The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
The mostly self-taught composer Bernard van Dieren, born in Rotterdam on 27 December 1887, settled in London. He became a cult figure with some leading intellectuals, whose advocacy mostly fell on deaf ears. This neglect has never changed, and we can only note that he left an opera, a symphony and chamber works. He was a distinctive writer, and there is a collection of his musical criticism. He died in London on 24 April 1936.
CD Spotlight. Benjamin Britten and James Joyce - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to two sets of English folk and other songs. '... very good listening ...'
DVD Spotlight. Engaging Integrity - Mark Dexter plays Peter Warlock, recommended by Robert Anderson. '... a triumphant success ...'
Transcending virtuosity - Alistair Hinton comments on points made in Gordon Rumson's recent Chopin review