I’m Colin Anderson, a writer on music and the editor of Classical Source.

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Cheers, Col

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...

TL’s From My Room Orchestra digital debut

Hi ColinI hope you're keeping safe and well in this challenging time.Sharing some peaceful music content that we hope will bring some calm this Monday morning.Recorded in bedrooms and living rooms across the world by our students and staff, our From My Room Orchestra...

Vladimir Ashkenazy Retires

Vladimir Ashkenazy Retires

What follows below is from HarrisonParrott's website (posted by them on January 17 when I was between hospitals and not doing much about anything). Three months on, I would now like to record my pleasure at having interviewed Vladimir Ashkenazy on several occasions...