Heard it all before?

April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day, a good moment to reflect on the issue of people pinching musical ideas from other composers. Whilst imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, plagiarism isn’t. On the whole, however, classical musicians … Read More →


A six-and-a-half foot scowl

Sergei Rachmaninov died in Beverly Hills in the US state of California in 1943. Maybe because of the city’s glitzy association with Hollywood and the composer’s often silver-screen romantic sounds, he carries a more modernistic persona than his actual life … Read More →


Podcast: Leonard Slatkin talks about Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2

Maestro Leonard Slatkin talks about Sergei Rachmaninov‘s music, his Symphony No. 2 in E minor, and his new recording of this piece with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he is now Music Director. In this podcast, Leonard Slatkin talks about … Read More →

Lokumbe Dear Mrs Parks

Podcast: Dear Mrs. Parks

Composer Hannibal Lokumbe wrote his piece Dear Mrs. Parks as a series of imaginary letters to civil rights activist Rosa Parks – all set for orchestra, chorus and soloists. In this podcast interview, he talks about the piece, and his … Read More →

Naxos Releases a New Recording Composer Hannibal Lokumbe; Dear Mrs. Parks

” … an organic sound world of poetic mysticism, pulsating percussion, work song laments, optimistic spirituals, rhapsodic instrumental obbligatos and dynamic squalls of expression … “ -Detroit Free Press On December 15, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) releases in North … Read More →