Podcast: Polly – an opera by Samuel Arnold

When Samuel Arnold wrote his opera Polly in 1777, he used John Gay‘s libretto to The Beggar’s Opera as a starting point. Unlike the earlier piece, which never reached the stage due to government censorship, Polly was a huge success … Read More →

Podcast: Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony (and other delights)

Leopold Mozart is best known as the father of his son, Wolftang Amadeus Mozart. Although he was completely overshadowed by his brilliant son, he was a fine composer in his own right. This podcast looks at a new CD of … Read More →


Podcast: Handel’s Israel in Egypt

An introduction to Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt – less well known than the Messiah, but equally good. It’s a piece full of great choruses, colourful orchestrations and memorable tunes. All music examples from from a new Naxos recording featuring … Read More →


Podcast: Bach and Telemann Concertos for Oboe d’amore

An interview with Tom Stacy, English Horn player in the New York Philharmonic as he talks about his new recording of concertos for the oboe d’amore by Bach and Telemann. Album details… Catalogue No.: Naxos 8.570735 Podcast: Download (13.7MB)


Podcast: The Theatre Music of Henry Purcell

An introduction to the theatre music of the great English composer Henry Purcell, in a new CD featuring the Aradia Ensemble under the direction of Kevin Mallon. Purcell is still one of the most popular of all composers, and his … Read More →