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The Sound of the Hound is a podcast series about the people and the technology that brought recorded music to the masses in Victorian London and beyond. In it, journalist and author James Hall and music industry executive Dave Holley chronicle the adventures of the early sound pioneers as they risked life and limb to capture sound and launch the music business as we know it today. In particular, the series focuses on a genius called Fred Gaisberg. The world’s first A&R man, Fred was a ni ...
 
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The pianist Frank Dupree’s new album for Capriccio is his third devoted to the music of Kapustin: his previous concerto album, which included the Fourth Piano Concerto, made it to the short list in the Concerto category for last year’s Gramophone Classical Music Awards, and this new release, as well as containing the Fifth Piano Concerto, also incl…
 
The first wave of independent record labels were primed to take advantage of the recording phenomenon after Gennett Records successfully sued the Victor corporation in 1921 which along with Columbia had been fiercely guarding the technology through patent laws, but the ensuing court victory removed Victor’s rights to exclusivity over the method of …
 
The title of “The King Of Jazz” which Whiteman was billed as seems somewhat politically incorrect these days, but in the 1920s he dominated the scene and hired the best White hot musicians Whiteman and his Orchestra were the most popular band of the 1920s and represented the apex of jazz to the general public. Over the years, critics and some music…
 
Chandos was named Gramophone’s Label of the Year at the 2022 Gramophone Classical Music Awards last October – a perfect excuse for a series of podcasts focusing on some of the label’s key artists and the people who steer and shape the label. The conductor John Wilson, whose recordings feature regularly in Gramophone's monthly Editor's Choice listin…
 
Rosalind Ventris's new album for Delphian, 'SOLA', finds her in the company of both contemporary and 20th century women composers who wrote solo repertoire for the viola. An album like this, showcasing works for solo viola written by women, is the first of its kind, taking us through the folk landscapes of Amanda Feery and Sally Beamish to Elisabet…
 
When Emilio De Gogorza first records appeared early in the 20th century the phonograph was still a crude toy scarcely suited to capture high art ... many of De Gogorza's first efforts and of contemporary De Bassini did not appear under their real names ... but rather an imaginative array of pseudonyms .. and this was the beginning of a wide spread …
 
Today Annette Hanshaw has a bit of a cult following in England but is unremembered in her native America. Her recordings reveal the swinging syncopations of the jazz age performed by some of the greatest musicians who ever lived. They also provide the roots of the big band sound which will be developed by the musicians on these recordings. And prov…
 
Both Herbert Berliner and Romeo Beaudry wanted to increase the Canadian and francophone presence in a market that until then had been monopolized by American firms. While Berliner created the francophone series for His Master's Voice Beaudry successively introduced the Starr series that presented thousands of recordings of popular French-speaking a…
 
Today's Gramophone Podcast takes us through the world of Stephen Sondheim in the company of Edward Seckerson and Sarah Kirkup. Exploring the power of newer musicals and how to be a successful musical theatre writer, the contemporary world of musical theatre comes alive through discussions, stories and musical excerpts, including Wicked, SIX and The…
 
A stylus or plural styli or styluses or maybe just needles ... Antique phonograph needles come in many types and sizes and can be considered the secret weapon to making lovely music on these treasured players. Which specific ones you choose can depend on the period that your phonograph was made in and the type that it is, but their low costs makes …
 
It takes 20 years to make an overnight success..... No other entertainer proved successful in as many fields as Eddie Cantor during the 1920s and '30s. Nicknamed "Banjo Eyes" and "the Apostle of Pep" for his endless reserves of energy and showmanship he began his career touring in vaudeville, was promoted to the more legitimate theater of Ziegfeld'…
 
In this special in-depth exploration of the music of Handel, Richard Wigmore, Gramophone writer and Handel expert, talks to Editor Martin Cullingford about the composer, one of the most dominant cultural figures of 18th-century London life. From his early years in Germany and Italy, to his success in London with both opera and, later, oratorios, we…
 
The human voice has an amazing power — to communicate, to thrill, to inspire. And Portia White had one heck of a voice. As the first Black Canadian singer to reach world-renowned status, the Truro nova scotia native became one of the most inspirational women in Canada’s history but it wasn't easy. she said “First you dream,” “and then you lace up y…
 
The odds against success were tremendous. , the American music business was fiercely competitive in 1924. Lombardo's band didn't even have a distinctive style. Its earliest recordings - made four months after the departure from London Ontario - reveal a competent but unremarkable jazz group with none of the traces of the famed Lombardo sound. As th…
 
A nearly deaf man who birthed the recorded-music industry is just one of the extraordinary contradictions that define Thomas Edison, whose reputation has tended to vary wildly. he was a genius or a thief, a hero of American capitalism or a monster of greed, history’s greatest inventor or a just hall-of-famer And not only did he have bad hearing, bu…
 
Chandos was named Gramophone’s Label of the Year at the 2022 Gramophone Classical Music Awards in October – a perfect excuse for a series of podcasts focusing on some of the label’s key artists and the people who steer and shape the label. In this third podcast, James Jolly met up with Chandos's Managing Director, Ralph Couzens, and the producer Br…
 
Earl Okin's Gramophone Show No.165. To listen or download, click HERE... (1) O Sole Mio – Di Capua/Capurro. FERNANDO DE LUCIA. (2) The Man Who Sells Insurance – Curtis/Crumit. FRANK CRUMIT. (3) Mississippi Mud – Barris. THE RHYTHM BOYS. (4) LA TRAVIATA – Verdi. Ah! Fors'E Lui. SELMA KURZ. (5) GENEVIEVE DE BRABANT – Offenbach. Gendarme Duet. MALCOLM…
 
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College, Cambridge is one of the world's most famous choral occasions. Taking place on Christmas Eve in the iconic chapel, the reflective, moving and ultimately joyful journey through music and scripture is broadcast annually to millions. For this special edition of the Gramophone Podcast, Editor Ma…
 
As is traditional, Gramophone's reviewers have named their favourite recordings of the year (in the December issue and online). Now Gramophone's Editor, Martin Cullingford, Reviews Editor, Tim Parry, and Editor-in-Chief, James Jolly, each nominate three albums that they've enjoyed over the past 12 months.…
 
Christmas has long inspired composers to write works of great beauty, reflectiveness and drama, and the new album from acclaimed choir Tenebrae explores a diverse and wonderful range of them. Placing Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols at its heart, 'In Winter's House' begins its journey in Advent, embracing composers including Bob Chilcott, Jo…
 
The pianist Mark Bebbington continues his invaluable service to British music with a new album for Resonus that gathers together four rarities from Vaughan Williams's output, ranging from the Piano Quintet of 1903 to the Fantasia on the 'Old 104th' Psalm Tune of 1949. Joined by members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for three of the works, and…
 
Chandos was named Gramophone’s Label of the Year at the 2022 Gramophone Classical Music Awards in October – a perfect excuse for a series of podcasts focusing on some of the label’s key artists. The violinist Tasmin Little was central to the Chandos roster from 2009 until her retirement two years ago. James Jolly caught up with her to reflect on th…
 
The National Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Gianandrea Noseda are marking the centenary of American composer George Walker by recording his five Sinfonias. Nos 1 and 4 have already been made available on streaming services, and to learn more about Walker and his music, Gramophone's Editor Martin Cullingford met up with Noseda during a re…
 
Welcome to a brand new special annual episode! This special is our own personal take on The Grammys, where we cover what popped up in our Spotify Wrapped this year and give out the awards we feel are appropriate! We hope you enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed recording so far this year. Check out our website and visit any of our social media pages…
 
Michael Spyres has won three Gramophone Awards: Opera and Recording of the Year in 2018 for Berlioz's Les troyens, and Voice and Ensemble in 2022 for 'Baritenor', an album that reveals his remarkable vocal range. Now, again for Erato and in the company of his Trojans conductor, John Nelson, he has recorded Les nuits d'été – but in the original keys…
 
Earl Okin's Gramophone Show No.164. To listen or download, please click HERE... (1) RIGOLETTO – Verdi. Bella Figlia Dell'Amore. LUISA TETRAZZINI,ENRICO CARUSO, PASQUALE AMATO, JOSEPHINE JACOBY. (2) Blues In The Night – Arlen/Mercer. LARRY ADLER (with JOHN KIRBY). (3) The Taximeter Song - . BILLY WILLIAMS. (4) Lilacs – Rachmaninov. NINA KOSHETZ. (5)…
 
Ruby Hughes's new album for BIS, 'Echo', finds her in the company of Huw Watkins, as both pianist and composer. His song cycle, Echo, written for Ruby, and commissioned by Carnegie Hall, sits at the programme's centre and is flanked by a sequence of short pieces by Bach (both sung and for solo piano), a handful of folksongs and three works by three…
 
Welcome back! Another great conversational one this week! Join us as we discuss our picks for some "Music that belongs in a museum", how we do in "Heardle" as this week's competition, what we listened to this week in "Discover Weekly", and what Outrageous Opinions we have of music in "Controversial Opinion". Check out our website and visit any of o…
 
Chandos was named Gramophone’s Label of the Year at the 2022 Gramophone Classical Music Awards last month – a perfect excuse for a series of podcasts focusing on some of the label’s key artists. And the pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet would certainly count as one, with complete cycles of the Beethoven piano sonatas and concertos, the piano works of De…
 
Welcome back! A longer but just as passionate one this week to celebrate 20 total episodes! Join us as we discuss our opinions of Joji- Smithereens in "Album Deep Dive", what song we each chose to represent this year's music in "Aux Battle" as this week's competition, what we listened to this week in "Discover Weekly", and an interesting thought pl…
 
The violinist and cellist have recorded Brahms’s Double Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Manfred Honeck, plus Clara Schumann's Piano Trio in G minor for which they are joined by Lambert Orkis at the piano. Gramophone's Editor Martin Cullingford caught up with them to discuss their collaboration on this new album, released today on …
 
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