Podcast: Curtain up!

If the purpose of an opera overture is to prepare the audience for the mood and emotions of the opera that follows, Rossini was a master. And yet, the overture was almost an after-thought to him. Rossini usually composed it … Read More →


Podcast: Weinberg Symphony No 12

Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s symphonies are recognised today as having made a substantial contribution to the continuation of the Russian tradition. Rick Phillips here surveys his Twelfth Symphony, written in the style and spirit of Shostakovich in response to the death in August … Read More →

Podcast: Mussorgky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

Raymond Bisha discusses Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Album Details… Catalogue No.: 8.573016     Podcast: Download (Duration: 17:08 — 13.7MB)


Podcast: Prokofiev’s Fourth Symphony, Prodigal Son

Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra continue their Naxos survey of the Symphonies by Prokofiev, with the new release of the Symphony No 4. Composed in 1930 for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Fourth contains … Read More →


Podcast: Petrenko on Shostakovich 4th Symphony

Vasily Petrenko’s award-winning survey of the Shostakovich symphonies with the RLPO, now reaches the ninth instalment with the release of the Fourth Symphony. Here he talks to Edward Seckerson about the work. Album details… Catalogue No.: 8.573188 Podcast: Download (Duration: … Read More →