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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 →


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Podcast: Spanish soul

In this week’s podcast, Raymond Bisha introduces a disc of Spanish guitar music that goes to the heart of that nation’s musical culture, presenting four works by the prolific Madrid-born composer Federico Moreno Torroba. This new release is the first … Read More →


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The Boston Pops (and one Mom)

The Boston Tea Party, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Red Sox – all are well known internationally. It’s likely, however, that for many outside the United States, talk of the Boston Six will raise a puzzled look. They were … Read More →