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With its vivid depiction of Mother Nature, Vivaldi's Four Seasons needs little introduction. But what about all the creatures that inhabit this musical world? From chirping birds to barking dogs, Vivaldi's animals have voices of their own!
The beautiful oboe solo that opens the Adagio. How could a musical moment Brahms feared "feeble" manage to arouse jealousy in violinists everywhere?
The piano 🎹 It may seem obvious to listen to the piano in a piano concerto, but if we look closer, there's a bit more to it than that...
Prokofiev had the misfortune of dying the same day as Stalin. Entangled in death as in life, both men left their mark on the twentieth century.
Full of Christmas cheer, Brahms wrote to Clara Schumann in December 1857:
Jacqueline Du Pré © David Farrell / Redferns On January 26th, the classical music community remembers...
Hugely renowned in his native Europe, the young Béla Bartók can hardly have imagined that he would receive perhaps the most important commission of his life while languishing with an unknown disease on a hospital bed in New York, after several barren years. But the final chapter in Bartók’s life story was full of surprises.