Lockdown 6: Haydn’s Philosopher

Time to get all deep and meaningful?  Maybe not too much. Here’s my intro to Haydn’s wonderfully entertaining 22nd Symphony. This filmed performance is in the venue where the piece was most likely first-performed with similar instruments, and numbers of … Listen

Gardens of Discovery

Five pieces (six actually) inspired and influenced by nature and the East.  When the organisers of the Paris Universal Exposition in 1889 invited gamelan players from Indonesia they introduced French composers to a whole world of new and exciting possibilities … Listen