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From the humble iPod Shuffle to the latest iPhone, Apple has always been ahead of the game and made it its flagship. And this year marks 20 years since the release of the original iPod, we look back through the timeline from the very first release to the very latest.

On October 3, 2001, Steve Jobs hosted the first-ever party at Apple’s Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California. Compared to events hosted by Apple today, it was rather low key. He played the presentation to a small audience and six minutes later the screen came up with: “iPod” – and technology has changed forever.

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Apple wasn’t the original inventor of the MP3 player, but they certainly revolutionized it with the introduction of the iPod in 2001. The first iPod didn’t have fantastic storage or fancy features, but it contained 1 000 songs, which was unheard of. As technology evolved, Apple followed.

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They brought innovation to portable music devices, such as being one of the first to introduce front-facing cameras for FaceTime and App Store users, making the devices suitable for each person’s specific needs.

We walk through the iPod timeline from 2001 until today. Have you had any of these? Let us know in the comments.

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iPod Turns 20: A Visual History of Every Apple Music Device


  1. 2001: The iPod (first generation)



    The place where it all started. Apple Computer Inc. unveiled its newest portable music player to the world, the iPod MP3 Music Player on October 23, 2001 at an event in Cupertino, California. The revolutionary device could hold up to 1,000 songs in digital form, had a 5 GB hard drive and a FireWire port for synchronization.

    An updated second generation was released soon after with the s wheel.exhausted for the now classic touch wheel.


  2. 2003: The iPod (third generation)



    iPod.

    Apple’s first major iPod design change moved the touch control buttons to the top of the Click Wheel, which is widely associated with the best-selling product. Apple also launched the iTunes Music Store on April 28, 2003, an online music store that allows customers to find, purchase, and download music for 99 cents per song.


  3. 2004: The iPod Mini



    Apple iPod Mini at the Apple Computer Store in Soho.

    The smaller, sleeker iPod came in a range of colors but had less storage. This means you would have less to listen to, but you would definitely sound cool. More importantly, it was the first iPod model to introduce the Click Wheel, which would remain a staple of iPod design for the rest of the product’s history.


  4. 2004: The iPod (fourth generation)



    iPod.

    When you think of an iPod, this is probably the one. The classic white, gray click wheel. It later came out in black, followed by a later model iPod Photo with a color screen.

    In addition to its extensive music library, it could also hold up to 25,000 digital photos and display them on a color screen – all of which had never been seen before.


  5. 2005: The iPod Shuffle (first generation)



    iPod

    The original iPod Shuffle was marketed as the low cost, low budget version of the iPod. It had no screen and had a removable USB cap to download your songs with.


  6. 2005: The iPod Nano (first generation)



    The iPod Nano.

    It was small but mighty. The iPod Nano was only 0.3 inches thick, which made it incredibly thin in 2005 when it was released to the public. At first only available in black and white, they followed with a second generation model available in the colors popularized by the Mini.


  7. 2005: The iPod (fifth generation)



    iPod

    Video was first introduced, giving the new generation of iPods a larger case and screen. People could watch TV shows, music videos, and later, full movies on the iTunes Store.


  8. 2007: The iPod Touch (first generation)



    iPod

    Made available to the public just months after the release of the original iPhone, the iPod Touch offered a taste of the iPhone iOS experience for those who weren’t quite familiar with it yet. agreement with Apple’s cellular features.


  9. 2009: The iPod Nano (fifth generation)



    iPod

    The Nano has become an experiment for Apple and its products. They changed many factors including the squashed looking 3rd Gen Nano, the longer 4th Gen models and even added a video camera and speaker on the 5th Gen.


  10. 2009: The iPod Nano (sixth generation)



    Ipod nano.

    Similar to the iPod Nano with the clip. It was the first iPod Nano to include a multi-touch screen with video playback, speakers, and camera removed.


  11. 2010: The iPod Shuffle (fourth generation)



    iPod shuffle

    The fourth-generation iPod Shuffle is similar to its original screenless design. This model was smaller and was a clip-on device, meaning it could be completely hands-free. It came in a range of fun colors and more recently found a place on popular app TikTok showing teenagers wearing it as hair clips.


  12. 2012: iPod Touch (fourth and fifth generation)



    The slimmer design included a front-facing camera for the first time for FaceTime calls, as well as HD video recording and a retina display similar to the iPhone 4. It was available in black and white and pink.


  13. 2016: The iPod Touch (sixth generation)



    iPod

    The previous iPod touch changed the classic, glossy look that Apple was known for and replaced it with soft, brushed aluminum in bright colors.

    The iPod Touch (sixth generation) used similar designs but had a similar layout to the iPhone six released around the same time.

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How to listen to music on your Apple Watch https://mp3ar.com/how-to-listen-to-music-on-your-apple-watch/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 23:03:50 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/how-to-listen-to-music-on-your-apple-watch/ Listening to music from your Apple Watch is a convenient option whether or not your iPhone is close at hand. But how you listen to your favorite songs on your watch depends on your model and your operating system version. Any Apple Watch running watchOS 4.1 or later will allow you to listen to albums […]]]>

Listening to music from your Apple Watch is a convenient option whether or not your iPhone is close at hand. But how you listen to your favorite songs on your watch depends on your model and your operating system version. Any Apple Watch running watchOS 4.1 or later will allow you to listen to albums and playlists created on your iPhone. You can also listen to music streaming apps like Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio, as well as Apple Music (if you’re a subscriber).

If you have an Apple Watch Series 3 or newer, you can do all of the above, but also link to Apple Radio and any music you’ve synced through iCloud. You can also stream music directly from the cloud. Let’s take a look at the different ways to listen to music on your Apple Watch.


Update WatchOS

First, make sure your watch is running the latest operating system. Open the Watch app on your iPhone or the Settings app on your watch. Go to General> Software update. The app will tell you your software is up to date or prompt you to download and install the latest update.


Pair your watch

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Next, you will need to pair your watch with bluetooth headphones or a speaker. To do this, make sure your Bluetooth device is turned on and in pairing mode. On your Apple Watch, go to Settings> Bluetooth. Your Bluetooth device should be listed and go into pairing mode. Tap the device name. The status should then indicate that it is connected.


Add music

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With any Apple Watch, you can sync your albums and playlists with your watch. If you don’t have playlists, you can easily create them on your phone if you want. On your iPhone, go to Settings> Bluetooth and make sure bluetooth is turned on.

Open the Watch app on your iPhone, open the My watch section, then press Music. You can then activate Recent music to automatically add the music you have listened to recently. Then press Add music and locate any albums or playlists you want to add. Choose one and press the plus (+) at the top, then connect your watch to a charger and let the music sync.


Listen on your watch

Music in progress

Go to your watch and press the digital crown to access the Home screen. Open the Music app and browse thumbnails of albums and playlists. Press the Library input and browse all the playlists, artists, albums or songs that you have added to your watch.

Tap an entry you want to hear. You can play and pause music, skip to the next track, or go back to the previous track. Adjust the volume by turning the Digital Crown.

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You can also listen to music from your iPhone through your Apple Watch. In the Music app on your watch, swipe up until you see the screen that lists On iPhone, Now Playing, Radio, and Library. Faucet On iPhone, you can then browse all playable albums and songs on your iPhone.


Listen to Apple Radio

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With an Apple Watch Series 3 or later and watchOS 4.1 or later, you can listen to Apple Radio stations. From the Home screen, press the Apple Music icon. Scroll through the thumbnails of different stations or tap Apple Music 1 radio station to listen to the current live broadcast.

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Player personalized radio stations on Apple Radio, you will need to ask Siri for help. Play one on your watch saying “Hey Siri play my [station name] radio station. “Your watch will then play the station. Apple Music subscribers can take advantage of an entry called Stations, which will allow you to listen to different stations by genre.


Listen with Siri

siri music

In addition, Apple is now offering a special voice plan for $ 4.99 per month, accessible with iOS 15.2 or higher on your iPhone. With this plan, you have to use Siri to request songs and albums from Apple’s vast universe. Think of a favorite song, not one already in your own library.

Say “Hey Siri, play [name of song]”or” Hey Siri, play the album [name of album] through [name of artist]”or” Hey Siri, play [name of artist] music “or” Hey Siri, play [genre name]. “As long as this song is in Apple Music, Siri should respond to your request.

The music player appears on your watch so you can pause, play, and control the volume of the song. You can stop playback by saying “Hey Siri, stop the music”.


ICloud Music

icloud music

With an Apple Music subscription, you can choose to sync your music to iCloud and play it on an Apple Watch Series 3 or newer without having to sync them individually. To configure this, open Settings> Music on your phone and turn on ICloud Music Library. You are asked if you want to keep your music or delete and replace it. Your best bet is to choose Keep the music.

Alternatively, you can do it from iTunes. On a Windows PC, open iTunes and navigate to Preferences. In the General tab, check the ICloud Music Library option. Open the Music app on your watch and tap any of the categories to see all of your synced music.


Listen to Spotify

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Download the Spotify app and open it on your watch. With a free Spotify account, you will see a list of recently played music. Tap the playlist or station you want to listen to. On the player screen, you can then pause, skip to the next track, or go back to the previous track. You can also transmit sound through a specific Bluetooth device. With a paid Spotify Premium account, you can listen to any song in any order, listen offline, and avoid ads. To switch between the music list and the player screen, just swipe left or right.


Listen to Pandora

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To use the Pandora app on your Apple Watch, you will need a Watch Series 3 or newer with watchOS 6 or higher and an iPhone with iOS 13 or higher. Download the Pandora application via your iPhone or directly on your watch.

Listen to Pandora from your iPhone with your watch as a remote control, or listen to it from your watch. On the main screen, tap Play from and select look. Faucet Stations and select a station to start listening.

If you are a paid subscriber to Pandora Plus, Pandora Premium, or Pandora Premium Family, you can download music to your phone for offline listening. In the Watch app, tap the To download entry to access your downloaded music.


iHeartRadio

iheartradio

Download the IHeartRadio application on your phone or directly on your watch. Open the app on your watch and tap Recently played to listen to the music you have recently accessed. Press on Your library to view your stations, podcasts, and playlists. Select the song you want to listen to.


Other third-party applications

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Other audio apps that you can install and listen to on your watch include TuneIn Radio, FM radio, and Music television. However, some third-party apps have a downside. Some apps were designed primarily for iPhone and have little or no compatibility with Apple Watch and Bluetooth speakers or headphones.

Your only option in this case is to play the music through your iPhone (or connect your iPhone to a Bluetooth speaker as a gateway to your watch). So you always need your iPhone at hand to listen to the music offered by such applications.

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The iPod shuffle is therefore back on TikTok https://mp3ar.com/the-ipod-shuffle-is-therefore-back-on-tiktok/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 09:03:04 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/the-ipod-shuffle-is-therefore-back-on-tiktok/ If you think the trends on TikTok are on average getting your hands in your hair, then with the latest fad hitting the hottest social media of recent times, you might find literal proof. For a few weeks theipod shuffle, and precisely the fourth generation (launched in 2010 and withdrawn from the market in 2017), […]]]>

If you think the trends on TikTok are on average getting your hands in your hair, then with the latest fad hitting the hottest social media of recent times, you might find literal proof. For a few weeks theipod shuffle, and precisely the fourth generation (launched in 2010 and withdrawn from the market in 2017), has indeed conquered the ByteDance platform. More than an mp3 player, however, Apple’s music player was resurrected by Generation Z as hair clip, taking advantage of the clip that allows it to be easily attached to the pants and the minimalist and colorful design.


Starting from this first trend, iPod shuffle is experiencing a kind of “posthumous” second youth on TikTok, where there are many videos where younger users (i.e. the most populous target demographic on social networks) mark the gap with the generations by framing music players and asking what it is. And it’s not those who are lacking who, even in response to this wave of content, simply decide to recover by using it for its primary vocation, which is to listen to music.


As mentioned, iPod shuffle was taken off the market 5 years ago, in 2017. But it seems that even more time has passed: long before Apple ceased production and distribution, in fact, mp3 players in general, including iPod (which turned 20 in 2021), had lost their role, as we explained to you among other things in our special devoted to one of the most iconic products of the last decade.

This new and unexpected popularity on TikTok, given the average age of the most active users, can be odd. And yet, after all, it’s not such a strange phenomenon if you read it through the prism of technological nostalgia, which over the years has already produced market niches and return phenomena: think for example of the old ones. Game Boys and in general to the video game consoles of the past, and how around these objects there has been a whole commercial trend, ranging from their official replicas (like that of the first PlayStation and the Super Nintendo) to the cases of smartphones. Of course, the rhythms of technology have become more and more tense, those of nostalgia too: and a bit like the remakes of games released ten years ago, even finding the iPod shuffle associated with the hashtag #vintage makes us feel feel alone. older, faster.

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Practice: Victrola Revolution GO review https://mp3ar.com/practice-victrola-revolution-go-review/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 16:02:38 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/practice-victrola-revolution-go-review/ THE BEST OFFERS OF THE DAY Turntables are one of the least portable parts of a hi-fi system, many requiring a lot of cables, phono stages, and external speakers to function. This is not the case with the Victrola Revolution GO. The first fully portable turntable to hit the market, the Revolution GO was just […]]]>

Turntables are one of the least portable parts of a hi-fi system, many requiring a lot of cables, phono stages, and external speakers to function.

This is not the case with the Victrola Revolution GO. The first fully portable turntable to hit the market, the Revolution GO was just one of the new models Victrola showcased at CES 2022 – and its unique features, including a rechargeable battery, lightweight construction, and Bluetooth connectivity have set it apart. allowed to stand out among the crowd.

We’ve spent some time getting to know the Revolution GO, and so far we’re very impressed with the entry-level record player that lets you take your vinyl on the go.

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Want to get Lemmy’s bass sound? The new BP reveals everything … https://mp3ar.com/want-to-get-lemmys-bass-sound-the-new-bp-reveals-everything/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 15:35:20 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/want-to-get-lemmys-bass-sound-the-new-bp-reveals-everything/ Whatever you thought of Motörhead, you couldn’t deny the impact of their music, delivered by the truly iconic Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, who died in 2015 at the age of 70. Of course, a lot of people haven’t. like his songs, song or picture, come to this: Lemmy wasn’t exactly someone you could easily define or […]]]>

Whatever you thought of Motörhead, you couldn’t deny the impact of their music, delivered by the truly iconic Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, who died in 2015 at the age of 70. Of course, a lot of people haven’t. like his songs, song or picture, come to this: Lemmy wasn’t exactly someone you could easily define or ignore. As a bass player his tones and playing style were unorthodox to say the least, but they propelled him to a divine position in our world … even if his music wasn’t for you.

In this issue, we show you how to get those really deep sounds, take a look back at Lemmy’s chaotic life, and ask why he remains as popular in the afterlife as he was when he walked among us.


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Purdue graduate offensive lineman Tyler Witt declares himself for 2022 NFL draft https://mp3ar.com/purdue-graduate-offensive-lineman-tyler-witt-declares-himself-for-2022-nfl-draft/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 18:06:46 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/purdue-graduate-offensive-lineman-tyler-witt-declares-himself-for-2022-nfl-draft/ WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –Tyler Witt, a transfer graduate who joined Purdue after starting three straight seasons at Western Kentucky, has officially declared himself for the 2022 NFL Draft. Witt served on guard for the Boilermakers and came to the program to exhaust his final season of eligibility, an extra year given to college athletes due […]]]>

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –Tyler Witt, a transfer graduate who joined Purdue after starting three straight seasons at Western Kentucky, has officially declared himself for the 2022 NFL Draft.

Witt served on guard for the Boilermakers and came to the program to exhaust his final season of eligibility, an extra year given to college athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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WWE’s John Cena posts photo of West Ham player on Instagram https://mp3ar.com/wwes-john-cena-posts-photo-of-west-ham-player-on-instagram/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 05:45:00 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/wwes-john-cena-posts-photo-of-west-ham-player-on-instagram/ Photo by Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for JCPenney From Matt Damon to Katy Perry to Barack Obama, West Ham United has a number of celebrities who are big fans of the club, and WWE Superstar John Cena might just be the last name on the list. It all started after West Ham’s fantastic 4-1 […]]]>
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From Matt Damon to Katy Perry to Barack Obama, West Ham United has a number of celebrities who are big fans of the club, and WWE Superstar John Cena might just be the last name on the list.

It all started after West Ham’s fantastic 4-1 win over Watford in the Premier League a few days ago. Michail Antonio, as usual, was causing all kinds of trouble for the Hornets defense, especially Francisco Sierralta, who was facing the full force of the Irons forward.

At one point in the game Antonio tried to pass Watford center-half but he was held up. This, however, proved too much to deal with for Sierralta, who was wrestled on the ground in true WWE style.

This has now caught the attention of John Cena and he has shared photos of the incident on his Instagram.

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WWE star John Cena posts photo of Michail Antonio on Instagram

Right after West Ham’s victory over Watford, Antonio, in a now-deleted tweet, posted a video of the brawl, with John Cena’s entry music playing in the background.

He captioned his tweet, according to The Sun: “Sometimes you just have to run business… #YouCantSeeMe.”

Cena has now responded on Instagram – well, in his own way.

Irons supporters believe Cena is a West Ham fan

As you might expect, Cena’s latest Instagram activity got a lot of West Ham fans talking.

It’s not clear if the WWE superstar saw Antonio’s tweet before it was deleted, or if his last Instagram post is just something he came across the internet at random.

Either way, some West Ham supporters believe Cena is now a fan of the club and some of them are more than excited.

Here’s how some West Ham fans reacted on Twitter …

Here’s how a few West Ham fans reacted on Instagram:

brandon_reeves2000 commented under Cena’s post: “Cena is a Westham fan”

“John Cena at West Ham confirmed?” This_man2 joked.

damian.willard commented: “CMON YOU IRONS YES JOHN”

“We love you Cena,” sukhmansingh1984 wrote on Instagram.

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Portable audio players vs MP3 players: what’s the difference? https://mp3ar.com/portable-audio-players-vs-mp3-players-whats-the-difference/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 12:48:15 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/portable-audio-players-vs-mp3-players-whats-the-difference/ MP3 changed music. By reducing the size of music files without sacrificing sound quality too much, MP3 meant we could take our entire music collection with us or stream it instantly from the cloud. Almost all portable music players today are MP3 players, but chances are they won’t play MP3s. This is because audio technology […]]]>

MP3 changed music. By reducing the size of music files without sacrificing sound quality too much, MP3 meant we could take our entire music collection with us or stream it instantly from the cloud.

Almost all portable music players today are MP3 players, but chances are they won’t play MP3s.


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Ensemble Stars !! Music is now accepting pre-registrations for the first English version https://mp3ar.com/ensemble-stars-music-is-now-accepting-pre-registrations-for-the-first-english-version/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 17:46:01 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/ensemble-stars-music-is-now-accepting-pre-registrations-for-the-first-english-version/ Ensemble Stars !! Music fans outside of Asia finally have the chance to try this music-themed idol training mobile game. It now accepts pre-registration not only for the United States, but also for the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. There is no need to worry about getting lost in the translation since this is the […]]]>

Ensemble Stars !! Music fans outside of Asia finally have the chance to try this music-themed idol training mobile game. It now accepts pre-registration not only for the United States, but also for the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. There is no need to worry about getting lost in the translation since this is the first English version of the game.

Those residing in the United States can pre-register here while others can come here to pre-register.

Those who are able to complete registration using the links given can claim a wide range of bonuses which include:

  • Exclusive title
  • 200 diamonds
  • 2 DIA scout tickets
  • 3 Gem (L) in 3 colors (1 for each color)
  • 3 Gem (M) in 3 colors (1 for each color)

Plus, those who can invite other players to pre-order get additional DIA Scouts tickets. Additional rewards are also awarded based on certain milestones achieved.

The game focuses on 49 idols who recently graduated from Yumenosaki Academy. This is a prestigious art school long known for producing talented idols. These new idols are joining Ensemble Square with the hope of becoming stars. Players can choose from these idols and experience their journey to stardom.

To provide a truly immersive experience for gamers, it has a Live 3D mode for rhythmic music games that includes four difficulty levels. The scenarios developed by the Japanese novelist Akira make the game enjoyable. They should make the players experience all the moments of joy and tears with their chosen idols.

Then there are over 40 top class voice actors who include Hikaru Midorikawa, Yuki Kaji, and Tetsuya Kakihara. They also bring their voices to the characters in the game to make it a unique experience.

Ensemble Stars !! Music is the official sequel to Together stars! First released in Japan in 2020. The game has since been released in other Asian countries such as Korea and China. Since its release, it has achieved many milestones. For example, it previously ranked # 1 on the iOS free downloads list in Japan. In Korea, it was named “User Choice Game of 2021”. The game is available on Android and iOS.


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The best classical music of Fiona Maddocks in 2021 | Classical music https://mp3ar.com/the-best-classical-music-of-fiona-maddocks-in-2021-classical-music/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 00:09:00 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/the-best-classical-music-of-fiona-maddocks-in-2021-classical-music/ WWe were hoping that this would be the year when everything went well: that concert halls would buzz with full crowds; that musicians would return to work full time; that soloists could travel again without fear of quarantine and testing (aside from the unresolved difficulties caused by Brexit) – most importantly, that Covid-19 would disappear. […]]]>

WWe were hoping that this would be the year when everything went well: that concert halls would buzz with full crowds; that musicians would return to work full time; that soloists could travel again without fear of quarantine and testing (aside from the unresolved difficulties caused by Brexit) – most importantly, that Covid-19 would disappear. Instead, Omicron is galloping ahead and even optimists have to accept that we are not there yet.

Despite all the cancellations and the underlying chaotic vibe, countless musical events have touched lives. The BBC Proms, cautiously but definitely, were back, with premieres by Charlotte Bray, Shiva Feshareki, Britta Byström, Grace-Evangeline Mason, George Benjamin and more. Highlights included John Wilson and his nimble Sinfonia of London; the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, revealing of Mozart’s last symphonies; Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson wowed crowds on his Proms debut. Another pianist, Janeba Kanneh-Mason, performed Florence Price’s concerto in one movement at the Proms.

Coming out and arriving on the podium shaped the season: Domingo Hindoyan took over from Vasily Petrenko at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Petrenko himself breathed new life into his own “new” orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic. After five triumphant years, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has announced her forthcoming departure from the Birmingham City Symphony Orchestra; Kazuki Yamada, from 2023, is his successor. Esa-Pekka Salonen said goodbye to the Philharmonia; Santtu-Matias Rouvali has already caused a sensation as a replacement. Succeeding Vladimir Jurowski, Edward Gardner kicked off his sleeves with the LPO, electrifying in Tippett’s The Midsummer Wedding. As some had regrettably anticipated, Simon Rattle shortened his stay with the London Symphony Orchestra to work more in Germany, now his home. Antonio Pappano will take over (from 2024); his successor at Covent Garden has yet to be announced.

Santtu-Matias Rouvali, new “captivating” conductor of the Philharmonia. Photography: Mark Allan

Opera has struggled to return to the main stages, with Janáček at the Royal Opera and Glyndebourne, Wagner at the English National Opera, Puccini at the Welsh National Opera, Bizet at Opera North, Gilbert and Sullivan at the Scottish Opera, and at ENO Also. The smaller still adaptable “country house” rooms performed well. Longborough built a marquee for Monteverdi. Grange Park was strict with social distancing, with Bryn Terfel as Verdi’s Falstaff a featured attraction. Garsington’s airy clubhouse, with hitters Richard Strauss and Handel, could have been designed with a pandemic factored into its risk assessment. Opera Holland Park has intelligently reconfigured its entire hall for the benefit of the public.

Covid and its consequent bypass have kept me closer to home than usual, often at events in non-traditional locations: a reminder that quality of performance takes precedence over perfect acoustics. Grimeborn fascinated by the new urban “barn” of Arcola. Bold Tendencies, winner of this year’s Royal Philharmonic Society Gamechanger Prize, drew the Philharmonia into its parking lot for Brahms’ two piano concertos in one evening (Herculean soloist Samson Tsoy, conductor Maxim Emelyanychev). Waterperry Opera charmed in a rustic glade. The West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival was a discovery.

There were losses. Sweet and gracious Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink, mighty and fiery as he raised his wand, has passed away at the age of 92. The extraordinary opera director Graham Vick’s coronavirus death left us in shock. Composer Anthony Payne and singer Jane Manning, the husband-wife couple who illuminated musical life for more than half a century, have died within weeks of each other, gone like the brutal felling of great oaks. Composers Louis Andriessen, Simon Bainbridge and Frederic Rzewski, as well as the unmissable Stephen Sondheim, have all passed away, as have librettist Amanda Holden and mezzo-soprano Pamela Helen Stephen.

A performance that endures: in January, pianist András Schiff, between the incomparable interpretation of Bach in an online Wigmore Hall live recital, gave a comment of such obscure humor that I listened to four times to be sure to have understood. I don’t remember the jokes, but Schiff’s Bach shone in the mind throughout this troubled year.

The 10 best classical music performances of 2021

Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Sol Gabetta
Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Sol Gabetta at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. Photograph: Sophia Evans / The Observer

1. Monolith: I extend my arms
Rogue Maltings, Suffolk
Unforgettable premiere by Tansy Davies, performed by Britten Sinfonia.

2. Mahler / Benjamin chamber orchestra
Royal Albert Hall, London

The only foreign star-shaped Proms orchestra.

3. West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival
St. Lawrence Church, West Wycombe
Viola Lawrence Power and his friends in a church on top of a hill.

Laura Fleur, Kieran White in Alcina.
Laura Fleur, Kieran White in Alcina.

4. Alcina
Arcola outside, London
Handel stripped and shiny, from the OrQuesta / Grimeborn Ensemble.

5. Tosca
South Facing Festival, Crystal Palace, London
Natalya Romaniw in great shape in ENO’s Puccini with pizza.

6. Ragged Music Festival
Ragged School Museum, London
Where the soloists (Pavel Kolesnikov, Samson Tsoy) installed the chairs themselves.

7. Spanish time
In line

Ravel at the movies: ticking in a clock store during the pandemic-defying season of the Grange Park opera house.

8. Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Sol Gabetta
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
A violinist, a cellist and a world of imagination.

Sir Simon Rattle.
Sir Simon Rattle.

9. LSO / Rattle and East London Academy
Trafalgar Square, London

Novices alongside professionals under Nelson’s gaze.

10. The Rosenkavalier
Garsington Opera House; available online until April 29

Sumptuous Strauss for the eyes and ears.

Turkey
English Tour Operas Amadigi: excellent cast and group but a theatrical failure.


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