About International Record Review – the magazine for the serious classical collector
International Record Review was launched in March 2000, since when it has built up a readership of many thousands throughout the world. It is a magazine for those who know their music, but who are prepared to be further enlightened, and who want up-to-date, authoritative comment on the vast number of new and historical classical recordings being released world-wide.
Every issue contains as many detailed and extensive reviews as possible of new releases, written by our international panel of experts, who are renowned for their scholarship, enthusiasm and lively writing style. Monthly review sections consist of Orchestral, Chamber, Instrumental, Vocal and Opera releases on CD and DVD. IRR Outstanding Recordings are highlighted each month. These are selected by our reviewers and, unlike other magazines, have no input from the Editor.
Although based in London the magazine is not country specific; recordings are reviewed regardless of whether or not they have UK distribution and IRR features by far the most comprehensive listing available of international New Releases. There is a monthly Index to Reviews and Letters to the Editor. Too many records, the final editorial page in every issue, is a personal point of view about record collecting and has included contributions from our reviewers, artists, producers, engineers, record company executives, broadcasters and others involved in the record industry. In addition, there are regular Book reviews, Obituaries and extensive Round-up features covering every type of repertoire. These range, for example, from informed overviews of historic recordings and reissues, articles concentrating on opera/vocal discs and Early Music to record company anniversaries and new label profiles.