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Engaging with Cage

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.

Herbert Henck plays John Cage's Early Piano Music
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John Cage (1912-92)

For those new to Cage's philosophies and music, here are nine points of departure... 1) Gramophone recommended recording:

Pierre-Laurent Aimard discusses Debussy (photo: Marco Borggreve)
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Pierre-Laurent Aimard discusses Debussy

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 .

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Gramophone Awards 2012

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.

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

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