A great Symphony: Martinů’s Fourth (1945, premiered in Philadelphia under Ormandy). Here, the late Walter Weller, who recorded the work in Liverpool and Brussels, conducts the Spanish Radio & Television Orchestra, January 2007, Madrid.

A great Symphony: Martinů’s Fourth (1945, premiered in Philadelphia under Ormandy). Here, the late Walter Weller, who recorded the work in Liverpool and Brussels, conducts the Spanish Radio & Television Orchestra, January 2007, Madrid.

Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959) I am intrigued and gratified to note that Martinů 4 has attracted Sir Roger Norrington. On October 30, in the Philharmonie, he conducts it with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, pairing it with Mozart...
More favourite Mozart: Prague Symphony (No.38/K504).

More favourite Mozart: Prague Symphony (No.38/K504).

Rafael Kubelík (1914-96) For me, Rafael Kubelík was a particularly persuasive conductor of this masterwork. From his several recordings of K504 here is his 1981 Bavarian Radio version for CBS/Sony. Ideal pacing and repeat scheme (none until the Finale, although both...
Steptoe and Son.

Steptoe and Son.

A classic episode today on Radio 4 Extra (8 o’clock, midday, 7 p.m.). Men of Letters: a game of Scrabble ensues (dad Albert coming up with X-rated words, son Harold trying to be erudite). Then the vicar (the suave Anthony Sharp) knocks on the door asking for...