD of the Month. There’s also a newly transferred...

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Knight at the opera: ENO chairman Vernon Ellis honoured

The trumpet shall sound: this New Year's musical honours

Classical music names in the 2011 New Year Honours list were led by English National Opera chairman Vernon Ellis and mezzo-soprano Felicity Palmer. Ellis, who has been knighted, was a key supporter of the recent restoration...

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