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Koussevitzky adorns the cover of The Gramophone (January 1944)
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Remembering Serge Koussevitzky - on his birthday

In the July 1945 of The Gramophone , Cpl Jerome J Pastene – who contributed a regular letter from Boston – paid tribute to one of the great figures in the city's, if not the USA's, musical life, the conductor Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951) who was in charge of the Boston Symphony from 1924 to 1949. We revisit that article today, on Koussevitzky's birthday.

Lord Berners (photo reproduced with kind permission of Chester Music Ltd)
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Lord Berners' 1924 opera receives a UK premiere

The amazingly enterprising Dorset Opera is at last doing justice to the only opera by a unique figure in British music – Lord Berners, the composer, writer, painter and eccentric who died in 1950. His comic opera Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement is based on a story by Prosper Mérimée which was also used by Offenbach in his La Périchole .

Late Mozart from Mackerras on Gramophone's 2010 Label of the Year, Linn
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Some anniversary recommendations for Mozart's Symphony No 40

On July 25, 1788, Mozart completed his G minor Symphony, No 40 – before presumably starting immediately in on work on the Jupiter Symphony, No 41, which he completed by August 10. Here's a quartet of recent recordings of No 40 which caught our ear! Symphonies Nos 38-41 Scottish Chamber Orchestra / 
Sir Charles Mackerras

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Top 10 Classical Music Moments in Cinema

1) Brief Encounter (1945, dir David Lean) A film of simmering passions, suppressed by a pair of very British stiff upper lips. Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto is a constant presence throughout the story, summing up perfectly a love affair that can never be realised. It’s one of the most romantic films ever made, teetering on the edge of melodrama, but always kept in check by the sincerity of Rachmaninov’s music.

Herbert von Karajan (Sipa Press/Rex Features)
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Herbert von Karajan Remembered

(For more articles, interviews and reviews of Karajan's greatest recordings visit the Gramophone Hall of Fame )

George Gershwin (photo: Alamy)
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George Gershwin: 'Still Fairer Hopes'

During the 13 years of their almost exclusive collaboration, George and Ira Gershwin produced nearly 1000 songs, for a dozen shows and four films. Imagine the fruits of that partnership if George had been granted even 10 more years – let alone 40.

Vittorio Grigolo starred in La bohème in open-air opera festival Chorégies d'Ora
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An Italian in Provence: Vittorio Grigolo’s La bohème

Every summer, the sleepy Provençal town of Orange looks back to its glorious past with an open-air opera festival in the best-preserved Roman theatre in Europe, seating around 9000 people in front of what Louis XIV described as ‘the finest wall in my kingdom’. The new Chorégies d’Orange began in 1971 with legendary performances now available on DVD including Caballé’s extraordinary Norma and Vickers and Nilsson under Böhm in a searing Tristan und Isolde .

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