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Voting for Artist of the Year 2012 now open!
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Artist of the Year 2012 - see the shortlist here

Every year, the Gramophone Classical Music Awards celebrate an artist at the height of his or her powers. For a number of years now we've opened the decision up to you, the Gramophone readers - offering you a shortlist of 10 artists to choose from, musicians who our editorial team really feel have contributed something special to classical music throughout the past year.

Marin Alsop in the Sala São Paulo, home of the OSESP
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Viva la música!

Ahead of their Proms performance on Wednesday, James Jolly witnesses the new partnership that’s already yielding exciting results

George Frideric Handel (MARKA/Alamy)
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Handel conquers London

Never short of confidence or savoir faire , the young Handel seems to have set out to become the supreme musical cosmopolitan. After a thorough grounding in the contrapuntal tradition of his native Saxony, he honed his command of form and fluid, long-arched melody during his glittering three-year sojourn in Italy.

In rehearsal: the team prepare their multi-sensory opera (credit: Nell Ranney)
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A not so Quiet Life

When Sarah Grange first conceived the idea of initiating an operatic project for the ground-breaking Tète-à-Tète: The Opera Festival in Hammersmith, she can have had little inkling of quite how remarkable this particular artistic journey would turn out to be. Her chosen subject for A Quiet Life was the life of Annie Jump Cannon, a ground-breaking American ‘blue stocking’ who was born in Dover, Delaware in December 1863, the daughter of Wilson Cannon, a shipbuilder and state senator.

The magnificent Harpa Hall, Reykjavík - learn more about it below
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The Harpa Hall, Reykjavík

This year Gramophone featured some of the world's most striking new concert-halls in its January issue. One of them was the newly opened Harpa Concert Hall in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík. James Jolly went to experience Harpa at first hand and made this video blog - with contributions from the hall's artistic director Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir and the music director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra Ilan Volkov.

The September issue of Gramophone is out now!
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Behind the Image... The Real Glenn Gould

This month in Gramophone , we celebrate the life and career of Glenn Gould , who passed away 30 years ago this year. We've spoken to his closest friends and colleagues as well to those who have been most influenced by his recordings (including pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, composers Steve Reich and Gavin Bryars, conductor Vladimir Jurowski, and singer Petula Clark). To fully comprehend the breadth of Gould's genius is no easy thing.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Violin Concerto
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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)

Poor Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912): in agreeing to a one-off fee of 15 guineas for the publishing rights to his 1898 cantata Hiawatha's Wedding Feast , he missed out on a fortune. In the years preceding the Great War, Novello sold in excess of 140,000 copies of the vocal score alone, the royalties from which would have secured the young composer and his growing family a far more amenable and stress-free lifestyle. Instead, the impecunious (and by all accounts, extremely affable and generous-spirited) Coleridge-Taylor was obliged to take on a variety of duties.

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