Master Class at the KPO

Musica Universalis Organization promotes the first edition of the International Conducting Master class with M° Ennio Nicotra will be...

New chapter for KPO

Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra starts a new chapter with new conductor Claudio Di Meo. The KPO, founded in 1965, is...

Tanks crossing the Rhine

Tanks and Rivers?  Let me start with Smetana’s Vltava, one of his great cycle of Symphonic Poems written in 1874...

When nothing is as it seems

Stravinsky was, of course, a chameleon who changed his styles as often as Picasso.  Six years after the premiere...

Three great Russians and bit of Shostakovich too…

I don’t subscribe to the theory that things ain’t what they used to be.  But I back my fantasy...

Themes, Variations & Fugues

Brahms wrote the Handel Variations for his “beloved friend” Clara Schumann in 1861, when the young composer was just...

Swans

Saint-Saens’ swan is a familiar friend.  Composed in February 1886 and never out of the repertoire since.  The cello glides serenely...

Pianists

After the rough and tumble of full orchestral Berlioz and Wagner, I thought it was about time for some...

Fantasias

I have three Fantasias, two films and an encore, which acts as a brief apology to those who think...

Maestros

John Adams wrote his orchestral fanfare “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” in 1986.  His description of it was suitably...