The Hall Of Fame

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The Hall Of Fame

Hello all,

 

I am pretty new here, and maybe it's not very courteous of me to immediately start suggesting improvements to the website, but I do have a burning suggestion.

I think the Hall Of Fame is a great tool for young and/or inexperienced people (like me, I'm 26 and relatively new to the notion of seeking out certain recordings and performers as opposed to just listening to classical radio) to find out more about the leading conductors, singers and musicians of current times and past decades. However, going through the different performers, I noticed that some biographies were a bit lacking. For instance, the piece on Kiri Te Kanawa consists of only two sentences that don't really say much about her as a spectacular performer. It does provide two recommended recordings, a review of one of those recordings and a Youtube video with Te Kanawa performing though, which in my view is very useful.

Other bios are more extensive, but it might be an idea to expand the very short articles like the one I mentioned. That way, people like me can learn more and will stay at the website longer (generating more clicks) because all the information we are interested in is in one place, and I also feel that a Hall Of Fame should honour the inductees by at least saying something of importance (or stating the reasons a performer was inducted in the first place). I hope I'm not being too forward by bringing up this point of critique, but I thought I'd put it out there.

 

Regards,

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." -Victor Hugo

Welcome to the forum Strider.

Welcome to the forum Strider.  A good suggestion for a first post.  The magazine and this forum have long been an invaluable learning resource and listening guide for me.  Hope they are for you too, and that you regularly share your discoveries here.

Hi Strider, I'd never really

Hi Strider, I'd never really looked at the Hall of Fame before but you are right, the bio is fairly lacking. It is unlikely that Gramophone will deem it necessary to go into more detail.

I find that reading the magazine over several months is a great way to learn about the key performers and recorded artists. See the article on the conductor Giulini in June's issue as an example. You get a great potted history of his career and an attempt to get to the heart of what made him great, with a recommended recording at the end.

The Presto Classical website is also useful. If you do a look up by artist you get a fair amount of bio followed by pretty much everything they have recorded, often with critics' comments. 

I hope you enjoy your journey for it is a fascinating one. I consider myself still young(ish) at 43 and there is so much music to go at! 

Regards, Graham

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