***Coming soon on Sony Classical, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony transcribed for piano trio by Colin Matthews, played by Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos & Yo-Yo Ma. The coupling is Symphony 2 arranged by Ferdinand Ries. More anon.***

Many Happy Returns to composer Colin Matthews, 76 today. Audio of Matthews’s Memorial; with the LSO conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas [unspecified recording]. Also Matthews’s orchestrations of Debussy’s 24 Préludes; Mark Elder’s Hallé recording for the orchestra’s own label.