Gramophone digitises archives

Haymarket’s Gramophone plans to make every word it has printed in 85 years available free via a website that will also provide classical music downloads.

Gramophone, which has been published monthly since 1923, is to put 100,000 reviews, articles and interviews online in early August.

Then in January 2009, the fully searchable archive will be linked to a music download and mail order service as well as an online box office for live concert and opera tickets.

James Jolly, Gramophone editor in chief, said the archive will include “some amazing contributions, such as Rachmaninov on the state of piano playing when he was around.”

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