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Gramophone has been the world’s leading authority on classical music since 1923. With 13 issues a year every edition will enrich your classical music knowledge with in-depth interviews and features about composers past and present, plus established and new artists from across the globe. Each issue includes over 100 reviews of the latest CDs, downloads, DVDs and books all written by our globally acclaimed panel of expert critics. Gramophone is the magazine for the classical collector, as well for the enthusiast starting a voyage of discovery. 

The trial issue features an in-depth retrospective on Schubert’s Winterreise, with input from some of the leading performers of the song cycle, including Jonas Kauffman, Ian Bostridge, Gerald Finley and Brigitte Fassbaender. 

It also includes an interview with the San Francisco Symphony’s conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas; the New York Philharmonic’s Music Director, Alan Gilbert, discusses Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony; plus we look back at the remarkable career of American soprano Leontyne Price. 

Also featured in the trial issue: we analyse the breakthrough works of John Adams, we reconsider Sir Thomas Beecham’s classic recording of Puccini’s La bohème, and we recommend the very best recordings of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2.

Please note: This is the North American edition of Gramophone. It includes all the pages of the UK edition and also a specialised 16 page supplement each issue, “Sounds of America”. This details the most exciting musical developments across North America as well as reviewing the most interesting specialist American releases.

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This month's cover artist is the conductor Joana Mallwitz, someone who has already attracted a lot of attention as the chief conductor and artistic director of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and who tells us about her first album for DG, the two symphonies by Kurt Weill. We also celebrate the 150th anniversary of the American composer Charles Ives, and recommend a range of works to investigate. As the conductor Leonard Slatkin turns 80, we talk to him about his past achievements and future plans. Elsewhere in the issue, in Icons, we profile the English clarinettist Thea King, who was renowned for championing the 19th-century repertoire of her instrument. In Classics Reconsidered, we reassess Charles Mackerras’s 1966 recording of Handel’s Messiah, a pioneering account. Our Collection this month traces the history on record of the most lyrically sublime of Beethoven’s late piano sonatas, Op 110, and recommends some essential listening. The Contemporary Composer focus introduces the wide-ranging work of the British composer Robert Saxton and suggest entry points for exploring his music, while in Musician & the Score Manfred Honeck talks about his approach to conducting Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony. Finally, in My Music, we meet classicist Mary Beard to find out about the place of classical music in her life. Plus, as always, our world-leading critics review the latest classical music releases on CD, DVD and download – with the best being crowned ‘Editor’s Choice’.

Subjects: Classical, Culture, Music, Opera

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  • First Issue: April 1923
  • Latest Issue: August 2024
  • Issue Count: 1,279
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-531X