MARTINU Piano Concertos 2 and 4

Podcast: Bohuslav Martinu’s Piano Concertos

Czech-born composer Bohuslav Martinu was born in a church tower in Policka, Bohemia in 1890. He became a student in the Prague Conservatory, and played with the Czech Philharmonic before moving to Paris to study composition. When World War Two … Read More →

RAUTAVAARA 12 Concertos

Podcast: Rautavaara’s 12 Concertos

Einojuhani Rautavaara is Finland’s best known composer, especially internationally. Rautavaara’s music has been described as a mixture of modernism and mystic romanticism – an attempt to define a compositional style that is unique, personal, and very hard to define. Among … Read More →

On October 28, Naxos released superb documentaries by Christopher Nupen, Bruno Monsaingeon and Tony Palmer

On October 28, Naxos released The Christopher Nupen Films’ new documentary, Vladimir Ashkenazy: Master Musician. Nupen, dubbed “king of the music documentary” by Gramophone and a three-time winner at Midem in Cannes (2005, 2006, and 2008), has put together a … Read More →


Podcast: Pictures at an Exhibition

Nashville Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin has just released a new recording of Pictures at an Exhibition with each movement transcribed for orchestra by a different arranger. Some of the arrangers, like Vladimir Askhenazy and Leopold Stokowski are well known, … Read More →