As a performer Brahms switched loyalty from Viennese pianos (though he played a Streicher at home) to the technically more advanced and stronger so(...)

Dubliner William Hamilton Bird was known to the Bengal Calendar and Register of 1790 as a “conductor of public amusements”.  He seems(...)

“Few things are simpler or more musically satisfying,” says Israeli pianist Benjamin Hochman, “than varying a melody by adding an expressive o(...)

Received wisdom has it that Schumann’s late works fall off creatively, mirroring the composer’s failing mental health. These period instrument (...)

Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor is one of the richest works in the group of six that the composer famously dedicated to Haydn in 1785. Mende(...)

Hungarian composer György Kurtág, who turns 90 next year, is the contemporary master of the musical aphorism. His Játékok (Games) is a ser(...)

In October 1781, to impress Joseph von Strack, a gentleman of the emperor’s bedchamber, Mozart composed his Serenade in E flat for the deliciously (...)

Paul Dukas (1865-1935) is a composer whose fate demonstrates that a single masterpiece is enough to seal a lasting reputation. The popularity of hi(...)

Fizz, froth and high jinks characterise this album of music for two pianos. The Concerto for two pianos written by the Czech composer Bohuslav Mart(...)

Signum Classics’s publicity cleverly uses descriptions by the period-instrument players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to promote CPE (...)