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Giuseppe Taddei, Italian baritone (photo: Tully Potter Collection)

Giuseppe Taddei has died

“Oh my beloved Taddei!” ventured Philip Hope-Wallace on air one afternoon in the early post-war years, remarking on the great and sudden popularity of the new Italian baritone. And certainly Gianni Schicchi was one of his...

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Eric Whitacre: joins Decca

Eric Whitacre signs to Decca

American composer Eric Whitacre has signed to Decca on what is described as an “exclusive, long-term recording contract”. His debut album for the label, “Light & Gold”, will be recorded in August, and will feature Whitacre...

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July issue - on sale now!

July issue of Gramophone on sale!

The cream of the world's musicians are heading to London over the next few months for the BBC Proms, the world's largest music festival. You can as ever listen on the radio or online from many...

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Philip Langridge - a fund launched in his memory (Photo: Richard Davies)

Fund launched in memory of Philip Langridge

On Sunday May 30, a gala concert was held in the John McIntosh Arts Centre at the London Oratory School, in honour of the celebrated English tenor Philip Langridge, who died on March 5 this year,...

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Angus Smith, new artistic director of Music in the Round

Music in the Round appoints new artistic director

Music in the Round, the Sheffield-based chamber music organisation, has appointed a new artistic director. Founded in 1984 as the Sheffield Chamber Music Festival by Peter Cropper, first violin of the now-retired string quartet The Lindsays,...

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Stephen Connolly welcomes Jonathan Howard (photo: Simon Fernandez/Classic FM)

King’s Singers appoint new bass

The King’s Singers, a six-man ensemble as renowned for their interpretations of early and contemporary vocal music as for their witty arrangements of popular music, have appointed a new bass. Jonathan Howard, 23, a graduate of...

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Yvonne Loriod, with her husband Olivier Messiaen-photo: Tully Potter Collection

Yvonne Loriod, pianist and Messiaen's wife, has died

The opportunity to observe Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic rehearsing Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony in January 1988 with the composer present was too good to pass up. Yet time and again the 63-year-old piano...

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Vladimir Jurowski - staying with the LPO (photo: Sheila Rock/IMG Artists)

LPO extends principal conductor Jurowski's contract

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has extended the contracts of both its principal conductor Vladimir Jurowski and its principal guest conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The positive feeling among London concert-goers about the Jurowski/LPO relationship, which began with the...

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Scene of a strike: Venice's historic La Fenice (photo: Michele Crosera)

Italian opera houses strike following government cuts

The mayor of the city of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, is the latest to add his voice to a chorus of disapproval among musicians and theatre workers following government reform of state-supported opera houses and orchestras approved...

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Definitely opera without DJs – dinner jackets, that is... (photo: Matthias Heyde

Savitri staged in the Berghain techno club

Every weekend, Berlin’s most fabulous young things head to Berghain, where Berlin's most celebrated DJs spin way past dawn. For two nights last week, however, the world renown techno club housed in a former power plant,...

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