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 (...)

Modest Mussorgsky’s 1874 memorial to his friend, the painter Viktor Hartmann, was a work ahead of its time. It’s fantastical – the paintings referr(...)

William Christie traces Handel’s connection with Caroline of Ansbach through three works. Her arrival in Britain in 1714 was marked by the performa(...)

The opening of Alexander Raskatov’s 2013 Piano Concerto is vivid enough to convey clear notions of flight. And an early downwards swoop from an unu(...)