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  January 4, 2015

"The Red Violin" - an intriguing issue title from the BIS production team! It refers to Corigliano's violin concerto being based on his score for a film of that name, of which more later. The link between Corigliano's (1997-2003) and Kuuisto's (2011-2012) violin concertos is Elina Vähälä (b. 1975), ... more
  December 24, 2014

Caudebec-en-Caux is located in Normandy, 27 miles (43 km) W.N.W. of Rouen, on the right bank of the River Seine. Its large Gothic church of Notre Dame looks like one but is not a cathedral, as the area has no bishopric. Built in the 15th and 16th centuries, King Henry IV of France is said to have ... more
  December 22, 2014

Normally, I try to escape the torrent of Christmas music records, but here is one which you can play at any time during the year. This is more or less what the Venetians did with their music. For them, Christmas was only the culmination of the Festival (Carnevale), which had started in La ... more
  December 18, 2014

The title 'Magnificat' might make some collectors perceive this to be a disc of sacred music; not so, despite its cathedral recording venue, but it certainly is a choral one, with the addition of a palette-cleansing treat of a piece for solely for string orchestra. Kim André Arnesen (b.1980) is at ... more
  December 14, 2014

The success of RCO Live's first disc featuring RCO's brilliant brass players () gathered requests for a follow-up, and here it is, complete with the punning title "Brass Too", as not all the pieces were initially composed for brass. The programme is as adventurous as that of the first disc, and was ... more

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