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Podcast: A prodigious grasp. The music of Alan Hovhaness.

There’s certainly something impressively expansive about the American composer Alan Hovhaness. The numbers alone command respect: having lived for almost 90 years, he notched up 434 compositions, including 67 symphonies. Conductor Gerard Schwarz weighs in with an equally admirable discography … Read More →


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Oxymoron for Orchestra

When is a concerto not a concerto? We’re all familiar with the term when it implies a soloist in a tug-of-tunes display, riding atop a generally subservient orchestra; and works such as the Brahms Double Concerto and the Beethoven Triple … Read More →


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Podcast: Simply unmissable

Once in a while you hear such incredibly beautiful music for the first time that you just can’t understand why it has remained under wraps for so long. The Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 by the Italian-born composer Mario … Read More →


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Lucky for some

Today’s 24 hours form an interesting axis in time. While in some parts of the world people will be surfacing to Valentine’s Day, lush emotions coursing through their veins, and anaemic wallets drained by roses, chocolates and candlelight dinner bookings, … Read More →


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Podcast: In two minds

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the piano music of Robert Schumann was under-appreciated – viewed as bitty, light and flighty, more like parlour music fare. But today it’s recognised as some of the most creative and original … Read More →