The announcement of the death of British conductor Sir Colin Davis last month carried with it a reminder of the longevity of many outstanding princes of the podium. Sir Colin was 85 when he died; before him, Otto Klemperer was … Read More →


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 →


Podcast: Leonard Slatkin talks with Gail Wein about Rachmaninov and life in Detroit

Leonard Slatkin enjoys close ties to Sergei Rachmaninov: his great-uncle brought the composer to the US and conducted the première of his second symphony. Slatkin tells Gail Wein about his recordings of Rachmaninov Symphonies with Detroit Symphony, and his life in … 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 →

Grammy Awards Given to Artists on Naxos and LPO Labels

On January 31, 2010, The Recording Academy® honored artists from the Naxos and LPO (London Philharmonic Orchestra) labels with two Grammy® Awards. American composer Jennifer Higdon took home the Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for her Percussion Concerto (London … Read More →