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Gramophone - November 2009

November issue of Gramophone out now

Tenor Mark Padmore and pianist Paul Lewis are two British musicians at the height of their powers. In our cover story, they discuss their searing collaboration in Schubert's tragic song-cycle Winterreise - the resulting recording, released...

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Helen Watts, contralto

Obituary: Helen Watts, contralto

Helen Watts was a singer of that best British school which, with the initial gift of a fine voice, learns the business and does the job, is hardly ever known to miss a beat or fluff an entry, and ends up being taken for granted. To the record-buying public she was a regular and reliable part of the LP scene, and when given a chance – as in the premier recording of Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea – she rose to the occasion nobly.

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Ian Wallace, bass-baritone

Obituary: Ian Wallace, bass-baritone, has died aged 90

Although encouraged by his father, the MP Sir John Wallace, to study law, Ian Wallace seemed destined for the stage. His abilities were noticed while he was at Cambridge, and after serving in the Royal Artillery during World War II, he began to perform, at first for the benefit of fellow servicemen who had been wounded or invalided out of the army.

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Valery Gergiev

EMI to produce its first instant recording

From fast food to Twitter, today’s culture is one of instant gratification, and EMI Classics is determined not to be left in the cold. In a first for the label, two live performances will be recorded tonight and tomorrow, prepared in the foyer, and sold to audience members as they leave the event.

Charlotte Smith

Caetani steps down as Melbourne Symphony artistic director

After four years at the helm of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Oleg Caetani has stepped down from his role as artistic director and chief conductor - more than a year before his tenure was due to conclude. The Italian, who took up the post in January 2005, was scheduled to conduct performances in November and December this year and engaged for six weeks of performances in 2010.

Charlotte Smith

Christian Thielemann to take over in Dresden

Christian Thielemann has been named as the new principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. The German conductor, currently music director of the Munich Philharmonic, will take up the role with the 2012/13 season. More information about his artistic ambitions with the orchestra – one of the oldest in the world, having been founded in 1548 – will be revealed at the formal signing next month.

Martin Cullingford

The English Baroque Soloists' Bach – listen for free!

The Gramophone Listening Room features a brand-new recording of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 4 courtesy of the English Baroque Soloists – for free to all visitors. Concertos Nos 4, 5 and 6 are already available in the Listening Room for subscribers, but to celebrate the album's release anyone can listen this single concerto. Simply visit The Gramophone Listening Room .

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Quatuor Ebène win Recording of the Year

Quatuor Ebène have won Recording of the Year at the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Awards for their disc of Debussy, Ravel and Fauré string quartets.

Martin Cullingford

This week's chart now available

To download the latest Specialist Classical Chart as a pdf, click "Chart" from the menu above.

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Thierry Fischer named Utah Symphony music director

Thierry Fischer has been announced as the new music director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra. The Swiss conductor succeeds Keith Lockhart, whose tenure finished at the end of May. Fischer is currently the principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and chief conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic, positions he will continue to hold. His contract at Utah runs until the end of the 2012/13 season, with an option to renew for a further three years after that.

Martin Cullingford

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