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Knudåge Riisager: the composer's humour is alive and well in Danish music
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Send in the Danes

‘We have the same sense of humour, the English and the Danes, don’t we?’ There’s a teetering pause. Backstage at the Symphony Hall in Aarhus, composer Bo Holten has me fixed with expectant eyes and a burgeoning grin. ‘That’s why we get along so well, isn’t it?’

Tito Gobbi - superb as Boccanegra
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Gramophone Top 10s - our mini-guides to the best classical recordings available on CD, DVD or to download

We all love lists, and we all love sharing our musical passions with our friends. Each week we'll respond to topical events, or to important anniversaries, with at least one new list – but we'll also try to be a little serendipitous and come up with some Top Tens that will open your ears to some great new music. And under each list we invite you to suggest recordings of your own to add to our reccomendations. Here are our tens (newest from the top).

Janáček: who would your musical blindspot be? (image: Tully Potter Collection)
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Hands up! Whose music do you really hate?

I’ve just been re-reading Amiscellany , the punningly-titled memoir by the broadcaster, administrator and critic John Amis which was published in 1985. I know John a little – one of life’s enhancers, he will celebrate his 90th birthday next year – and it has been rewarding revisiting his multi-layered, meandering career. He seems to have known and befriended every important figure in the classical music world from the early ‘40s onwards.

Arkivmusic.eu – a wealth of great recordings
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Celebrate the European launch of Arkivmusic

To mark the European launch on Septemeber 1 of the highly-respected and much-visited US website Arkivmusic, Gramophone is teaming up with Arkivmusic.eu to offer its readers a discount on all CDs and DVDs. And to make your choice even easier, we're giving you a preview of The Gramophone Classical Music Guide 2012 's guide to the essential recordings in up-to-date recommendations. Simply register and you will receive a 10 per cent discount on your first purchases from Arkivmusic.eu.

Beyond Beethoven – Philip Clark talks to Riccardo Chailly in October's issue
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Ludwig van – Beethoven's legacy 200 years on…

In the October issue of Gramophone , Philip Clark interviews Riccardo Chailly about the Beethoven symphonies to coincide with the Italian maestro's first recorded cycle, for Decca; here Philip explores how Beethoven has freed, intimidated, or simply infuriated, composers who followed...

Richard Blackford: has composed Not in our Time for the 9/11 anniversary
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Music for 9/11

Anniversaries are increasingly the very stuff of contemporary artistic programming. As we reel from the double Mahler anniversary – the 150th anniversary of his birth with the centenary of his death hot on its heels – an anniversary of far greater political significance looms on the horizon. It is a cliché to say it, but September 11, 2001, changed the world. None of what has happened since should detract from our ability to reflect upon the brutality and inhumanity inherent in what occurred on 9/11, nor upon our own recollections of the shock of the day itself.

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