ANDRAS SCIF: Why I won’t perform in Hungary – by Tim Franks

One of the world’s greatest pianists, Andras Schiff, played his 60th birthday concert on Saturday – a hugely demanding programme of the Goldberg Variations by Bach and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. Earlier he told the BBC’s Tim Franks why he gave the performance in London – and not in his homeland, Hungary. Andras Schiff takes me […]

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The Mysteries, Myths, and Truths about Mr Handel

David Vickers takes an in-depth look at the composer, his life, and works… Not so long ago George Frideric Handel was best known to the general public for a few predictable things: Messiah, being ‘German’, his obesity, and for going blind. Thankfully that narrow perception has substantially altered over the last 30 years. Nowadays we […]

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CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BRASS LIVE on CSO

Many orchestral cognoscenti have long considered the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to have the finest orchestral brass section in the world; certainly, it ranks among the top three or four. All hail, then, to a disc that features the CSO brass players in all their refulgent splendor. Various arrangers are responsible for the versions performed here: […]

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