FROM ROME: Keep in touch with the Italian opera and classical music scene by reading Giuseppe Pennisi's regular reports.
VIDEO PODCAST: Women Composers - Our special hour-long illustrated feature on women composers includes contributions from Diana Ambache, Gail Wein, Hilary Tann, Natalie Artemas-Polak and Victoria Bond.
The outstanding oboist and composer Heinz Holliger was born in Switzerland on 21 May 1939. As a soloist, several distinctive composers such as Berio and Henze wrote works for him. His own music has always been forward-looking, such as Pneuma for 34 winds, organ, percussion, and radios.
CD Spotlight. Often Beautiful - Geoff Pearce listens to Ilya Gringolts. 'Gringolts is an exciting violinist, his technique flawless, his sound sumptuous ...'