BEETHOVEN: His symphonies – the complete guide

The symphonies explored by nine leading conductors: Norrington, Zinman, Jansons, Vänskä, Gardiner, Iván Fischer, Tilson Thomas, Paavo Järvi and Chailly https://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/beethovens-symphonies-the-complete-guide?utm_content=The%20complete%20guide%20to%20Beethoven%27s%20Symphonies&utm_campaign=Gramophone%20Newsletter%20-%2014MAR17%20%28Subs%29&utm_source=Gramophone&utm_medium=adestra_email&utm_term=https%3A//www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/beethovens-symphonies-%25E2%2580%2593-the-complete-guide

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Top 10 Classical Music Moments in Cinema.

1) Brief Encounter (1945, dir David Lean) A film of simmering passions, suppressed by a pair of very British stiff upper lips. Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto is a constant presence throughout the story, summing up perfectly a love affair that can never be realised. It’s one of the most romantic films ever made, teetering on the edge […]

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How Mozart loved Handel

Lindsay Kemp explores the link between the two great composers… Composers of the past did not always know their predecessors’ work as we do. Mozart’s musical upbringing being utterly of its time, the music he heard in his formative years was principally that of his older contemporaries rather than of the previous generation. Travelling around Europe […]

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Emily Dickinson: the poet who offers composers potentially limitless possibilities

Philip Clark celebrates the American poet who was a kindred spirit of the composers she has inspired As an intellectual loner, a disrupter of poetic convention, an instinctual progressive, a sensual philosopher, an obstinate believer in the validity and vitality of her own work, a transformer of small-town 19th-century America into impassionedly passionate poetic visions […]

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Mastering Monteverdi’s Orfeo

David Vickers speaks to Andrew Parrott on the 40th anniversary of the Taverner Consort and Players. You’ve conducted a lot of opera around the world, but you haven’t recorded many. The Taverner Consort and Players made two different recordings of Dido and Aeneas, and then there’s a famous recording of the Florentine intermedi performed at a […]

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Video of the day: Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra

A complete live performance by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Andrés Orozco-Estrada The Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra’s YouTube channel continues to present some wonderful live performances. A couple of weeks ago we featured their account of Prokofiev’s First Symphony conducted by François Leleux, today it is a complete performance of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra conducted by […]

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Thousands of miles: music in exile

If you’ve ever travelled abroad, you’ll know what it is to be an ‘alien’ I’ve never really labelled myself as one during my life on the road as a performing artist, but believe me, I’ve felt like an alien more times than I can count. Scratching my head about the food, the transport, the unique […]

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