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Yevgeny Svetlanov in 1979 (photo: LSO)
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Remembering Yevgeny Svetlanov (1928-2002)

To mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Russian conductor and composer Yevgeny Svetlanov, we reprint Alan Blyth's classic interview from the March 1970 issue of Gramophone...

Daniel Barenboim
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The best and worst Gramophone debuts

As the old saying goes: it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish that counts. But even so, some of the most lauded classical artists of the 20th century have made spectacularly inauspicious debuts in the pages of Gramophone . How about this review from January 1967 – can you guess who the conductor of this new recording of Beethoven’s Seventh with the Vienna Philharmonic might be?

The Marriage of Figaro
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Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro – the best recording

(First published as the 'Gramophone Collection' in 2011 Awards issue.) The recommendations and discography can be found at the end of the article.

The cover image of the Ricordi score of Turandot (Photo: Alamy)
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Puccini's Turandot – a survey of recordings

On the anniversary of the premiere on April 25, 1926, John Steane looks at the recordings of Puccini's last opera (First published as the 'Gramophone Collection' in July 2008, by John Steane.) The recommendations and discography can be found at the end of the article.

EMI's Ferrier collection (three discs)
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A centenary tribute to an iconic singer, Kathleen Ferrier

Kathleen Ferrier (April 22, 1912–October 5, 1953) touched the hearts of millions with her extraordinary voice, a deep, rich contralto, the like of which we rarely encounter these days. The intensity of her singing, the beauty of her voice, the shortness of her life and the sadness of her death from cancer all combined to create an impression that guaranteed for artistic longevity. As the anniversary of her birth is marked by a handful of special releases, we delve into the Gramophone archives, and tell her story from different perspectives.

Walter Arlen: a response to text that's sensitive, discerning, individual
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Walter Arlen: a life set to song

I'm sitting at a cafe in a suburb of Vienna with an elderly American called Walter Arlen - except his name isn't really Arlen but Aptowitzer, and he was born not in the USA but in a Viennese suburb much like this where his parents owned and ran a department store. Until it was taken away from them in 1938.

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