Every year since 2012 we’ve celebrated the great figures from the history of recorded music in our Hall of Fame feature. It’s now time to choose the ten new names to this year add to the ever-growing list of singers, instrumentalists, conductors, producers, sound engineers and label executives whose vision, commitment and genius have shaped classical music recording.
Hall of Fame members are explored in depth on our website, with their own dedicated page linking to content such as reviews, features and videos, a section of our website which we know to be one the most widely visited. The idea is, year-by-year, to create a valuable resource for those wishing to understand and explore the greats of recorded music.
The Gramophone Hall of Fame was launched with 50 names. In 2013, our 90th anniversary year, we added another 40 to bring the total up to 90. We now add a further 10 each year. Last year saw Dame Emma Kirkby, Trevor Pinnock, Grigory Sokolov, Gundula Janowitz, Eugene Ormandy, Anne Sofie von Otter, Jon Vickers, Gustav Leonhardt, Friedrich Gulda and Yevgeny Mravinsky added to the list.
We invite you to look through the long list we’ve drawn up of potential new inductees into our Hall of Fame, and choose the three you’d like to vote for. The deadline for having your say is Sunday, April 9. We’ll then celebrate the chosen artists in the June issue of Gramophone.
We want our Hall of Fame to reflect the knowledge and passion of the largest possible number of committed classical music listeners - and it’s only through your engagement that we’ve been able to make this celebratory and educational resource as meaningful as it is.
We look forward to seeing who you choose!
Martin Cullingford, Editor, Gramophone