‘A bold individual’: Russell Hirshfield explores Scriabin’s early piano works
Echoes of Scriabin’s great Romantic predecessors may be heard in the composer’s first opus numbers, yet they also embody his own distinct musical aesthetic.
Music of my Life: Janina Fialkowska
Exuberant musical personalities, from Solti to Richter and Rubinstein, have played an influential role in the development of Canadian pianist Janina...
Q&A: Howard Shelley on Hummel and Moscheles
British pianist and conductor Howard Shelley puts a spotlight on works by Hummel, Mozart and Moscheles in his latest ‘Piano Explored’ concerto series with...
‘Women didn’t compose back then’ – or did they?
Pianist and musicologist Samantha Ege urges music lovers to explore the wealth of repertoire by Black women composers as she launches...
London Mozart Players launches Piano Explored 2021 with Howard Shelley
Howard Shelley unearths some unusual specimens of the piano concerto repertoire in his latest Piano Explored series with the London Mozart Players
Music lovers are...
Nicolas Hodges celebrates Beethoven and Birtwistle on disc
Pianist Nicolas Hodges’ new album A Bag of Bagatelles pairs works by Harrison Birtwistle – here given their premiere recordings – with repertoire by...
Composer Julia Plaut introduces her new score for 24 Steinway pianos
Julia Plaut’s 24 Pianos was commissioned to celebrate the arrival of a new fleet of Steinway instruments at Cardiff’s Royal Welsh College of Music...
Recording Edward Gregson’s complete piano music
A new disc of Edward Gregson’s complete music for solo piano has been released by Naxos. Murray McLachlan shares his experiences of performing and...
Bach to basics
Like all conductors, David Bernard spends much of his time imparting precise ideas about musical works to other performers,Read More
One to Watch – Tom Borrow
A recent cancellation gave Tom Borrow the big break he needed, replacing Khatia Buniatishvili as soloist for a concerto for a tour of Israel.
Music for the mind
Russian-born pianist Yulia Chaplina is harnessing the power of music to cheer people up during the pandemic by sharing her own videos of light,
Free for all
Angela Hewitt considers the importance of staying musically connected during the coronavirus lockdown, but hopes it won’t set a precedent for giving away classical...
Pianist Christina McMaster introduces her new weekly series of meditation, yoga and music evenings, available online for free during the coronavirus lockdown
What has prompted...
Path to light
Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky introduces his recent online recitals of works by Beethoven and Franck
For me,Read More
Encounters – Andrew Carter, composer
‘I come from a family of change-ringers and my mother had a goodRead...
voice. My introduction to music was through school choirs,
Preview: Karl Lutchmayer performs Busoni’s Piano Concerto
British-Goan pianist Karl Lutchmayer will perform Busoni’s Piano Concerto Op 39 on 30 November at St John’s Smith Square,Read More
The high-living hillbilly
In the cover feature of this October’s issue of Opera Now, Michael Spyres explains how he found his true ‘baritenor’ voice,Read More
The season of Jamie Barton
From witches and Wagner to women championing body positivity, the mezzo soprano talks all things opera with Lisa Houston
During an intermission at a recent...
‘Soaring star in new skies’: Interview with Fatma Said
Jon Tolansky speaks to talented young soprano Fatma Said, who recently made her Proms debut
In the short time that the prodigiously gifted young Egyptian...