DISCUSSION: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
VIDEO PODCAST: Slava Ukraini! - recorded on 24 February 2022, the day Europe woke up to the news that Vladimir Putin's Russian forces had invaded Ukraine. A fifty minute video which also features Caitríona O'Leary and Eric Fraad discussing their new film Island of Saints, and pays tribute to Joseph Horovitz, Malcolm Troup and Maria Nockin.
On 1 October 1903 was born the Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz. His worldwide reputation gathered momentum after settling in America in the early thirties. For a time after the war he confined his playing to recordings only, but resumed recitals in 1965. He died in New York City on 5 November 1989.
Classical music news - The Piano Student - A 2019 novel about pianist Vladimir Horowitz is published in the United States and United Kingdom this month in an English translation
DVD Spotlight. Seldom Equalled - Michelangeli plays Beethoven, Galuppi and Scarlatti, and impresses Howard Smith. 'His relentless perfectionism allows him spellbinding precision ...'
CD Spotlight. Unaffected Restraint - Halida Dinova plays music that tells stories, heard by Howard Smith. '... a mesmerising interpreter ...'
CD Spotlight. Spiritual Outpourings - CD Spotlight. Spiritual Outpourings. Alexander Romanovsky plays Rachmaninov, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... passion and elegance.'
Passport to Heaven - Bill Newman listens to the Russian pianist Nelly Akopian-Tamarina
Marvelously Gifted - Bill Newman listens to pianist Alexander Romanovsky
Ensemble. Exceptional Gifts - Lawrence Budmen reports from the 2009 Miami International Piano Festival
CD Spotlight. Sensuality and Freedom - Stokowski conducts Schubert and Dvorák, heard by Béla Hartmann. '... one is never left in any doubt as to the force of the conductor ...'
Legendary generosity - Remembering Constance Keene (1921-2005): an appreciation, by John Bell Young
Both angel and devil - One hundred years on, John Bell Young provides a critical appraisal of legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz
Record box. Impetuous abandon - Ron Bierman is amazed by the playing of Marc-André Hamelin
A perceptive pianist - Bill Newman listens to Yoo Na Noh
Record box - Trawling for treasure. Bill Newman seeks out Golden Age performers now reinstated on CD. Sviatoslav Richter on BBC Legends