This strongly performed collection opens with Vaughan Williams’s folksily pastoral 1944 Oboe Concerto. The Scottish and Irish traditional music inf(...)

Since the 1980s, András Schiff moved from scepticism to active espousal regarding the use of 18th- and 19th-century pianos. He now seems to be (...)

Late Schumann is often dismissed, with the composer’s mental illness as a justification. Ann Murray, herself now in the sunset of a distinguish(...)

As a composer of songs,Schubert was such a gamechanger that his output has tended to overshadow even the songs of precursors as great as Haydn, Moz(...)

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(...)