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Ray Chen signs to Sony (photo: Juliya Smolnikova)

New Sony signing: Ray Chen

Sony Classical has signed violinist Ray Chen on an exclusive, multi-disc contract. Winner of the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (2008) and the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2009), Chen’s first album for the label is due for release in...

Martin Cullingford
Menuhin’s main bow fetches £42,000 (photo: Sotheby's)

Menuhin’s Tourte bow fetches £42,000

Yehudi Menuhin’s main playing bow has been sold for £42,000 at Sotheby’s in London. The bow was made in the early 19th Century by Francois Xavier Tourte, who was known as “the Stradivari of bowmaking” and...

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Wolfgang Wagner (photo: Bayreuther Festspiele/Arve Dinda)

Wolfgang Wagner, for 57 years director of Bayreuth, has died

Wolfgang Wagner, the composer's grandson and for 57 years director of the Bayreuth Festival, died last Sunday (March 21) aged 90. He initiated what is now thought of as a watershed in Wagner production by inviting...

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James Rhodes

James Rhodes signs to Warner Bros Records

James Rhodes’ unorthodox approach to classical presentation has caught the attention of Warner Bros Records , which has signed a recording deal with the British pianist. His first release is scheduled for late 2010. The 35-year-old...

Charlotte Smith
Richard Hickox and Lady Susana Walton

Lady Susana Walton, Sir William's widow, has died

Susana (née Susana Valeria Rosa Maria Gil Passo) was born in Argentina, the daughter of a lawyer who ensured that all this children learned English, so she grew up bilingual and graduated with diplomas in accountancy...

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CHARM's sound files site

The new CHARM offensive

One of the most important archives of historic recordings has been unveiled by the Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM) under the aegis of King’s College London. CHARM’s philosophy states that “even...

James Jolly
Ernst von Siemens Music Prize winner Michael Gielen

Michael Gielen wins Ernst von Siemens Music Prize

The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation has named conductor Michael Gielen as the winner of its 2010 Music prize, worth €200,000. The prestigious international award, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Music”, honours a...

Charlotte Smith
Haydn from Rattle and the Berlin Phil

Visit the Digital Concert Hall for free!

The Berliner Philharmoniker are offering visitors to their Digital Concert Hall the chance to watch and listen to Sir Simon Rattle conducting them in Haydn’s Symphony No 92, Oxford . The symphony was recorded in concert...

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Digital overtakes physical

Digital overtakes physical

PRS for Music, the organisation which oversees royalty collection for over 65,000 composers and song writers, today announced that online music sales had at last overtaken physical sales (on CD and DVD formats). Online sales were...

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Gramophone online relaunches

Gramophone online relaunches

Welcome to the new Gramophone website. Regular visitors to Gramophone online will already be familiar with our extensive coverage of the music world’s latest developments in our news section, and may already have explored our 87...

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