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Cesare Siepi, great Italian bass (photo: Tully Potter Collection)

Cesare Siepi, great Italian bass, has died

Cesare Siepi, the great Italian bass who died in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 5, at the age of 87, was one of the most respected opera singers of his generation. He also enjoyed exceptional vocal longevity:...

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Juanjo Mena takes over the BBC Philharmonic (photo: Sussie Ahlburg)

Juanjo Mena named chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena is to succeed Gianandrea Noseda as chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic . The initial contract is for three years, and begins with the 2011-12 season. The Spanish conductor will lead the Manchester-based ensemble...

Martin Cullingford
Khatia Buniatishvili - joins Sony (photo: Julia Wesely)

New Sony signing - Khatia Buniatishvili

Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili has signed an exclusive contract with Sony Classical. The young Georgian musician – born in Tbilisi, in 1987 – was recently awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and appointed to the BBC New Generations...

Martin Cullingford
Step back in time: the BBC Proms Archive site

BBC Proms launches online Archive

The BBC Proms has launched an online Archive containing a searchable database of every performance, composer, work, musician and ensemble to have featured in the festival’s 115-year history. A total of 7168 concerts have taken place...

Martin Cullingford
Ludovic Morlot

Ludovic Morlot named Seattle Symphony director designate

After 26 years at the helm of the Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwartz is stepping down as music director to become conductor laureate. His replacement is 35-year-old French conductor Ludovic Morlot, who was named music director designate...

Charlotte Smith
Minnesota Orchestra

Free downloads from Minnesota

The Minnesota Orchestra and its music director Osmo Vänskä has launched a new download initiative. To mark the launch of the orchestra’s own download store, two works are being made available free of charge: Stravinsky’s Petrushka...

Charlotte Smith
Gramophone's August issue - on sale now

August issue now on sale!

Few – if any – conductors today are held in such esteem as the acclaimed maestro Claudio Abbado , so a chance to discuss what lies behind his music-making is a fascinating read.

Martin Cullingford
Humour and existentialist melancholy: John Cage (photo: Mike Abraham)

All life is here: John Cage's Indeterminacy

In 1959 Smithsonian Folkways – a record label more typically associated with folk artists like Peggy Seeger and Woody Guthrie – released Indeterminacy , described as “Ninety Stories by John Cage, with Music.” The set-up was...

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David Angus is Boston Lyric Opera music director from September 2010

David Angus named Boston Lyric Opera music director

Boston Lyric Opera’s two-year search for a new music director has finally borne fruit with the appointment of David Angus. The British conductor is to take up the role from September 2010 following a successful stint...

Charlotte Smith
Anthony Hicks: an encyclopedic mind

Obituary: Anthony Hicks, Handel scholar

The distinguished musicologist, author, editor and critic Anthony Hicks passed away peacefully last month after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Gifted with an encyclopedic mind and broad range of musical interests, during the mid-1960s he...

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