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International Record Review

Discussion in 'classical' started by ciderglider, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. ciderglider

    ciderglider pfm Member

    The company that publishes International Record Review has been declared insolvent; its sole director died recently. So the future of the magazine is in doubt, which is a great shame. I may have to return, tail between my legs, to Gramophone.
  2. herb

    herb music live

    That seems to have been an interesting magazine, I had not heard of it - was it London biased?.

    I recently made a choice, whether to subscribe to Gramophone or the 'BBC' Music magazine. It was not easy but I went for Music, keeping a lookout for any interesting articles in Gramophone at the newsagent.

    A Music article about Einojuhani Rautavaara caught my imagination and I have been playing a LOT of his music recently, quite a discovery for me. So Music seems to be doing its job, I like it.
  3. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    I never read the magazine, but heard the news on the Radio 3 forum.

    Gramopnone is a shadow of itself, and I only buy the BBC magazine if the cover disk is of interest. I guess it's hard to make money with a specialist music magazine.
  4. ciderglider

    ciderglider pfm Member

    Yes, IRR is/was London b(i)ased. It was set up around the time Gramophone was bought by the Haymarket Group, to provide a magazine that focused on reviews. I can't disagree that Gramophone is shadow of its former self, but it has improved since Haymarket quit the scene. It's now owned by the Mark Allen group, which also owns Jazzwise and Songlines. And Wiltshire Life!
  5. herb

    herb music live

    I bought the April issue of Gramophone this morning after looking at it in WHS - 50 years of Minimalism, Boulez, Summer Festivals, festival recordings, George Szell, Hugh Wood, and some High Fidelity reviews - an interesting month.
  6. Graham H

    Graham H pfm Member

    Herb - "50 years of Minimalism" - still trying to decide whether that is an oxymoron. Know what I mean?

    Maybe there is hope for Gramophone given the circumstances. Pity IRR is insolvent.
  7. herb

    herb music live

    Yes Graham, I found the Minimalism article, written by Philip Clark, very interesting. There was much talk of Andy Warhol, Reich's It's Gonna Rain and Riley's In C.

    I'm glad he had a go at Howard Goodall's modernism bad, minimalism good attitude - a common attitude that I hope will fade.

    I played some of the Reich Phases box, then bounced to a big chunk of the Stockhausen Hymnen box. Both were really enjoyable.

    Gramophone is good this month.
  8. Graham H

    Graham H pfm Member

    I'll make sure I obtain a copy. Sounds interesting. Been listening to quite a bit of Riley rcently - Poppy NoGood/All Night Flight and also the enchanting Persian Surgery Dervishes.
  9. ciderglider

    ciderglider pfm Member

    Yes, the minimalism article is interesting. I don't know what is more disheartening, the recent works of Philip Glass, or the uninspired folk who followed, like Michael Torke.

    The Boulez article was less interesting, very uncritical.
  10. binsey

    binsey pfm Member

    Any updates on the future of this magazine?

  11. ciderglider

    ciderglider pfm Member

    Shortly after the magazine's closure was announced I did read somewhere that a "download only" version of the magazine was being considered, but I've heard nothing about this since.
  12. lennyw

    lennyw Still throwing Eephus pitches

    ICRC/CRC/CRQ have also closed which is a great shame as this was a wonderful publication:

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