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.
Myra Hess was born in London on 25 February 1890, and she died there on 25 November 1965. Trained as a pianist, much of her career was spent in England. Her organisation of National Gallery Concerts in London during the last war was hailed as a vital boost to morale, and she was awarded the DBE in 1941.
Book review. Hugely Atmospheric - Jessica Duchen's new novel 'Ghost Variations', highly recommended by Alice McVeigh
New Contexts - Malcolm Miller reports on a recent Symposium on Beethoven's Diabelli Variations
A Genuine Beethoven Pianist - Simon Watterton gives a lunchtime recital in London, heard by Julian Jacobson
CD Spotlight. A Spectral Atmosphere - Murray McLachlan plays music by Shostakovich and friends, recommended by Howard Smith. '... an outright triumph for the label and for McLachlan.'
Arts and the Colour of Politics - Béla Hartmann muses on growing social equality and democratization
Outstanding and unforgettable - Lilya Zilberstein's recital at London's Wigmore Hall impresses Bill Newman
A Name to Remember! - Mikhail Shilyaev at St Martin-in-the-Fields, reviewed by Malcolm Troup
CD Spotlight. Mephistopheles in attendence - The playing of Marina Milic-Apostolovic, enjoyed by Robert Anderson
A star is reborn - BBC Legends, passing its one hundredth release, is appreciated by John Bell Young