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Saturday 2009-02-21

gramophone

Gramophone, which calls itself "the world's greatest classical music magazine" and can probably make a decent argument in support of that claim, has put a complete archive of its past issues on the web. For everyone. For free.

How, you might ask, will they now persuade anyone to subscribe to their magazine?

The trick may be that their archive is produced by means of OCR software, with the result that what's actually on the web is perhaps better described not as "a complete archive of their past issues" but as "a surrealist composition loosely based on a complete archive of their past issues". Maybe it'll get better; they have a handy button next to each paragraph to let you report errors. Too bad that most paragraphs have errors, often several of them, and that the most entertaining errors are ones where two different articles have been randomly interleaved.

Anyway, good stuff. Here's a random snippet that tickled my fancy, from a review of a recording of the Goldberg Variations.

One recording, by an artist whom gallantry prevents me from naming, would have sent the Count to sleep from sheer boredom; he might well have taken refuge in sleep as a means of escape from another, by a player living further north.

(The story being alluded to here is probably false, but no matter.)