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Podcast: Prokofiev’s Fourth Symphony, Prodigal Son

Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra continue their Naxos survey of the Symphonies by Prokofiev, with the new release of the Symphony No 4. Composed in 1930 for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Fourth contains … Read More →


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Stickability

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 →


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International Women’s Day – a report from the music department

As the posting of this week’s blog coincides with International Women’s Day, let’s kick off by quoting Frédérique Petrides, the female violinist, conductor, teacher and publisher who was a pioneering advocate for women in music. Born in Belgium in 1903, … Read More →


Antonin Dvorak Symphony No 9 From the New World

Podcast: Marin Alsop and the Symphonies of Antonin Dvorak

Czech composer Antonin Dvořák had, among his many talents, the gift of seemingly endless melody. His symphonies are filled with these marvelous tunes that seem to grow out of each other. This is one of the qualities that conductor Marin … 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 →