Diapason is a monthly magazine, published in French by Italian media group Mondadori.[1] The magazine focuses on classical music, especially classical music recordings and hi-fi.[3] The magazine was created by Georges Chérière in Angers, France[4][5] under the title Diapason donne le ton dans l'Ouest (Tuning Fork Sets the Tone in the West) and the first issue was published in Paris, 1956.[6]

February 2021 cover
EditorEmmanuel Dupuy[1]
Circulation35419 (as of 30 June 2008)[2]
First issue1956
Based inParis

The critics of Diapason review internationally released classical CDs and DVDs each month, and the best ten albums are awarded by the prestigious Diapason d'Or. The award is comparable with those given by the BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone.[7][8][9]

Diapason provides information online via two websites.

The principal French language alternative to Diapason was Le Monde de la musique, but that magazine ceased publication in 2009. Much of its readership then transferred to Diapason, increasing the circulation there.[10] That magazine's highly regarded equivalent to the Diapason d'Or was the Choc of Le Monde de la musique, often spelled CHOC.

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  1. ^ a b (30 June 2008) Diapason Gruppo Mondadori
  3. ^ (2009) 2009 Naxos Catalog reviews and ratings Naxos Records
  4. ^ (in French) 18 December 2008 Classica et Le Monde de la musique s’allient ! Archived 20 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine Qobuz
  5. ^ (in French) (1 April 2006) Media(s)[permanent dead link] ResMusica
  6. ^ (in French) Yves Riesel (9 July 2009) Les souvenirs de Michel Bernstein (II) Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Qobuz
  7. ^ (in Spanish) (15 December 2009) Diapason d’Or para el cd del Cuarteto Diotima con música de Posadas Archived 1 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine docenotas.com
  8. ^ (6 March 2005) Local son soars in Europe The Star online
  9. ^ (in Korean) Jeon, Yeong-seon (전영선) (17 September 2002) 피아니스트 임동혁군 佛 ‘황금 디아파종상’ 수상 (in Korean) Munhwa Ilbo
  10. ^ (in French) "Actualité : La mort du Monde de la musique" Archived 27 July 2012 at archive.today, Diapason, 25 March 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2012.