The symphony that began on a tram

It is fifty years since the death of Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály. Continue reading The symphony that began on a tram

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Rachmaninov under the auctioneer’s hammer

The autograph manuscript of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony – the one with all the great tunes – has been sold at auction for £1.2 million. The 320-page score was presumed lost until it was discovered in the cellar of a Swiss collector in 2004. Continue reading Rachmaninov under the auctioneer’s hammer

Jean Sibelius: A voyage of discovery

Is anything more beautiful than the symphonies of Sibelius? Well, of course – from time to time. Two of these uplifting works are just over 100 years old, but they sound as fresh and bracing as the landscapes from which they were hewn. Continue reading Jean Sibelius: A voyage of discovery