Gramophone

Archived since April 1923 Complete Archive Monthly
1,276 issues
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.

Latest issue
Gramophone’s May 2024 cover features the South Korean pianist Yunchan Lim, who became an overnight sensation when he became the youngest winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2022. We also pay tribute to Maurizio Pollini, one of the finest pianists of the past half century. Elsewhere in the issue we talk to Paul McCreesh, who has recorded Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius for Signum, and our annual Festival Guide brings you in-depth information about the best concerts and events this summer. In this month’s Icons, we explore the art and legacy of the great American pianist Leon Fleisher, while Classics Reconsidered discusses the 1974 Decca recording of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Karajan conducting an all-star cast including Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti. In the May issue’s Collection, Richard Wigmore introduces the recorded history of Haydn’s exuberant and infectious Symphony No 101 (‘Clock’), and recommends the best versions. Our Contemporary Composers feature explores the colourful and varied music of the Catalan composer Benet Casablancas and suggests some listening, while in Musician & the Score Michael Collins talks about recording Mozart’s joyous Haffner Symphony, No 35. Plus, in My Music, we talk to three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. Finally, as always, our expert critics review the latest album releases, with the best being named Editor’s Choices.

Subjects: Classical, Culture, Music, Opera

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  • First Issue: April 1923
  • Latest Issue: May 2024
  • Issue Count: 1,276
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-531X