Dame Isobel Baillie [1895 1983] was the leading British concert soprano of the first half of the 20th century. Her style was characterised by a focussed tone, clear diction and a speech-like and natural approach to phrasing. Her strength was in British mu
This Hybrid SACD recording of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's unique anti-war opera Simplicius Simplicissimus marks an important step in the continuing reappraisal of his œuvre, following Challenge Classics' recent release of all eight symphonies by the 20th cen
The composer Zhou Long is one of the heroes of contemporary Chinese music. Injured by the rural labour he was forced into during the Cultural Revolution, he extracted something good from that experience by imbibing the folk music of Mongolia.
Peter Sellars’ work used to be about making a statement. He would dislocate texts from contexts, subvert musical suggestion and ignore written statement for the sheer joy of the artistic friction it would generate. The beauty of his St Matthew Passion s
Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)(Heritage)Never Sing Louder than Lovely was the apt title of the memoirs of the much-loved soprano Isobel Baillie (1895-1983). This new compilation demonstrates perfectly that special quality of her voice: a p
After Monday’s Respighi extravaganza at the Proms, it was back on the rainbow express for more wonders of orchestral colour last night. In the young Stravinsky’s large-scale signing-in and poor depressed old Rachmaninov’s signing-off, you could trus