Composer of the Week
Composer of the Week: Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901):...02/26/15
Exploring the effect on Verdi of the outbreak in 1870 of the Franco-Prussian war.
Composer of the Week: Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): The Gentleman Farmer
Verdi's agreeing to supply a new work for the Paris Opera, based on Schiller's Don Carlos.
Composer of the Week: Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): A Rickety Table...
How, after the ordeal of the Sicilian Vespers, Verdi focused on Simon Boccanegra.
Composer of the Week: Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): Enough Work to Fell...
How Verdi rushed to complete his first work for the Paris Opera: the Sicilian Vespers.
COTW: Purcell 13 February 2015
Henry Purcell's stageworks: William and Mary's accession heralds a change in direction for one of England's most brilliant and respected composers. Donald Macleod charts Purcell's activities during their reign.
COTW: Schubert 6th February 2015
Donald Macleod explores music written in a critical time in Schubert's life, following the diagnosis of serious illness
COTW: Bartok 30th January 2015
Donald Macleod explores the life and career of composer Bela Bartok (1881-1945), one of the most influential composers of the 20th Century. Today he focuses on Bartok's sickly childhood, early life and musical beginnings, including his first major...
COTW: Haydn 23 Jan 15
Exploring Haydn's time at the Hungarian palace of Eszterhaza, the composer's primary base of operations for nearly a quarter of a century and where, he said, he 'was forced to become original'
COTW: Lassus 16 Jan 15
Donald Macleod surveys the life and music of Orlande de Lassus, a cosmopolitan composer who became so famous he was known as 'the divine Orlando'.
COTW: Liszt 9th Jan 15
Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Franz Liszt with a rare opportunity to hear all 13 of his symphonic poems
COTW: Chabrier 2nd January 2015
Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Emmanuel Chabrier, a composer whose originality is acknowledged by leading voices of French music in the 20th century.
COTW: Vivaldi 26th December 2014
Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Antonio Vivaldi, a Venetian priest, feted in his lifetime as both composer and violinist, yet destined to die in obscurity in faraway Vienna
COTW: Previn 19th December 2014
In conversation with Donald Macleod, celebrated conductor, composer, jazz performer and classical pianist Andre Previn discusses his remarkable life and music
COTW: Schumann 12th December 2014
Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Robert Schumann, focusing on the literary influences that helped shape his work
COTW: Lord Berners 5th December 2014
Donald Macleod explores the life and music of the colourful and eccentric British composer Lord Berners. While he behaved as a very English gentleman, his compositions had a distinctive European slant.
COTW: Falla 28th November 2014
Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Spanish composer Manuel de Falla
COTW: Mozart 14th November 2014
Donald Macleod explores five key years of Mozart's life and presents five of his chamber works for solo wind and strings
COTW: Stradella 7th November 2014
Donald Macleod on the music of Alessandro Stradella. Highly respected and successful, he wrote in all genres: oratorios, cantatas, theatre music, opera seria, songs, and sacred and instrumental music
COTW: Khachaturian 31st October 2014
Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Aram Khachaturian, a composer whose colourful scores led him to be dubbed the 'Rubens of Russian Music'
COTW: Debussy 17th October 2014
Donald Macleod explores a less celebrated, but important, area of Debussy's output - his chamber works
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