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Compton Mackenzie: Gramophone's first editor (photo: Tully Potter)
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Classic Compton Mackenzie put-downs

Reading Compton Mackenzie's editorials from the 1920s and 1930s in the Gramophone Archive can be immensely entertaining, particularly as he wasn't one to suffer fools, as the extracts below gleefully demonstrate.

Hadland's recording of Mozart's Concertos Nos 21 & 22 (released on January 28)
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Stepping onto the main stage

One summer evening in 2011 Christian Ihle Hadland and his agile fingers were negotiating their way around a sonata by Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach in front of a sizeable audience at the Johanneskirken in Bergen. Norwegian audiences are notoriously quiet and attentive, so when two unrecognised men got up to try and get a better view, the pianist probably guessed they weren’t locals. When the same two men skulked at the back of the rehearsal room the next day as Hadland and friends prepared a Brahms piano quintet, he might have suspected something was afoot.

George Bernard Shaw (photo: Alamy)
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So, George Bernard Shaw, what’s your favourite song?

Introduction by Compton Mackenzie ( December 1926 )

Edvard Grieg (Tully Potter collection)
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Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

Introduction Grieg’s music is Norway in just the same way that Elgar and Vaughan Williams are England. It is full of the idioms of Norwegian folk music synthesised with the German Romantic tradition. Like Chopin, Grieg was more comfortable in miniatures than large forms (his early symphony was not a success), used the piano for the vast bulk of his musical expression and fed off a proud nationalism. Read the full biography .

New Year's Concert 2013
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New Year's Concert 2013

As regularly as the earth orbits the sun, the Viennese New Year's Concert comes along to usher in the New Year, its subsequent progress to CD and DVD smartly tuned. This year’s conductor is Franz Welser-Möst, returning two years after an acclaimed debut at the event. Others may have more charisma but he brings to the tradition the instinctive grace of a native Austrian.

Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier: which recording is best?

Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier: which recording is best?

David Patrick Stearns discovers that finding the ideal Rosenkavalier recording is tricky

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