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.
FROM ROME: Keep in touch with the Italian opera and classical music scene by reading Giuseppe Pennisi's regular reports.
Award-winning Brazilian composer, conductor and pianist Marlos Nobre comes from Recife and was born on 18 February 1939. He studied at his local music conservatory (Pernambuco) and his composition teachers were Camargo Guarnieri and H J Koellreutter. A Rockefeller Foundation scholarship allowed him to study in Buenos Aires. Later he was able to work with Alexander Goehr ad Gunther Schuller in Tanglewood, meeting Leonard Bernstein, and to study electronic music in New York.
His compositions draw on the Brazilian 'desafio' tradition of musical duelling, and his many appointments, mostly in the Americas, also include a period as composer-in-residence at the Brahms-Haus in Baden-Baden, Germany and invitations to conduct orchestras in Europe.
Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney - Turn that racket down!
Record Box. Innocent Mischief - Eduardo Monteiro plays piano music from Brazil, reviewed by Bill Newman