He had rhythm, he had music… but for all his catchiness and easy-going charm, Gershwin deserves to be taken much more seriously.
Saint-Saëns has a reputation as the curmudgeon of French music. But his music is also passionate, daring and wickedly funny.
The composer who encapsulated the spirit and landscape of America eventually became an ironic figure of suspicion in his homeland.
Was he mad, or simply a misunderstood visionary? A brilliant but extraordinary character whose music is a truly sensual experience.
In a time of religious upheaval, Tallis’s brilliance allowed him to remain relatively unscathed.
Gluck swept away Italian opera seria and French tragédie lyrique. But his greatest legacy was a music theatre of overwhelming power.
Melancholic French composer Ernest Chausson’s declared wish was “to write one page that enters the heart”. In fact, he wrote many.