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Blind date

All recitalists on concert tours face the speed-dating issue of having to become intimate with a hall’s peculiar acoustics as quickly as possible. For pianists, there’s the extra demand of courting the character of an entirely new instrument to ensure … Read More →


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Prelates and preachers

So, it’s confirmed that Sir Simon Rattle, currently artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic, will be winging it to London in 2017 to take up the post of music director of the London Symphony Orchestra. Reporters have been at pains … Read More →


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Podcast: The Kernis Kaleidoscope

Raymond Bisha introduces us to the eclectic and exuberant imagination of the American composer Aaron Jay Kernis, whose works are inhabited by a host of influences – musical, historical and personal. This new disc of three of his diverse compositions … Read More →


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Sounds unusual

There’s nothing unusual about any musical instrument to the person who is its master. But if you look at those commonly played by concerto soloists, there’s only a handful that have a repertoire of hundreds of works at their disposal. … Read More →


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Podcast: Poised purity. Poulenc’s choral settings.

Raymond Bisha introduces the latest Naxos recording of the Elora Festival Singers in performances of Poulenc’s unaccompanied choral works. Transcending a backcloth of geopolitical and personal turmoil, these gems marry a delicacy of form with harmonic pungency, described by conductor … Read More →