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GRAMOPHONE is published by Haymarket Consumer, Teddington Studios, Broom Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 9BE, United Kingdom. www.gramophone.co.uk email gramophone@haymarket.com Volume 89 Number 1083 EDITORIAL Phone 020 8267 5136 Fax 020 8267 5844 email gramophone@haymarket.com EDITOR Martin Cullingford DEPUTY EDITOR Sarah Kirkup / 020 8267 5829 REVIEWS EDITORS Andrew Mellor / 020 8267 5125 James McCarthy / 020 8267 5954 PRODUCTION EDITOR Antony Craig / 020 8267 5874 STAFF WRITER Charlotte Smith / 020 8267 5155 SUB EDITOR David Threasher / 020 8267 5135 ART EDITOR Jon Butterworth / 020 8267 5091 AUDIO EDITOR Andrew Everard / 020 8267 5029 PICTURE EDITOR Sunita Sharma-Gibson / 020 8267 5861 EDITORIAL AND PUBLISHING COORDINATOR Sue McWilliams / 020 8267 5136 GRAMOPHONE SECRETARY Libby McPhee LIBRARIAN Francesco Burns EDITOR IN CHIEF James Jolly THANKS TO Hannah Nepil and Emma Baker

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THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORS

Founded in 1923 by Sir Compton Mackenzie and Christopher Stone as ‘an organ of candid opinion for the numerous possessors of gramophones’

Welcoming the first 50 into Gramophone’s Hall of Fame ‘I’ve been an admirer of Yevgeny Sudbin since he came on the scene,’ says Gramophone critic GEOFFREY NORRIS, author of this month’s Session Report, which sees the pianist record Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody. ‘He’s extremely intelligent, always with strong ideas, and can convey them in a very lucid and interesting way.’

For the Gramophone reader, it’s a hypothetical question of course, but still one worth asking: why do we need another recording of a Mozart piano concerto, or Beethoven symphony, or Tosca – or any of the works recorded so many times that you could fill a shelf with one of them alone? The answer is, simply, that music is inexhaustible and infinitely complex; that each new performance has the potential to reveal new ideas, beauty

STEPHEN PLAISTOW’s first encounter with Richard Goode was in the mid-1960s when he worked as producer on the pianist’s recording: ‘His playing carried a quicksilver musical charge.’ When they next met in the 1990s, Gramophone was writing an article about him: ‘Talking with him, you take away insights that fuel your thoughts.’

‘To say that Beethoven remains perpetually contemporary has become a rhetorical cliché,’ says this month’s Specialist Guide author PHILIP CLARK. ‘But that musicians continue to recompose, improvise upon and create trippy pieces of electronica out of his works assures me that he is indeed still at the vanguard of modern composition.’

electronica of pieces trippy create and power, and that no single one can ever claim to be definitive. And what makes each recording different from the next? It’s the expertise, insight, understanding, musicianship and vision of the people involved, and perhaps something of the period in which it was recorded. Every generation, since the first wax cylinders were pressed more than a century ago, has had its inspirational recording artists – as well as A&R executives and producers, without whom the artists would not have made it into the studio, let alone on to tape. It is these people we are here celebrating as we unveil the first 50 names to be welcomed into the Gramophone Hall of Fame. It is thanks to them that a new interpretation of an oft-recorded work

‘Music is inexhaustible and infinitely complex…Each new performance can potentially reveal new ideas, so no single one can ever claim to be definitive’

can compel us to admire the music anew and more than justify that ever-expanding catalogue. We originally drew up a longlist (we didn’t include composers, unless they happened to be prolific recording artists, too) and then invited you, our readers – both in print and online – to nominate up to eight names each. Some of the names to have made the final 50 you would expect to see there – Karajan, Callas, du Pré, Kleiber, Pavarotti – others may be more of a surprise. For each one we’ve then invited another leading musician, or in some cases one of our critics,

to comment on how that person’s art and legacy –

or ongoing work –

to comment on how that person’s art and legacy – or ongoing work – is so important to us.

is so important to us.

And this is just the beginning: every year, we will admit another group of people into

And this is just the beginning: every year, we will admit another group of people into the the Gramophone Hall of Fame; between now and the end of the year, feel free to send us your suggestions of who should be on next year’s longlist.

FOR THE FULL LIST OF GRAMOPHONE REVIEWERS TURN TO PAGE 71

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