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Seoul Philharmonic signs to DG

Deutsche Grammophon has signed the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and its music director Myung-Whun Chung to an exclusive contract – something DG’s parent company Universal Classics has described as signalling its ‘growing involvement in the musical life...

Martin Cullingford
Join the Royal Concertgebouw in Berlin's Philharmonie

Watch the Royal Concertgebouw live from the Philharmonie - for free

To mark the state visit to Germany of the Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix, Amsterdam’s great orchestra will be giving a concert at the Philharmonie in Berlin on Wednesday, April 13. Mariss Jansons will conduct the Royal Concergebouw...

James Jolly
Benjamin Grosvenor signs to Decca (photo: Laurie Lewis)

Benjamin Grosvenor signs to Decca

Benjamin Grosvenor has signed to Decca Classics. In doing so he becomes the first British pianist to join the label in 60 years – since the days of Clifford Curzon, Moura Lympany and Peter Katin –...

Martin Cullingford
Gershwin on Gramophone

Chailly, Pappano, Argerich - all on this month's Player

This month's Gramophone Player opens with a track from the wonderful new Gershwin disc from Riccardo Chailly and pianist Stefano Bollani on Decca. The other nine Editor’s Choice recordings include Easdale Film Music from Chandos, Testament...

Martin Cullingford
Classics for Japan: a digital album to benefit the Japanese Red Cross

Decca and DG team up for a digital-only charity album

Deutsche Grammophon and Decca release a digital album tomorrow (April 6) to benefit the Japanese Red Cross. ‘Classics for Japan, Music for Healing’ features performances by Japanese artists and musicians who have enjoyed particular success in...

James Jolly
Gramophone May issue: Der Rosenkavalier explored

The May 2011 edition of Gramophone: on sale now!

The May 2011 edition of Gramophone is now on sale. Our cover story explores the 20th century’s finest opera comedy 100 years since its premiere, Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier . Leading singers, including Renée Fleming, talk about...

Martin Cullingford
David Pountney has been appointed artistic director of Welsh National Opera

David Pountney to run Welsh National Opera

Some surprising news from Cardiff – David Pountney has been appointed as chief executive and artistic director of Welsh National Opera. Surprising because following Pountney’s success in the 1980s as Director of Productions at English National...

Charlotte Smith
Signing to Sony: the Emersons (photo: Tristan Cook)

Sony signs the Emerson String Quartet

Just three days after announcing the signing of Leif Ove Andsnes, Sony Classical has announced another prestigious addition to its roster: the Emerson String Quartet. The signing brings to an end a prolific 30-disc relationship with...

Martin Cullingford
Rattle and Barenboim announce their joint concert for Japan

A unique concert for Japan

Berlin’s Philharmonie will play host tonight (March 29) to a concert which, for the first time, finds the Berliner Philharmoniker and Staatskapelle Berlin performing on the same stage on the same evening. All the proceeds from...

James Jolly
Robert Tear, who has died aged 72 (photo: Ben Campbell-White)

The Welsh tenor Robert Tear has died

The tenor Robert Tear died this morning, March 29: he was 72. His repertoire was vast but he brought something special to British music. He was born in Barry, Glamorgan and studied at the Boys’ Grammar...

James Jolly

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