Were every celebrity residence in Manhattan marked with a blue plaque, the weight of extra metal would likely send skyscrapers crashing down through the East Coast seaboard, flattening the honeycomb of subway lines that sprawl underneath with the resonant impact of so many names, dates, achievements and moments in time that changed the world.
Flamboyant, cross-genre organist Cameron Carpenter appeared at the Proms on September 1 and 2, performing original works by Bach and his own arrangements and improvisations. In the second concert, his own Syncretic Prelude and Fugue incorporated Bach's famous Chaconne and the finale of Mahler's Fifth Symphony. Click the first image to launch the gallery All images © Chris Christodoulou
Ahead of his performance of Debussy solo piano music at today's lunchtime Prom, Gramophone 's editor Martin Cullingford talked to pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard about the composer's music, focussing on his Préludes. Listen to Aimard discuss the music below - and then hear his Proms performance of Book 2 of the Préludes, plus other works, from Cadogan Hall, on the BBC iPlayer .
The high-priest of experimental music, John Cage, would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year, an occasion that was marked at the Proms with a very special concert featuring works such as the Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra, But what about the noise of crumpling paper... , and Branches – a work for amplified cacti. The concert also included music by young composers who have been inspired by Cage with performances of Christian Marclay's Baggage and a group piece by David Behrman, Takehisa Kosugi, Keith Rowe and Christian Wolff.
The Vienna Boys' Choir tour the UK for the first time in 10 years this September and October, giving eight performances across England and Scotland, including a joint performance with the choir of King's College, Cambridge on October 4.
Once again, the classical record industry has delivered! A constant stream of recordings continues unabated that bears witness to the creativity, imagination, flair, tenacity, style and prodigious talent of musicians, A&R directors and labels’ creative and editorial teams the world over. And once again, the work of the major labels (diminishing in number by the year, it seems) and independents has caught our imagination and propelled 45 recordings into the Second Round, the discs – three per category – from the winners have emerged.
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.
Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde is being performed at Belfast Zoo between August 10 and 19, featuring local children from Northern Ireland's Chinese community and the National Children's Choir from China. Co-produced by the KT Wong Foundation and NI Opera, the production is a co-commission by the London 2012 Festival and the Cultural Olympiad. The opera will travel to Beijing in October in conjunction with the UK Now Festival - the first time an opera by Benjamin Britten has been performed to an audience in China.