webernex5

Who’s afraid of new music…?

Think about the last time you went into an art gallery. It’s pretty certain you won’t have liked all of the modern paintings, but I would be prepared to bet there was at least one which impressed and stuck in … Read More →


collage

Up for review

Pity the poor reviewer who has to attend performances of contemporary music and make instant judgements on the works’ artistic merits. It’s not an easy task, which has occasionally been recognised by concert promoters who will immediately follow the première … Read More →


st-patricks-day

From shillelagh to sheng

With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought we could pick up our shillelaghs, go for a walk that starts in the Emerald Isle and see where it eventually takes us. There’s something uniquely charming about Ireland, with … Read More →


music-couple

I do. She does, too.

While there’s no magic formula for clinching success when two people tie the knot, the old adage of ‘opposites attract’ has proven a winner for many a couple, allowing them to mix and enrich contrasting personas. But, for many musicians, … Read More →


Vastnetsov

Podcast: A legend lives on

Although Reinhold Glière’s Symphony No. 3, subtitled Il’ya Muromets, is rarely performed or recorded, this new Naxos recording confirms that the work deserves the attention of a much wider audience. Performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic and conducted by JoAnn Falletta, … Read More →