Shostakovich's Fourteenth Symphony is impossible to classify: part song-cycle, part secular rite for the dying, part hospital diary, it is without question one of the most harrowing 60 minutes of music ever written.
Franz Schubert’s art penetrates and illuminates aspects of the human condition that speak instantly to listeners. ‘A man is not taken away before he has said all he has to say,’ reflected Hugo Wolf on Schubert’s death at the age of 31. The observa
The finest work of Rossini's late years, and indeed one of his greatest achievements, is the Petite Messe Solennelle. Described by the composer as 'the last of my peches de vieillesse' (sins of old age), it was originally written for 12 voices, two pianos
For 20 years, Onyx Brass has been at the top of the international brass chamber music world, and they make their Kings Place debut as part of the Bach Unwrapped season.
Drawing from their CDs Fugue and Time to Time, Onyx pairs their own arrangements of
New Russia State SO/Walker (Naxos) Havergal Brian produced 27 of his 32 symphonies after his 72nd birthday, and the trilogy made up by the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of them was composed within nine months in 1964 and 1965. None of the three is substantial -
Buntrock/Leipziger Streichquartett (MDG Gold) In his two string quintets Mendelssohn followed Mozart's example in opting for a pair of violas rather than the two cellos that Schubert (and Boccherini before him) had favoured. The works were composed 19 ye