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Gramophone May 2010

Gramophone unveils redesign

Gramophone today unveils its exciting new look. Since our launch in 1923 Gramophone magazine has continually evolved to provide the best coverage of classical music through the most attractive and elegant features, criticism and photography. ...

Martin Cullingford
Blanche Thebom, American mezzo (photo: Tully Potter)

Blanche Thebom, American mezzo, has died

Blanche Thebom died at her home in San Francisco on March 23 a week after contracting pneumonia. She was 94. Thebom performed more than 350 times at the Met from 1944 to 1967 and was especially...

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The RSNO's Ten out of 10

Royal Scottish National Orchestra: new music initiative

As the RSNO's music director Stéphane Denève enters his final two seasons, the orchestra has unveiled its plans for the 2010-11 concerts. Neeme Järvi and Walter Weller return to conduct their old orchestra, and other maestros...

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Ole Schmidt (1928-2010)

Ole Schmidt, Danish composer and conductor dies

July 14, 1928 - March 6, 2010

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Lorin Maazel (photo: Simone Gänsheimer)

Lorin Maazel appointed Munich Philharmonic music director

When Lorin Maazel relinquished his role as the New York Philharmonic’s music director in 2009, retirement might have been on the cards for the 80-year-old. Not so, however, as the Munich Philharmonic has announced his appointment...

Charlotte Smith
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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