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Rudolf Barshai: acclaimed in Mahler and Shostakovich

Conductor Rudolf Barshai remembered

Rudolf Barshai’s death severs another connection to the glory days of Russian-Soviet music-making. Born in a Cossack village, Barshai was a Borodin Quartet member before that ensemble acquired its name. Its 87.5 per cent Jewish line-up...

Martin Cullingford
Daniel Barenboim shakes hands with Universal chief operating officer Max Hole

Barenboim joins DG and Decca Classics

Daniel Barenboim has signed a major recording deal with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics, set to continue beyond 2012. Encompassing Barenboim’s work as both a conductor and pianist, the extensive plans include the artist’s first recordings...

Charlotte Smith
November 2010 Gramophone - on sale

November 2010 issue of Gramophone out now

In the November issue of Gramophone we pay tribute to Dame Joan Sutherland , one of the greatest sopranos of the 20th century, who died in October. Gramophone critics John Steane and Edward Greenfield, along with...

Martin Cullingford
Recording of the Month: Pierre Boulez conducting Szymanowski

New in the Gramophone Player

Welcome to this month’s Gramophone Player, where you can listen to music related to the latest edition of Gramophone magazine, as well as explore some superb Archive discoveries. The cover of the November issue of Gramophone...

Martin Cullingford
Yulianna Avdeeva: winner of the 16th International Fryderyck Chopin Competition

First woman in 45 years wins Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw

The results of the 16th International Fryderyck Chopin Competition in Warsaw have been announced. First Prize was awarded to 25-year-old Russian Yulianna Avdeeva. She is the first female winner of the First Prize in 45 years,...

Martin Cullingford

The Gramophone Quiz No 2 is now online

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...

Martin Cullingford
Anne-Sophie Mutter joins Universal colleagues (Photo: Hayley Madden)

Universal Music pledge renewed focus on classical

There have been rumblings in the music industry for some time that the executives at Universal Music were preparing to inject new life into their classical divisions. Not that DG and Decca, who between them have...

Martin Cullingford
The "Molitor"

Stradivari violin sells for $3.6m - beating auction record

STORY UPDATED OCT 19: A Stradivari violin known as the "Molitor", thought originally to belong to Napoleon Bonaparte, has sold on-line for a record $3.6 million. The previous world record for a musical instrument at auction...

Charlotte Smith
Helmut Lachenmann - a weekend of exploration (Photo: Gabi Minz, Neuhardenberg)

From awkward-squad to senior composer

Ten years ago, a weekend devoted to Helmut Lachenmann’s music at the Southbank would have been unthinkable. Lachenmann was deemed a bovver-boy composer – one of the awkward-squad whose music had a tendency to pose unpalatable...

Martin Cullingford
Dame Joan Sutherland, who has died aged 83 (photo: Decca)

Dame Joan Sutherland has died

Dame Joan Sutherland, one of the great sopranos of our time, has died aged 83. With Maria Callas she spearheaded the post-war revival of the bel canto repertoire, in a career that stretched from her debut...

James Jolly

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