Gramophone Mon 23rd April 2018

Every month Gramophone's playlists explore particular themes and musical connections

Every month in Gramophone magazine we produce expertly crafted playlists using Qobuz, the hi-res music streaming and download service. You can explore these facinating musical journeys below:

Playlist: the month of May

James Jolly explores music inspired by the month of May... Go to playlist

German works recorded in English translation

James Jolly offers a guide to works originally written in German that have been successfully recorded in English... Go to playlist

Brahms and Variations

James Jolly explores Brahms's fascination with variation form... Go to playlist

SCO and Mackerras

The relationship between the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and conductor Charles Mackerras... Go to playlist

On the waves

James Jolly follows the example set by Debussy's La mer to find similarly sea-influenced music... Go to playlist

Influenced by Debussy

James Jolly traces the influence of the great French composer in the 20th century... Go to playlist

The mastery of Gerald Moore

A celebration of the artistry of Gerald Moore... Go to playlist

Idiosyncratic violinists

James Jolly creates a musical journey with Patricia Kopatchinskaja as his inspiration... Go to playlist

Conducting fathers and sons

James Jolly explores recordings by families of conductors... Go to playlist

The Järvi three

Six of the finest recordings from the Estonian conducting family... Go to playlist

Modern psalm settings

Psalms set in the composer's own language - from Zemlinsky to Frances-Hoad... Go to playlist

Influential ‘Ein feste Burg’

Tracing Martin Luther's great hymn through musical history... Go to playlist

Great orchestrations

How to give perfect voice to another composer's music, by James Jolly... Go to playlist

New endings

To tie-in with our cover story about Mozart's Requiem, James Jolly explores some more great unfinished works... Go to playlist

Vocal constellations

Music for vocal duets and small ensembles... Go to playlist


Composer-pianist or pianist-composer? Either way, here are some of the finest on record... Go to playlist

Championing the new – NMC Recordings

Some of the brightest talents in contemporary British music... Go to playlist

The best of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Celebrating this year's Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award winner... Go to playlist

Pauline Viardot’s legacy

Tracing the influences of one of the great opera singers... Go to playlist

Inspirational female voices

James Jolly listens to the muses of the 20th and 21st centuries... Go to playlist

Hall of Fame sopranos

Five of the loveliest soprano voices... Go to playlist

Hall of Fame 2017 violinists

Fiddlers who tug at the heartstrings... Go to playlist

Inspirational castratos

James Jolly traces the influences of castrato singers on the great composers... Go to playlist

A history of the countertenor voice on record

James Jolly traces the development of countertenor singing, from Alfred Deller to the present day... Go to playlist

Inspired by Slava

Rostropovich was instrumental in expanding the cello repertoire during his lifetime, as these recordings demonstrate... Go to playlist

Rostropovich pupils

Rostropovich was a great cellist and conductor, but was also an inspirational teacher... Go to playlist

German baritones

Inspired by our February-issue interview with Christian Gerhaher, James Jolly explores the great German baritones... Go to playlist

German song-cycles

James Jolly traces the development of the German-language song-cycle... Go to playlist

Recorded premieres

Andrew Achenbach gathers some important premieres from the early days of recording... Go to playlist

Toscanini the creator

Hugo Shirley explores Toscanini's links with the creation of some of the greatest operas... Go to playlist

Mozart's Requiem – imperfect perfection

James Jolly explores works which, like Mozart's Requiem, were left unfinished by their composers... Go to playlist

Mozart's Requiem – The road to the Requiem

David Threasher explores the musical precursors of Mozart's Requiem... Go to playlist

Four Last Songs – when music mirrors life

Hugo Shirley takes Strauss's Four Last Songs as his starting point for a musical journey... Go to playlist

Four Last Songs – hailing the soprano voice

James Jolly uses Strauss's Four Last Songs as a point of departure for exploring the soprano voice... Go to playlist

The Baroque flute

Nathaniel Gore explores the varying tone of the flute as the instrument evolved... Go to playlist

Suicide in opera

Soprano Anna Prohaska highlights 10 arias sung by characters in extremis... Go to playlist

British church music

David Threasher and Geraint Lewis explore some of the finest Anglican music of the 20th century... Go to playlist

Let’s get minimal!

Jed Distler traces the path of minimalism, from Purcell to Reich... Go to playlist

Ring out those bells!

Hannah Nepil recommends works whose origins are in the sounds of bell-ringing... Go to playlist

Exploring Max Reger

Gavin Dixon celebrates the centenary composer’s impressively broad output... Go to playlist

Archived playlists by issue

November 2014 | December 2014 | January 2015 | February 2015 | March 2015 | April 2015 | May 2015 | June 2015 | July 2015 | November 2015 | December 2015 | January 2016 | February 2016 | March 2016 | April 2016 | May 2016 | June 2016

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