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The March 2011 edition of Gramophone is on sale now

This month's cover story explores the legacy of Sir Thomas Beecham ; to mark 50 years since the great conductor’s death, Rob Cowan goes in search of the secrets that lay behind the brilliance of the man who did so much to shape Britain's music scene. Log on the Gramophone Player to listen to Beecham conduct Delius’s In a Summer Garden , courtesy of the Somm label.

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Lisa Batiashvili's new disc is our Record of the Month

New on the Gramophone Player

This month's new content has now been loaded onto the Gramophone Player, and is available to stream now. Listen to movements or tracks from all of this month’s Editor's Choice recordings, plus excerpts from the Reissue...

Martin Cullingford
Milton Babbit: belief in music (photo: Tully Potter Collection)

Obituary: Milton Babbitt, composer

In 1958 the composer Milton Babbitt, who has died in Princeton, New Jersey aged 94, wrote an article for High Fidelity magazine arguing that music had now evolved into a quasi-science which “the normally well-educated man...

Martin Cullingford
John Barry, Oscar-winning film score composer (photo: UPP / Topfoto / ArenaPAL)

Obituary: John Barry, film music composer

John Barry, the Oscar-winning film score composer, has died. John Barry was born in York in 1933. His upbringing was a portent of things to come: his father ran a cinema chain where as a teenager...

Martin Cullingford
Peter Oundjian takes over in Scotland (Photo: Sian Richards)

The RSNO names its new music director

The British-Canadian conductor, and former first violinist of the Tokyo Quartet, Peter Oundjian, takes over the helm of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the start of the 2012-13 season. Born in Toronto and raised in...

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Dame Margaret Price has died at the age of 69 (photo: Tully Potter Collection)

The Welsh soprano Dame Margaret Price has died

Dame Margaret Price has died at her home near Cardigan in Wales aged 69. Her pure, warm, lyric soprano will always be associated with the music of Mozart, a composer whose music ran through her career...

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Claudio Abbado: back at the RFH (photo: Georg Anderhub)

London’s South Bank Centre unveils 2011-12 season

London’s South Bank Centre today unveiled its 2011-12 season. Home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room – and to resident ensembles the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of...

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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein: part of Decca's renewed 'core' classical focus

Decca label relaunches - as Decca Classics

The celebrated Decca label has been relaunched as Decca Classics as part of renewed focus on ‘core’ classical music. Max Hole, the COO of Universal’s international music business, has charged his new team with maintaining the...

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Gramophone reports from Midem

Every January the music business gathers at the Midem conference in Cannes, in the South of France. In a special podcast, Gramophone Editor-in-Chief James Jolly meets some of the label heads to find out about their...

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Win a Pure Evoke-2S digital radio in the Gramophone quiz

Win a Pure Evoke-2S digital radio

Each month, Gramophone 's online quiz asks you to draw on your musical knowledge – and your skill at using a search engine (or, if you prefer, you are very welcome to reach over to your...

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