Top 15 Liszt recordings

A beginner’s guide to the music of one of the great composer-pianists Selecting a list of just 15 outstanding recordings of Franz Liszt’s music that everyone will agree with is impossible, but for those who are just embarking on a journey through Liszt’s sound world, these 15 selections represent 15 perfect starting points. And for […]

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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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