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Anne-Sophie Mutter joins Universal colleagues (Photo: Hayley Madden)

Universal Music pledge renewed focus on classical

There have been rumblings in the music industry for some time that the executives at Universal Music were preparing to inject new life into their classical divisions. Not that DG and Decca, who between them have...

Martin Cullingford
The "Molitor"

Stradivari violin sells for $3.6m - beating auction record

STORY UPDATED OCT 19: A Stradivari violin known as the "Molitor", thought originally to belong to Napoleon Bonaparte, has sold on-line for a record $3.6 million. The previous world record for a musical instrument at auction...

Charlotte Smith
Helmut Lachenmann - a weekend of exploration (Photo: Gabi Minz, Neuhardenberg)

From awkward-squad to senior composer

Ten years ago, a weekend devoted to Helmut Lachenmann’s music at the Southbank would have been unthinkable. Lachenmann was deemed a bovver-boy composer – one of the awkward-squad whose music had a tendency to pose unpalatable...

Martin Cullingford
Dame Joan Sutherland, who has died aged 83 (photo: Decca)

Dame Joan Sutherland has died

Dame Joan Sutherland, one of the great sopranos of our time, has died aged 83. With Maria Callas she spearheaded the post-war revival of the bel canto repertoire, in a career that stretched from her debut...

James Jolly
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Watch the Gramophone Awards

The Gramophone Awards were a hugely enjoyable celebration of great recordings and magnificent artists. It is only a shame that all of our readers couldn’t celebrate with us – but now, in a way, you can...

Martin Cullingford

A lost Vivaldi manuscript is discovered in Scotland

University of Southampton research fellow Andrew Woolley stumbled across the score of a Vivaldi flute concerto among papers housed in the National Archive of Scotland in Edinburgh. “This piece was previously known only from a mention...

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Korean pianist Soo Jung Ann (photo: Sadowski and Grendzinski / NIFC)

The International Chopin Piano Competition begins

The 16th International Chopin Piano competition opened in Warsaw this weekend. The competition, one of the oldest and most prestigious in the world, was launched in 1927 and is now held every five years. This year's...

Martin Cullingford
The Berlin Philharmonie [photo: Berliner Philharmoniker/Bruns]

The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra at Berlin’s Philharmonie

The Digital Concert Hall, the virtual concert hall of the Berlin Philharmoniker, played host yesterday to one of the orchestras to have emerged from Venezuela’s inspired and inspiring musical education project, El Sistema. The Berliner Philharmoniker...

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Gramophone Awards 2010 unveiled

The Gramophone Awards – the world’s most influential classical music prizes – were announced today at London’s Dorchester Hotel. This year’s Recording of the Year – chosen in a secret ballot by a special panel of...

Martin Cullingford

Hear the Gramophone Awards Podcast No 4

In the last of our four podcasts exploring the shortlists in this year's Gramophone Awards, James Jolly and Peter Quantrill discuss the Early, Baroque Instrumental and Vocal, and Contemporary categories. The Early Music category sees the...

Martin Cullingford

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