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