Gramophone (magazine)

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Gramophone is a magazine published monthly in London by Haymarket devoted to classical music and jazz, particularly recordings. It was founded in 1923 by the Scottish author Compton Mackenzie. The magazine presents the Gramophone Awards each year to the classical recordings which it considers the finest in a variety of categories.

In the title bar of its website, as of January 2007, Gramophone claims to be: "The world's best classical music magazine." This boast used to appear on the front cover of every issue, although recent editions have changed the wording to "The world's unrivalled authority on classical music since 1923." Its international readership appears to have been challenged by BBC Music Magazine.


Since 1925, the magazine also reviews jazz recordings and publishes The Gramophone Jazz Good CD Guide.


Gramophone is often the subject of criticism. The most common grounds for criticism are a perceived bias towards British composers and performers, an alleged preference for bland, middle-of-the-road performances, and its close commercial relationship with big recording companies such as EMI. Similar criticisms are also directed at the '''', which is written by a trio of longtime reviewers for ''Gramophone''. A separate strand of criticism, consistently voiced in the forum on its website, is that...
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