CD Review: Birmingham Post on Psalm- Contemporary British Trumpet Concertos

SIMON Desbruslais demonstrates his virtuosity in four fresh, vigorous and varied works by three British composers. In Deborah Pritchard’s Skyspace he plays the piccolo trumpet, an instrument familiar through baroque works – famously in Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos – but seldom heard in contemporary music. It suits the soaring lines of Pritchard’s work, the seven sections […]

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Explore the Score- Hans Gál: Idyllikon

Hear it live for the first time in 25 years on the 31st of January here.  Idyllikon Four movements for small orchestra, Opus 79, (1958) Serenade, Badinerie, Sarabande, Villanelle Duration: 29” First performance: Vienna Radio, Aug. 1960 (Orchester des österreichischen Rundfunks/Etti) Hans Gál was born in the small village of Brunn am Gebirge, just outside Vienna. He studied […]

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Does Music Have a One-Percent Problem?

2014 was the year in which the real world finally caught up with Classical Music. As the New Year dawns, we find ourselves all deep in the belly of a whale that looks a lot like society-at-large In earlier blog posts this year, we looked at how the classical music world has been lulled into […]

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