RECENT: Find out about composers from unusual places, including Gerard Schurmann, Giya Kancheli, Nazib Zhiganov and Nodar Gabunia, about singing in cars, and meet Jim Hutton from the RLPO and some of our regular contributors in this eighty-minute February 2021 video.
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.
English writer Patrick Maxwell is the editor of gerrymander.blog, and a commentator for bbench.co.uk and The Speaker, but he has also written for many other sites. He was formerly a chorister at Westminster Abbey and is now a music scholar in Oxford.
Schubert's 'Winterreise' by Markus Schäfer and Tobias Koch
Patrick Maxwell listens to the 'Goldberg Variations' on the accordion
Patrick Maxwell listens to Mozart Violin Sonatas played by Oscar Shumsky and Leopold Mittman
Patrick Maxwell investigates the German baritone's legacy
Patrick Maxwell listens to Bruckner motets
The complete piano music of Lennox Berkeley
Patrick Maxwell listens critically to the Fitzwilliam String Quartet's Schubert
Osmo Vänskä's recording of Mahler's Symphony No 7
Vadim Gluzman plays music by Pēteris Vasks
Patrick Maxwell listens to Margarita Gritskova and Maria Prinz performing Prokofiev songs
Alexandra Matvievskaya plays Fauré piano music
Patrick Maxwell celebrates Peter Donohoe's Mozart Piano Sonatas
Patrick Maxwell listens to Brahms from Lars Vogt and the Royal Northern Sinfonia
Early string quartets by William Alwyn
Brahms clarinet chamber music
Bach Collegium Japan's St Matthew Passion
Music by Pärt, Vasks and MacMillan, sung by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
Patrick Maxwell visits Vienna for Puccini's 'Tosca'
Early Beethoven from Boris Giltburg, Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Patrick Maxwell listens to Brahms from the Primrose Piano Quartet
Patrick Maxwell listens to music by John Dowland. '... the exquisite word-painting comes through brilliantly ...'
Ali Hirèche plays Chopin. 'Hirèche manages to give an impeccable portrait of Chopin, through a mixture of the multiple skills required to give an effervescent yet intimate feel to the music.'
Patrick Maxwell listens to Bach and Bruckner from Michael Schönheit, Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Beethoven, Shostakovich and Musorgsky from Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra impress Patrick Maxwell
Patrick Maxwell visits London to hear Haydn's 'The Creation' at the BBC Proms
Patrick Maxwell listens to music from Wadham College Chapel, Oxford. 'The choral sound is well produced, if at times lacking in cohesion, and the interpretations at the hands of Katharine Pardee are well handled.'
Patrick Maxwell listens to Britten, McDowall, Horovitz and James Bassi, performed by Janet Lincé and The New Choir