Some composers have had to live in the shadow of a great predecessor, most famously Brahms, looking over his shoulder at Beethoven. But Max Bruch l(...)

Antonín Dvorák wrote two of the five overtures here (My Home and Hussite) for now-forgotten plays whose subject matter encouraged him to use traditio(...)

Chandos’s centenary survey of the orchestral music of Argentina’s most celebrated composer, Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983), begins with three early wo(...)

Scriabin was one of music’s most extravagant visionaries, whose personal adaptation of Madame Helena Blavatsky’s theosophical ideas became crucial to(...)

If you’re experiencing bloat and lethargy from seasonal excess, you might feel like turning to some tunefully light and familiar Vivaldi to cheer you(...)

In spite of this disc’s title, Jeannette Sorrell, conductor of Cleveland’s period instruments band, Apollo’s Fire, has not set out to recreate a 17th(...)

Prokofiev’s Fourth Symphony recycles material the composer had written for other purposes, in this case for the ballet The Prodigal Son. (...)

Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel was written in memory of his friend Mark Rothko, for performance at the non-denominational chapel the painter was pr(...)

Purcell said that his 1683 Sonatas of Three Parts “faithfully endeavour’d a just imitation of the most fam’d Italian Masters,” and that through his(...)

John Butt’s Dunedin Consort here offers a reconstruction of Bach’s first Christmas Vespers in Leipzig in December 1723. The major works, the Magnif(...)