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.
Austrian composer and conductor Franz von Suppé was born on 18 April 1819 in Spalato (which is now Split, Croatia). He took music lessons and began to compose when young. He worked for Franz Pokorny as a composer and conductor, and studied in Vienna,
He wrote music for more than a hundred productions for theatres in Vienna, and also conducted important productions of operas such as Meyerbeer's Les Hugenots,
Suppé died in Vienna on 21 May 1895, aged seventy-six, leaving approximately thirty operettas and 180 ballets, farces and other stage works.
CD Spotlight. Overwhelmingly Tuneful - Gerald Fenech listens to rare music by Franz von Suppé. '... vibrant playing full of unalloyed joy.'
Ensemble. A More Intimate Approach - Mike Wheeler listens to Suppé, Dvořák and Holst at Derby Concert Orchestra's seventieth anniversary concert
CD Spotlight. Fascinating Stuff - Thomas Coates' band music, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... highly polished performances full of fun and joy ...'
Ensemble. Celebrating in Style - Derby Concert Orchestra's sixtieth birthday, with Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. High Energy Performance - A 'Salute to Vienna' concert, reviewed by Lawrence Budmen