Academic journal article Notes

Gramofile

Academic journal article Notes

Gramofile

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Gramofile. Gramophone. http://www .gramophone.co.uk/cdreviews.asp (Accessed June 2007) [Requires a Web browser and an Internet connection.]

Gramofile is the online database of the magazine Gramophone, one of the oldest and most respected sources for reviews, and claims to offer access to over 30,000 reviews. Approximately 100 reviews are added each month. After registration, Gramofile is available by logging in with e-mail address and password. Searching is possible by Composer, Recording Name/Title Of Work, Artist, Group, Conductor, Company/ Label, Keyword, and Format (limited to CD and DVD), or any combination thereof; to find a specific recording, search boxes are also provided for Catalogue Number and Barcode. On the help page, users are advised that Boolean operators do not work with this search engine. Despite this drawback, the number of searching options generally produces satisfactory results.

Each review gives full details of the works and performers on the recording, the reviewer's name, and the month and year when it originally appeared in the magazine. Recordings that have now been deleted are helpfully identified as such in the results list. Although no time frame is provided for the Web site, it appears to encompass most of the compact disc era: the earliest review I could find, a recording by Gothic Voices and Christopher Page of works by Machaut (Hyperion CDA 66087), is dated January 1984. …

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