Early music

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Classical home listening: Rachmaninov Symphonies 2 & 3; Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices
Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra are very much at home with the Russian composer, while the Gesualdo Six mine the full expressive power of Byrd’s clandestine works

Fiona Maddocks

15, Jul, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Classical home listening: Marin Marais, Madeleine Mitchell and Byrdsong
François Joubert-Caillet and L’Achéron excel in Marais’s fifth book of viol music; Mitchell’s diverse Violin Conversations is full of riches; and William Byrd is everywhere on Radio 3

Fiona Maddocks

08, Jul, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Classical home listening: new releases from the Dudok Quartet and Choir of Merton College, Oxford
The Dutch string quartet span Pérotin to Reich in a thoughtful recital, while anthems by Dyson, Howells, Elgar and Finzi get the full orchestral treatment

Fiona Maddocks

17, Jun, 2023 @11:00 AM

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The best childcare in the world? Maybe so, but new parents in Iceland are holding out for better
Even in forward-thinking Reykjavik, finding a preschool place for the youngest infants is tough. Parents explain why

Sarah Marsh in Reykjavik

18, May, 2023 @6:00 AM

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James Bowman obituary
Countertenor with a clean, focused and lyrical approach to both early and new music, including roles in two Britten operas

Barry Millington

03, Apr, 2023 @2:13 PM

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‘Haunting and poignant’: long-lost mass by Shirley Collins’ sister Dolly finally makes its debut
A school-gate chat led to the rediscovery of the late composer Dolly Collins’ Missa Humana, as her folk star sister, the writer Maureen Duffy and medieval academic Lawrence Warner explain

Jude Rogers

22, Feb, 2023 @9:05 AM

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Classical home listening: Das Lied von der Erde for piano; The Splendour of Florence with Gothic Voices
Claudia Huckle, Nicky Spence and Justin Brown’s minimalist Mahler wants for nothing, while the pioneering ensemble take on Dufay, Ockeghem and more

Fiona Maddocks

14, Jan, 2023 @12:00 PM

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Feed your soul: the 31-day classical music diet for January
From gentle awakening to explosive fanfare, duelling pianos to one chill lone voice, expand your horizons with a month’s worth of classical ear-openers

Fiona Maddocks

01, Jan, 2023 @12:00 PM

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The week in classical: The Rape of Lucretia; Solomon’s Knot – review
A shocking update of Britten’s chamber opera feels wearily relevant. And one of the UK’s finest vocal ensembles probes the musical kinship of JS Bach and his uncle

Stephen Pritchard

19, Nov, 2022 @12:30 PM

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The week in classical: Mavra/Pierrot lunaire; LSO/ Tilson Thomas; Gabrieli/ McCreesh
Covent Garden’s future stars make the most of a tricky double bill

Fiona Maddocks

21, May, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Groundbreaking female composer’s lost madrigals to be heard for first time in 400 years
Maddalena Casulana’s newly discovered songs will feature on BBC Radio 3 to mark International Women’s Day

Dalya Alberge

05, Mar, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Andrew Garrett obituary
Other lives: Harpsichord maker and restorer whose historical instruments were prized for their immaculate craftsmanship

Christopher Nobbs

24, Dec, 2021 @3:31 PM

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