Quintuplets

Playing the numbers game

Families with twins are a novelty; triplets a curiosity; quadruplets a rarity; higher multiples a scarcity. Comparisons with musical works draw a certain parallel: take the twin instruments that usually provide the melodic interest in a baroque trio sonata (a … Read More →


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Junior management

Even the most prominent names in classical music grew from initial obscurity, with a combination of circumstances, opportunities and single-mindedness eventually releasing an artist’s light from under the bushel. Somewhere in all their life stories, however, is usually a person … Read More →


Sting and Trudie Styler Star in Twin Spirits

The poignant and tragic love story of Robert and Clara Schumann told in words and music to be released by Opus Arte on September 29, 2009 On September 29th, Opus Arte presents Twin Spirits, the story of the passionate romance … Read More →


Horn Concertos

Podcast: The World’s Most Beautiful Horn Concertos

Former horn player Raymond Bisha takes you on a personal tour of this new CD set from Profil celebrating the French Horn, and some of it’s finest players including Wilhelm Bruns, Hermann Baumann, Peter Damm and the legendary Erich Penzel … Read More →


Contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux Sings Schumann

The acclaimed Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux sings two major song cycles by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), and four other songs by the composer (“Der Nussbaum,” “Er ist’s,” “Loreley,” and “Widmung”), on a new recording from naïve. Pianist Daniel Blumenthal accompanies Lemieux … Read More →