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For the fourth consecutive year, Gramophone has invited readers to vote for the performers,

producers, engineers and label executives who have shaped the classical music recording industry. In the following pages you can discover the 10 names we welcome into the

Gramophone Hall of Fame, joining an already illustrious list of members


MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS (b1944) Conductor Celebrating 20 years at the helm of the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas has held posts with the London Symphony Orchestra and founded the New World Symphony in Miami. He has recorded extensively for DG, RCA and the SFS’s own label. MEMBERS OF THE LSO


he LSO was always swashbuckling. And Michael helped us channel those energies! He saw the bigger picture – that people needed to work together more – and the LSO made some good decisions with him.’ (Andrew Marriner, clarinet.) ‘Many people talk about breaking down barriers between the listener and the performer and finding new avenues. But Michael has done it! He’s made it all happen. MTT is in his element sharing music with people.’ (David Alberman, second violin.) ‘How he communicates is amazing. At rehearsals he always says hello to everyone. And if you are a new face he always says: “Hello friend. What’s your name?” and finds out about them. That’s so refreshing.’ (Belinda McFarlane and Maxine Kwok‑Adams, violinists.) RECOMMENDED RECORDING Mahler Symphony No 6 San Francisco Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas SFS Media/Avie M b 821936 0001-2 (5/02)

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