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 …
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.
Richard Kennedy presents an overview of the life, times and music of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů, whose free spirit ranged both musically and geographically during the first half of the 20th century.
Composers can’t always hang around waiting for a visit by Euterpe, the ancient Greek Muse of music, to sow a seed of inspiration for their next composition. Commissioning agents have a long and much-appreciated record of standing in for when that vital role of providing a creative impetus is required and this podcast from the Read More …
Gothic art feeds off deathly horror, and music from the Romantic period especially tapped into its creative possibilities. Richard Kennedy presents a selection of extracts from compositions with literary, historical and architectural Gothic associations.
This podcast from the Naxos Sounds Interesting series spotlights the contributions of seven composers who made significant, but neglected contributions to the heritage of American symphonic music. The presenter is Richard Kennedy.
This podcast from the Naxos Sounds Interesting series highlights some humorous lines from the pens of the past masters. The presenter is Richard Kennedy.
A rainbow is sometimes referred to as ‘a bridge to nowhere’, especially where illusory pots of gold are concerned. But they have been the inspiration for a number of works dotted around the Naxos catalogue. This podcast from our Sounds Interesting series explores six of them.
This podcast from the Naxos Sounds Interesting series aims to create a bit of a buzz by putting a few musical bees in your bonnet, specially hived off from the Naxos catalogue. The presenter is Richard Kennedy.
This podcast from the Naxos Sounds Interesting series presents a selection of soporific representations by composers down the centuries, from John Dowland to Benjamin Britten. The presenter is Richard Kennedy. https://blog.naxos.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/sleeping-beauties.mp3Podcast: Play in new windowSubscribe: RSS | More