Kerstin Meyer RIP

From Alexander Campbell. “Just heard that the veteran Swedish mezzo-soprano Kerstin Meyer died today. She was just 92 – born on 3/4/28. Made several Royal Opera House appearances – notably as Dido in Les Troyens (1960), Octavian,...
Leonore Piano Trio plays Litolff [Hyperion]

Leonore Piano Trio plays Litolff [Hyperion]

Having worked wonders on behalf of Hubert Parry (links below), the Leonore Piano Trio (Benjamin Nabarro, Gemma Rosefield & Tim Horton) now do an International Rescue operation for Henry Charles Litolff (1818-91), born in London to a French father and Scottish...

Composer Dmitri Smirnov dies, aged 71

Boosey & Hawkes and Sikorski are sad to announce the death of Soviet-British composer Dmitri Smirnov, at the age of 71 from the consequences of COVID-19. One of the leading Russian modernist composers who studied with Denisov and Herschkowitz, Smirnov was greatly...
Gregory Rose Orchestral Music [Toccata Classics]

Gregory Rose Orchestral Music [Toccata Classics]

Composer-conductor-teacher (Singcircle, Jupiter Orchestra, Trinity Laban) Gregory Rose (born 1948) makes it on to the ever-enterprising Toccata Classics label, run by Martin Anderson (who is not a relation of yours truly, even if one of our mutual friends, Elizabeth,...
Classic FM’s Hall of Fame for 2020: The Winner is…

Classic FM’s Hall of Fame for 2020: The Winner is…

… Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending. Interesting that I heard this on BBC Radio 4’s 11 o’clock news while CFM is still counting down to announce the Number One spot in several hours’ time. Trying to steal CFM’s thunder? (Saves me tuning in later,...