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‘Glad Tidings’ by William M Spittle (1858-1917)

The history of the traditional Christmas carol

Jeremy Nicholas reveals the intriguing history of the traditional Christmas carol and speaks to conductors, composers and clergy about why carols remain so popular
Christmas carols: a thriving tradition

Christmas carols: a thriving tradition

We live in a golden age of Christmas carol composition. Ivan Moody considers the challenges of writing new seasonal music and the ways in which they are met by today’s composers
Video: a portrait of Daniil Trifonov

Video: a portrait of Daniil Trifonov

A compelling extract from Christopher Nupen's profile of the young pianist
Critics' Choice 2017: the year's best-loved classical recordings

Critics' Choice 2017: the year's best-loved classical recordings

Our critics each choose a favourite recording from the past 12 months. If you’re after the perfect gift guide for Christmas, look no further!
Taking to the Mountains with music

Taking to the Mountains with music

A new film finds the Australian Chamber Orchestra adding musical magic to an exploration of mountains writes James Jolly
A Christmassy Collection of New Meanings for Old Words

A Christmassy Collection of New Meanings for Old Words

Tim Lihoreau offers up his unique definitions of a few long-neglected words. Surprisingly, many of them seem to relate to music and/or Christmas. Who would have thought?

Christmas gift guide 2017: indulgent classical box-sets

A well chosen box-set can greatly enhance even the most well-stocked record collection

Victor de Sabata: a maestro remembered

Richard Osborne pays tribute to the fine Italian conductor and composer notable for his interpretations of Romantic repertoire, who died half a century ago

Live stream: Dudamel conducts the 2017 Nobel Prize Concert

Friday, December 8 at 6:00 PM (GMT), and including Mozart's Symphony No 41 and Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra
The best DVDs & Blu-rays of 2017

The best DVDs & Blu-rays of 2017

Here is our Editor Martin Cullingford's pick of the finest DVD and Blu-ray releases, as reviewed in Gramophone this year

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