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Birgit Nilsson at 100

Birgit Nilsson at 100

As we celebrate Birgit Nilsson’s centenary in 2018, Mike Ashman explores the great Swedish soprano’s legacy through the memories and accounts of her friends and colleagues
High-resolution audio: a beginner's guide

High-resolution audio: a beginner's guide

With music now available in an ever-wider range of formats, many of them in files much larger than standard CD quality, Andrew Everard asks ‘What are the advantages? And why do you need them?’

Video of the day: Vivaldi and Piazzolla – 'Tango Seasons'

Capella Gabetta contrast works by Vivaldi and Piazzolla at the 2018 Gstaad Menuhin Festival

Classics reconsidered: does Claudio Abbado's recording of Simon Boccanegra deserve its 'classic' status?

Hugo Shirley and Richard Fairman revisit Abbado’s 1977 La Scala recording of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, only to confirm its classic status
Icon: Giuseppe Sinopoli

Icon: Giuseppe Sinopoli

Gavin Dixon pays tribute to the short-lived Italian conductor and polymath whose life and work were full of surprises and whose controversial interpretations often divided opinion

Video of the day: The King's Singers appear on the Tiny Desk Concert series

The King's Singers bring their special brand of close harmony singing to NPR's office
After Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6 - what next?

After Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6 - what next?

Do you have a favourite piece of classical music and want to explore further? Our monthly feature suggests some musical journeys that venture beyond the most familiar works, with some recommended versions
Orchestra insight: Academy of Ancient Music

Orchestra insight: Academy of Ancient Music

Andrew Mellor profiles Britain’s first full-scale orchestra playing on period-specific instruments, which has made more than 300 recordings
What is a Prelude?

What is a Prelude?

Tim Parry continues our new series outlining a definition and brief history of different musical forms
Introducing Gramophone's August 2018 issue

Introducing Gramophone's August 2018 issue

Bernstein – a centenary celebration

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