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How “Live” Classical Recordings Used to Be Labeled

I recently got the Sviatoslav Richter Complete Album Collection. (, Amazon UK) On 18 discs, this includes his recordings for Columbia Records, notably five recitals from Carnegie Hall in 1960. I find it quaint the way they labeled “live” performances back then: Recorded in Actual Performance. I guess this was to distinguish from a non-realistic […]

New Book: Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession by Ian Bostridge

Tenor Ian Bostridge has a new book out, Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession. (, Amazon UK; out now in the UK, out next month in the US) Here’s the publisher’s description: “Schubert’s Winterreise is at the same time one of the most powerful and one of the most enigmatic masterpieces in Western culture. […]

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