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18 Dec 2018

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    Podcast: Four centuries of music for guitar ensemble.

    Guitar Gala Night comprises performances by the Amadeus Guitar Duo and the Duo Gruber & Maklar in a programme that’s a veritable variety show, combining original compositions with arrangements for one, two and four guitars. Ranging from the abstract to the descriptive, the earliest piece (1612) represents dance music by Michael Praetorius, while the most Read More ...

  • Posted on 07 Dec 2018

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    Podcast: Rossini’s Sins of Old Age.

    Raymond Bisha introduces us to the flip-side of Rossini the opera composer, who spent the last 40 years of his life in operatic retirement, instead composing some 200 vocal and solo piano pieces (his Sins of Old Age) whilst also indulging in the pleasantries of life as a gourmand and amateur chef. The final release Read More ...

  • Posted on 30 Nov 2018

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    Podcast: Chamber music by Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895–1968). World premiere recordings.

    The three newly published pieces on this recording were written in the decade following Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s flight to the United States in 1939 in the wake of the proclamation of anti-Jewish laws by Italy’s fascist regime. The programme includes his Concerto No. 3 for Violin and Piano (1939–40), written for no less a figure than Read More ...

  • Posted on 16 Nov 2018

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    Podcast: Relishing the realism. Orchestral music by Alfred Bruneau.

    Raymond Bisha introduces a programme of orchestral music by Alfred Bruneau (1857-1934), a composition student of Jules Massenet and one of the most important yet overlooked figures in turn-of-the-century French musical life. Bruneau’s desire for theatrical realism in his operas mirrored the literary aspirations of his friend Émile Zola. Conductor Darrell Ang and the Barcelona Read More ...

  • Posted on 26 Oct 2018

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    Podcast: 3 orchestral works by Franz Schreker (1878-1934)

    The last decade in the life of Austrian composer Frank Schreker (1878-1934) proved a tragic conclusion to his hitherto highly successful career as a teacher, conductor, administrator and composer. In the mid-1920s critics were bearing down on him for failing to step in line with developing compositional styles; by the 1930s his work had come Read More ...

  • Posted on 05 Oct 2018

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