Hard as it may seem after the many decades during which he bestrode the music world, September 10, 2013 marks exactly five years since conductor Vernon Handley died. His final band, the English Symphony Orchestra, have published a tribute page on their website, including an effecting little character sketch by ESO leader Michael Bochman.
Here, then, is today's news.
Gramophone, which has been a scion of the classical music world since its establishment in 1923, has announced its latest round of awards--which, in turn, are perhaps the most-respected prizes the industry offers.
Upon the news of Jamie Barton's double victory at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World--the mezzo won both the main award and the song prize, quite a rare feat--the Aspen Music Festival and School tore up its schedule to get the singer back to the Rockies for her first U.S. appearance post-win.
From Rachmaninov's first 'Piano Concerto' in October of 1900, to the Britten 'Piano Concerto' on August 18, 1938, native son James Inverne picks a more studied Classicalite's Five Best.
Indeed, EMI Classical has been one of the most vital forces for recorded classical music for several decades, releasing hundreds of classic recordings from, well, take your pick.