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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 →


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Podcast: A forgotten founding father

Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein – names such as these are familiar friends. But what constituted the musical bedrock from which they sprang? In this week’s podcast, conductor JoAnn Falletta discusses with Mark Simmons the vital contribution that composer John Knowles Paine made … Read More →


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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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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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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 →