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The Chart-topping Decca recording of music by Striggio and Tallis

The Specialist Classical Chart has a new No 1

André Rieu and his album “Forever Vienna” has been toppled from the top of the Specialist Classical Chart by a 16th-century composer, Alessandro Striggio. The Missa Ecco sì beato giorno is in 40 parts and has...

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Robert Spano to take over Aspen Music Festival

Robert Spano headed to Aspen

After a difficult period in its history, arguably America's most respected classical music festival has named a new music director. The Aspen Music Festival and School has appointed 49 year-old Robert Spano, who also runs the...

James Inverne
Hear an excerpt from this month's Recording of the Month

April issue Playlist added to Gramophone Player!

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

Martin Cullingford
John Wilson, energising the Proms in 2009 (photo: Chris Christodoulou)

John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra sign for EMI

The conductor and arranger John Wilson, together with his orchestra, has been signed to EMI Classics. Which won’t come as a surprise to followers of the UK music scene. Wilson and his players have been among...

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Gramophone April 2011: Film Music Special, on sale now

April 2011 issue of Gramophone: on sale now

The April 2011 issue of Gramophone – now on sale – focuses on the often unfairly dismissed world of film music. In a 25-page special, Gramophone celebrates the art form, paying tribute to the life and...

Martin Cullingford
Julia Lezhneva - recording debut on Naïve (photo: Franck Juery / Naïve)

Julia Lezhneva makes first recital recording

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’s 21 year-old protégé, Julia Lezhneva, has made her debut recital recording, for Naïve. The Russian soprano, who is currently studying in London, was introduced to the British public when Te Kanawa presented...

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John Storgårds: Manchester role (photo: Marco Borggreve)

BBC Philharmonic appoints John Storgårds principal guest conductor

John Storgårds has accepted his first titled position at a UK ensemble – principal guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. The 47-year-old Finn will conduct ‘up to four concerts per season’ in Manchester while also appearing...

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James Levine departs the Boston SO (Photo: BSO / Michael Lutch)

James Levine steps down from Boston Symphony

James Levine, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is to relinquish the role at the end of the current season. Dogged by ill health, he has had to cancel an increasing number of appearances with...

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Baroque flautist Katy Bircher: honour and responsibility

New Vivaldi flute concerto recorded: hear an excerpt

The Vivaldi flute concerto discovered last year in the National Archives of Scotland is now available for download, having been recorded by Gramophone Award-winning ensemble La Serenissima and Baroque flautist Katy Bircher. But if you think...

Martin Cullingford
Thomas Hewitt Jones conducts the NYO (photo: LOCOG)

Hear the score behind the next Olympic film

As the London Olympics approach, most of the headlines are, understandably, about the opening of venues such as the velodrome and the likely prospects of British sports stars. But it’s not all about athletic and architectural...

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