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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 →


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Podcast: Weinberg’s comprehensive keyboard catalogue

In this week’s podcast, Raymond Bisha introduces the 4-CD collection of the complete piano works of Mieczysław Weinberg – from teenage mazurkas written in his native Poland through to his last works for the instrument composed in Moscow. En route, … Read More →


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China’s Cultural Devolution

China’s Cultural Revolution (1966-76) was a turbulent decade that took no prisoners in sweeping away the ‘Four Olds’ – old customs, old habits, old ideas and old culture. As far as artistic matters were concerned, the dictat meant that western … Read More →