John Suchet & Classic FM

This morning I switched on to Classic FM, despite its restricted and repetitive musical diet. I knew it should be John Suchet presenting. It was. To be honest, I was somewhat in trepidation. I have met Mr Suchet, years ago, at some function or other, and he’s a very...

Mark Bebbington plays Francis Poulenc [Resonus]

I haven’t enjoyed “monk and hooligan” Poulenc’s multifaceted Piano Concerto (1949) as much before. It’s a mishmash piece though: the first movement embraces insouciant tune, then a nod to Mozart followed by a suggestion of primetime TV weepy music, a whole range of...
Herbert Blomstedt is not 93 (not yet!)

Herbert Blomstedt is not 93 (not yet!)

Just now on BBC Radio 3, the evening concert @ 7.30, Herbert Blomstedt was consistently referred to as being ninety-three. He’s ninety-two, born 11 July 1927; might as well get in right. Good concert, Blomstedt and the Bavarian Radio SO, recorded just before last...