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Insight and opinion from leading figures in classical music.

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Insight and opinion from leading figures in classical music.

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Terrible Sound

By joe419 - Oct 18 2019
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I appreciate the content but it sounds as if you are recording this show in a bathroom. I’d expect more care for recording these podcasts from a record review magazine.

iTunes Ratings

22 Ratings
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2

Terrible Sound

By joe419 - Oct 18 2019
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I appreciate the content but it sounds as if you are recording this show in a bathroom. I’d expect more care for recording these podcasts from a record review magazine.
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The Gramophone podcast

Latest release on Aug 06, 2020

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Insight and opinion from leading figures in classical music.

Rank #1: Julian Lloyd Webber and Renée Fleming: the Gramophone Podcast - January 2012

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Julian Lloyd Webber and Renée Fleming: the Gramophone Podcast - January 2012

Jan 16 2012

35mins

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Rank #2: Ida Haendel talks to Gramophone about Bach, Mozart and life in London

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The great violinist Ida Haendel talks to Martin Cullingford about Bach, Mozart and her links to London

Jul 02 2013

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Rank #3: Vasily Petrenko on conducting Elgar

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As Onyx releases a fourth album of music by Elgar with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko, including the vocal works Sea Pictures and The Music Makers, James Jolly met the Russian conductor.

Apr 24 2020

15mins

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Rank #4: Schubert's Winterreise: a Gramophone Milestones Podcast, with Gerald Finley and James Jolly

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James Schubert's Winterreise: a Gramophone Milestones Podcast, with Gerald Finley and James Jolly

Jan 27 2014

28mins

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Rank #5: Eric Whitacre, Alban Gerhardt and Tugan Sokhiev: the Gramophone Podcast, March 2012

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Eric Whitacre, Alban Gerhardt and Tugan Sokhiev: the Gramophone Podcast, March 2012

Mar 14 2012

17mins

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Rank #6: Liszt the pianist

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Dejan Lazic’s new disc for Onyx explores the genius of Liszt: he discuses the composer and virtuoso with Gramophone’s Editor Martin Cullingford

May 15 2017

22mins

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Rank #7: Fidelio, Werther and Die Meistersinger: Gramophone Awards 2012, Opera Category

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Fidelio, Werther and Die Meistersinger: Gramophone Awards 2012, Opera Category

Aug 21 2012

8mins

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Rank #8: Padmore, Williams and Keenlyside: Gramophone Awards 2012, Solo Vocal Category

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Padmore, Williams and Keenlyside: Gramophone Awards 2012, Solo Vocal Category

Aug 17 2012

9mins

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Rank #9: Igor Levit talks about recording Bach Partitas

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Pianist Igor Levit talks about recording Bach Partitas for Sony Classical

Oct 29 2014

9mins

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Rank #10: Richard Egarr talks about Bach's St John Passion

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Richard Egarr talks to Martin Cullingford about recording Bach's St John Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music on the ensemble's own label

Apr 14 2014

11mins

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Rank #11: Hilary Hahn on recording Bach

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Back in November we named Hilary Hahn’s new album of the solo violin music of Bach, on the Decca label, our Recording of the Month. For the latest Gramophone Podcast, Editor Martin Cullingford talked to her about her about very personal relationship with the composer’s music.

Feb 01 2019

24mins

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Rank #12: Hugo Wolf, Benjamin Britten and Richard Rodney Bennett - the 2011 Gramophone Classical Music Awards, solo vocal

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Hugo Wolf, Benjamin Britten and Richard Rodney Bennett - the 2011 Gramophone Classical Music Awards, solo vocal

Sep 01 2011

11mins

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Rank #13: Daniel Barenboim talks about recording Brahms

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Daniel Barenboim talks to James Jolly about recording the Brahms Piano Concertos with Gustavo Dudamel for DG. A Gramophone Milestones Podcast, in association with EFG International.

Aug 27 2015

13mins

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Rank #14: Jonas Kaufmann, Joyce DiDonato and Marie-Nicole Lemieux: the Recital category from the 2011 Gramophone Classical Music Awards

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Jonas Kaufmann, Joyce DiDonato and Marie-Nicole Lemieux: the Recital category from the 2011 Gramophone Classical Music Awards

Sep 01 2011

9mins

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Rank #15: Jonas Kaufmann on French repertoire

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The German tenor, Jonas Kaufmann, has just released a new French aria collection, ‘L’Opéra’ on Sony Classical. He was in London earlier this year to sing his first Otello, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Gramophone’s James Jolly went to talk to him about the recording.

Sep 29 2017

12mins

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Rank #16: Elgar's Cello Concerto: Julian Lloyd Webber

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Elgar's Cello Concerto was premiered 100 years ago today, and to mark the anniversary Julian Lloyd Webber joins Gramophone's Editor Martin Cullingford to explore the work, its performance and recording history, and to discuss why it still speaks so powerfully to audiences today. The podcast features excerpts from Julian Lloyd Webber's own recording of the work with Yehudi Menuhin, on the Philips label.

Oct 27 2019

27mins

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Rank #17: Benjamin Zander on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

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Benjamin Zander's latest recording is of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus on Brattle Media, and it’s one in which the conductor has sought to perform the work exactly as he believes the composer original intended. Zander talks to Editor Martin Cullingford about the recording, and also about the importance of reaching new audiences for classical music.

Jul 17 2018

24mins

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Rank #18: The Ondes Martenot

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Leading Ondes Martenot player Cynthia Millar talks about her extraordinary electronic instrument and its repertoire, from Messiaen to Adés

May 24 2017

18mins

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Rank #19: Joshua Bell talks about his new Bach recording

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Gramophone Editor Martin Cullingford in conversation with the violinist and Academy of St Martin in the Fields Music Director

Nov 10 2014

11mins

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Rank #20: Riccardo Chailly on La Scala and conducting opera

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Conductor Riccardo Chailly talks to James Jolly about La Scala and his return to opera. A Gramophone Milestones podcast, produced in association with EFG International.

Oct 14 2015

21mins

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Xuefei Yang on Sketches of China

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Editor Martin Cullingford talks to guitarist Xuefei Yang about her new album Sketches of China, a beautiful celebration of music from her homeland and featuring contemporary commissions and arrangements of ancient pieces. Featuring excerpts from the album, released by Decca Classics China.

Aug 06 2020

24mins

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Max Richter on Voices, his new album

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In the latest Gramophone podcast, Editor Martin Cullingford talks to Max Richter about the composer's new album Voices, a powerful and poetic musical response to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, released today on Decca Records. 

Jul 31 2020

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David Skinner on the music of John Sheppard

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In the latest Gramophone podcast, Editor Martin Cullingford is joined by conductor David Skinner to discuss the new release by Alamire of the music of John Sheppard. Based on new research, the Gramophone Award-Winning vocal ensemble have recorded a version of the Tudor composer's masterpiece Media vita in morte sumus which, they argue, is how it would have originally been heard. The recording - a digital EP - is available now on Inventa Records.

Jul 28 2020

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Orchestra of the Year 2020 – the nominees, Part 2

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Gramophone has been making an Orchestra of the Year Award since 2018 when it was given to the Seattle Symphony (last year the Award went to the Hong Kong Philharmonic). This year the voting is open and we offer ten ensembles for you to consider. Each has struck us for the dynamism, imagination and style of its collaborations with its conductors on record. This week Gramophone's Editor-in-Chief James Jolly is joined by Gramophone critic and broadcaster Rob Cowan to discuss the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lille.

Listen to each of the orchestra's exclusive playlist on Gramophone's curator page at Apple Music, as well as a dynamic playlist embracing all 10 ensembles (which is regularly updated). Then, when you are ready, head off to vote at gramophone.co.uk

Jul 24 2020

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Orchestra of the Year 2020 - the nominees, Part 1

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Gramophone has been making an Orchestra of the Year Award since 2018 when it was given to the Seattle Symphony (last year the Award went to the Hong Kong Philharmonic). This year the voting is open and we offer ten ensembles for your to consider. Each has struck us for the dynamism, imagination and style of their collaborations with their conductors on record.

In this, the first of two podcasts, Gramophone's Editor-in-Chief James Jolly talks to Gramophone critic, Andrew Mellor, about five of the ensembles: the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo and MusicAeterna.

Jul 16 2020

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Barnaby Smith on Voces8's new album

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In this week's Gramophone Podcast, Editor Martin Cullingford speaks to the Artistic Director of Voces8 about their fascinating new album 'After Silence' - it's out on July 24, but several sections are already available to stream online - and about the forthcoming online choral festival from the Voces8 Foundation, Live from London, of which Gramophone is a media partner.

Jul 10 2020

21mins

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Inbal Segev and Marin Alsop on cello concertos by Anna Clyne and Edward Elgar

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The cellist Inbal Segev has just released an album of cello concertos by Anna Clyne, DANCE, and Sir Edward Elgar. Her partners on this Avie release are the London Philharmonic and Marin Alsop. James Jolly caught up with them – Inbal in New York and Marin in Baltimore – to talk about the album, how the Anna Clyne piece came about and what makes them fit so well together on the same album.

Jul 03 2020

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Exploring Beethoven's violin sonatas

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Beethoven's violin sonatas sit at the heart of the repertoire for violin and piano. As Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins embark on a complete cycle for Signum Classics - starting with Nos 1, 5 & 8 - they join Editor Martin Cullingford in this week's Gramophone Podcast to explore what the music means for performer and listener alike.

Jun 26 2020

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Stephen Johnson on Mahler's Symphony No 8

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The broadcaster, critic, composer and author Stephen Johnson has recently published a new study of Mahler's Symphony No 8 – The Eighth: Mahler and the World in 1910. James Jolly spoke to him about the book: why Mahler's Eighth and the extraordinary story of its 1910 Munich premiere.

The Eighth: Mahler and the World in 1910 is published by Faber & Faber (hardback: £18.99 & ebook: £14.99). The musical excerpts come from Lorin Maazel's third (!) recording of the work, one captured live with the Philharmonia Orchestra, five choruses and nine soloists, and available from Signum Classics.

Jun 19 2020

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Conductor Nicholas Collon on his new 'Music of the Spheres' album

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The conductor of Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon, talks to James Jolly about their brand-new DG release, 'Music of the Spheres'. It links themed-music that takes in Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, Thomas Adès's violin concerto, Concentric Paths (played by Pekka Kuusisto), a Dowland song arranged by Nico Muhly, 'Time stands still', Max Richter's Journey (CP1919) and David Bowie's song 'Life on Mars' (in an arrangement by John Barber and sung by Sam Swallow).

Jun 12 2020

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Robert Trevino on Beethoven Symphonies

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This week's guest is the conductor Robert Trevino, who today has released a set of the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, on the Ondine label - recorded in order, over a two-week period. He tells Editor Martin Cullingford about his personal and musical approach to these iconic orchestral works.

Jun 05 2020

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Martin Fröst on Vivaldi for the clarinet

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Martin Fröst has just released a new album for Sony Classical entitled 'Vivaldi'. On it he plays a handful of Vivaldi 'clarinet concertos', works created with the assistance of the composer and arranger Andreas Tarkmann from arias drawn from the composers operas. James Jolly spoke to Fröst at his home in Stockholm about the project and the challenges of performing at an unusual pitch and working with the period-instrument ensemble Concerto Köln.

May 29 2020

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Sharon Isbin on recording new music for guitar

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Gramophone Editor Martin Cullingford is joined by guitarist Sharon Isbin to discuss her two new albums, both out today on Zoho. The first, Affinity, features four world premiere recordings by Chris Brubeck, Leo Brouwer, Tan dun, and Richard Danielpour. The second, Strings for Peace, offers a journey through the ragas and talas of North Indian classical music.

May 22 2020

28mins

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Gabriel Prokofiev on his Concerto for Turntables No 1

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Gabriel Prokofiev has just released a Signum Classics album of two of his concertos: his Concerto for Turntables No 1 and his Cello Concerto. James Jolly talked to the composer about the release and why the concerto as form appeals so strongly to him. The new recording features the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alexey Bogorad with Mr Switch on turntables and Boris Andrianov the cellist.

May 15 2020

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Paul McCreesh on Purcell's The Fairy Queen

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Purcell's The Fairy Queen, music originally written for an adaption of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, features music of delightful theatricality and some of the composer's most beautiful songs. Paul McCreesh, founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort and Players, has recorded the work for his latest release on the group's Winged Lion label. For this week's podcast the conductor joins Gramophone's Editor Martin Cullingford to discuss the work, and his approach to capturing and conveying its 17th-century spirit and splendour.

May 08 2020

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Natalya Romaniw and Lada Valešová on Slavic songs

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The Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw, who has received terrific reviews of her stage performances in the Russian operatic repertoire (particularly as Tchaikovsky's Tatyana in Eugene Onegin), releases her first solo album, for Orchid Classics. Joined by her teacher from the Guildhall School of Music, the pianist Lada Valešová, they present 'Arion: Voyage of a Slavic Soul', songs by three Russians – Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov – and three Czech composers – Dvořák, Janáček and Novák.

James Jolly, in Gloucestershire, caught up simultaneously with Natalya in Swansea and Lada in London to talk about the repertoire, the programme and how they started working together.

May 01 2020

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Vasily Petrenko on conducting Elgar

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As Onyx releases a fourth album of music by Elgar with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko, including the vocal works Sea Pictures and The Music Makers, James Jolly met the Russian conductor.

Apr 24 2020

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Sarah Traubel on Mozart's first Queen of the Night

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Sarah Traubel makes her recorded debut for Sony Classical with an album entitled 'Arias for Josepha', the soprano who created the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte ('The Magic Flute'). She's joined on the recording by the Prague Philharmonia conducted by Jochen Rieder and it's now available digitally.

In this latest Gramophone Podcast, Sarah Traubel talked to James Jolly about the programme and the various composers who write arias for Josepha, how she fills her time under lockdown and her two illustrious relatives.

Apr 17 2020

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Alexander Sitkovetsky and Wu Qian on Beethoven's piano trios

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The Sitkovetsky Trio – Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin), Wu Qian (piano) and Isang Enders (cello) – has launched a series for BIS focusing on Beethoven's music for piano trio and Vol 1 is just out. It contains Op 1 No 3 and Op 70 No 2 with the small B flat Trio, WoO39 tucked in between them. James Jolly caught up with husband-and-wife Alexander Sitkovetsky and Wu Qian to find out about how the Trio was formed, how they're approaching this Beethoven series and how they're filling their time now that they're under lockdown in their house in London.

Apr 10 2020

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Music for Tenebrae, with Julia Doyle and Grace Davidson

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Editor Martin Cullingford is joined by sopranos Julia Doyle and Grace Davidson to talk about their new recording of music for Tenebrae, Couperin's Leçons de Ténèbres and Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday. The album, featuring the choir Tenebrae under the direction of Nigel Short, is available now on Signum Classics.

Apr 03 2020

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Terrible Sound

By joe419 - Oct 18 2019
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I appreciate the content but it sounds as if you are recording this show in a bathroom. I’d expect more care for recording these podcasts from a record review magazine.