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December 29, 2016

Quick, quick – name a Polish composer.

Now name a Polish composer who isn’t Chopin.

If you remembered Szymanowski, well done – have a gold star. But it should be a lot easier than this – particularly given the quality and quantity of classical music that the Poles have p...

December 29, 2016

I had to buy my own Christmas present this year – which isn’t quite the sob story it sounds to be, because it meant that I finally got my hands on Teodor Currentzis’ recording of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (with Musicaeterna on SONY). I’ve been waiting for this recording ev...

December 9, 2015

Max Bruch is one of those composers who, like Pachelbel, often gets dismissed as a one-trick pony. His First Violin Concerto is one of the most popular pieces in the repetoire - and with good reason. But although some people might be able to hum the ethereal cello rhap...

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