SCHUMAN Symphony No 8

Podcast: Joseph Polisi talks about composer William Schuman

American composer William Schuman, born 100 years ago, was one of the best-known composers of his day. He was also an arts administrator of great skill who was at various times President of The Julliard School and President of Lincoln … Read More →


RACHMANINOV Symphony No 2

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 →


The Mystery of Christmas

Podcast: Christmas 2009 – a special podcast

Join Raymond in a special Christmas podcast as he features three of his favourite Christmas CDs – two new CDs, plus an old favourite. The new CDs featured are A Stephen Chatman Christmas, and Marc Hervieux’s “Le Premiere Noel” while … Read More →


SOUTHERN HARMONY

Podcast: Southern Harmony

In 1835 WIlliam Walker published his songbook Southern Harmony. The title page describes it as a collection of “tunes, hymns, psalms, odes and anthems”. It sold an astonishing 600,000 copies before the US Civil War, and became the inspiration for … Read More →


IN TERRA PAX - A Christmas Anthology

Podcast: In Terra Pax – A Christmas Anthology

Listening to this CD of lush English Christmas carols, it’s hard to believe that in the mid-1600′s, Christmas Day had been outlawed by an act of Parliament, and Christmas carols were forbidden. This was during the time of Oliver Cromwell, … Read More →