Sounds Interesting: All the Fun of the Fanfare

This podcast from the Sounds Interesting series spotlights a selection of fanfares composed for a variety of occasions during the last century.         Links to the music featured in this podcast: Maurice Ravel L’Éventail de Jeanne (8.573354) Morton Gould Fanfare for Freedom (8.572629) William Alwyn Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion (8.570705) David Read More …

Sounds Interesting: Repetition, repetition, repetition

This podcast from the Sounds Interesting series takes repetition as its theme, a musical technique that has long served composers very well, time and time and time again. Henry Purcell, Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten provide the musical examples.     https://blog.naxos.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/SoundsInteresting-Podcast_mixdownRepetitionM4A.m4aPodcast: Play in new windowSubscribe: RSS | More

Sounds Interesting: Found in translation.

This podcast from the Sounds Interesting series examines how a musical composition can be pampered by alternative wardrobes, when an original is dressed in different presentations of style and instrumentation while retaining its core character.             Links to the music featured in this podcast: Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in Read More …

Sounds Interesting: Oxymoron for Orchestra

This podcast from the Naxos Sounds Interesting series focuses on a selection of concertos written not for household-name soloists, but for the collective virtuosity of an orchestra’s serried ranks.           Links to the music featured in this podcast: Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra (8.571201) Malipiero, Concerto for Orchestra (8.573291) Joan Tower, Concerto Read More …

Sounds Interesting: Alma. Her life, loves, lieder.

This podcast from the Naxos Sounds Interesting series focuses on Mahler’s wife, Alma. Her life was as multi-faceted as her several talents, that ranged from competent composer to sizzling socialite. Richard Kennedy peels back the intriguing layers beneath the common perception of her as simply the hard done by wife of the illustrious Gustav. For Read More …

Sounds Interesting: In the wrong place at the wrong time.

This podcast from the Naxos Sounds Interesting series spotlights a collection of unfortunate musicians who became hostages of war at the outbreak of the First World War and whose story is as inspiring as the music that sustained them. The setting is Ruhleben, a racecourse in Berlin. The presenter is Richard Kennedy.       Read More …