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Re: Gramophone has been sold?
To me, this just seems to be a follow-on to what happened to the big record companies... I was lucky enough to work for RCA Records Red Seal Department, but was based in London where I worked setting up the new recordings made by RCA New York there, with a host of wonderful, many now legendary artists, such as Artur Rubinstein, Leontyne Price, Julian Bream (to pick a few at random). In those days, in the 1960s and 70s, there were other magazines like Music and Musicians and Records and Recordings (both rather "trendier" than The Gramophone) and their editors would regularly pop into our offices for news and a chat (probably a cup of coffee as well). RCA would host receptions (many of which I organised at elegant West End venues - not just the Penthouse at RCA House!) which were attended by respected critics that we met most evenings at the Royal Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, etc. such as Alan Blyth, Edward Greenfield, Gillian Widdecombe and for a more radical approach to reviewing, Dominic Gill and his contemporaries, as well as the editors of music and record magazines.
Their views and comments were respected and debated.
The big record companies have been sold - many of the back catalogues seem to have faded from the radar of the present owners , I hear the same stories from people who worked at other big record companies in London during that time.
The Gramophone with its change of style to "Classic FM" from serious and sometimes, hard hitting reviewing,is, sadly, par for the course. Classic FM magazine has closed down and the new model Gramophone may soon follow - unless, perhaps, the new owners have a change of direction and take it back (or forwards) to being a more serious critical journal. But, and this is a big but, if reader numbers (and the corresponding income) is down, and the journalistic content panders less to the whims of the big record companies with their penchant for making a quick buck out of new artists, does The Gramophone have a viable financial future ?
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