Hi,

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

Welcome to my Column, a bit of a blog: news, reviews, things to watch, and other posts to read; a mix of things. I hope you like the contents.

Cheers, Col

Kenneth Woollam RIP

From Alexander Campbell. "Another operatic death announced on the various networks. Kenneth Woollam (16/1/37-14/4/20). Woollam was a stalwart of the ENO company from the early-1970s - singing some of the heftier roles of the spinto to dramatic tenor repertory...

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, Klytemnestra, and was a...

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...

Zubin Mehta & the London Philharmonic

Zubin Mehta & the London Philharmonic

For its own label the LPO has dug deep into its archive for two Mehta-conducted performances: 26 January 1988 for Richard Strauss’s Symphonia Domestica and 9 April 1992 for Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, both in the Royal Festival Hall. I was at the Strauss but can’t...