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Rebooting the ear

‘New music’ doesn’t have to mean cacophonous ‘modern’ music: it can of course just be music we haven’t heard before. Nor does ‘modern’ music have to be particularly new. Even though we’ve had over 80 years to get used to … Read More →


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In the air

This week’s blog turned out to be Plan B. I’d originally looked forward to sharing with you the results of a bit of research into music at airports. Naxos has offices all over the world, but it’s headquartered in Hong … Read More →


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Podcast: Handled with care

George Frideric Handel: impresario, performer, composer. The Great Bear, as he was referred to in his time, remains an Ursa Major of the musical firmament to this day. Raymond Bisha illustrates Handel’s creative genius with Vol. 2 in pianist Philip … Read More →


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Podcast: Courtly Couperin – ‘Les Nations’

Raymond Bisha presents a new recording of Couperin’s Les Nations, a truly international affair with the French composer’s genius expertly realised by Juilliard Baroque, a New York-based Who’s Who of early instrument performers. They bring to life the work’s four … Read More →


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Blind date

All recitalists on concert tours face the speed-dating issue of having to become intimate with a hall’s peculiar acoustics as quickly as possible. For pianists, there’s the extra demand of courting the character of an entirely new instrument to ensure … Read More →