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: Bartok’s Mikrokosmos

The 153 piano pieces of Bela Bartók’s “Mikrokosmos” are a milestone in piano literature. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from musical terms and technical procedures to indications of regional provenance and folk derivation, they are arranged in order … Read More →