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: John Dante Prevedini leads a discussion about Youth Involvement in Classical Music - this specially extended illustrated feature includes contributions from Christopher Morley, Gerald Fenech, Halida Dinova, Patricia Spencer and Roderic Dunnett.
VIDEO INTERVIEW: Ona Jarmalavičiūtė talks to American choral conductor Donald Nally, director of The Crossing, in this fascinating, illustrated, one hour programme.
The Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini was born in Milan on 5 January 1942, at the age of eighteen becoming the youngest winner of the Warsaw International Chopin Competition. Interrupting his career to study with Michelangeli, he's kept Chopin in his repertory ever since, but, atypically for the 'romantic' virtuoso his public wanted to stereotype, in perspective too, balanced, on the one hand, with the analytically heavy-duty classics (Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms), on the other, the cerebral moderns (Schoenberg, Bartók, Stockhausen, Boulez, Berio, Nono). A richly diverse artist of strong socio-political commitment, as famous for his self-critical perfectionism in the recording studio as his impulsive risk-taking on the concert platform, he remains one of the all-time greats - visionary, controversial, cool, self-inquiring, pianistically phenomenal. AO
Ensemble. On the High and Open Sea - Giuseppe Pennisi samples Italy's 2019 Ravenna Summer Festival