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Bass mettle

The nearest I ever came to becoming a legend was when someone described my first attempts at playing the double bass as sounding like Billy Goat Gruff with laryngitis. These hurtful comments quickly became water off a duck’s back when … Read More →


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Podcast: Tower of strength

Based in the United States, Joan Tower is one of today’s most successful composers. A 2007 Naxos release of her orchestral music (8.559328) won 3 GRAMMY® awards. Rick Phillips introduces the latest disc to feature three more of her fascinating and … Read More →


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Rebooting the ear

‘New music’ doesn’t have to mean cacophonous ‘modern’ music: it can of course just be music we haven’t heard before. Nor does ‘modern’ music have to be particularly new. Even though we’ve had over 80 years to get used to … Read More →


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In the air

This week’s blog turned out to be Plan B. I’d originally looked forward to sharing with you the results of a bit of research into music at airports. Naxos has offices all over the world, but it’s headquartered in Hong … Read More →


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Podcast: Handled with care

George Frideric Handel: impresario, performer, composer. The Great Bear, as he was referred to in his time, remains an Ursa Major of the musical firmament to this day. Raymond Bisha illustrates Handel’s creative genius with Vol. 2 in pianist Philip … Read More →