Mendelssohn, who adored Shakespeare’s writings, composed his concert overture based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1827 at the young age of 17. Music scholar George Grove described it as 'the greatest marvel of early maturity that the world has ever seen in music'.
This one-movement orchestral piece by French composer Maurice Ravel was originally written as a ballet for Russian actress and dancer Ida Rubinstein.
Written in 1977 by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten is a short canon in A minor for string orchestra and bell.
Experiments with classical music forms and jazz in the spirit of Djano Reinhardt in the grounds of Charleston Manor, East Sussex.
Adapted from an eponymous romance by the Greek writer Longus, Daphnis et Chloé is a ballet in one act with three parts by Maurice Ravel, described as a "symphonie chorégraphique".
Composed in 1893, Debussy's string quartet premiered at the Société Nationale in Paris. The work seems to be influenced by the style of César Franck, resulting in a cyclic structure with four movements connected by thematic material.
This cycle of mélodies was composed in 1912 while Delage was visiting India. It was written for a soprano and chamber ensemble of two flutes, oboe, two clarinets, harp, and string quartet.
Ukrainian cult author Andrey Kurkov takes on the absurdities of life in post-Soviet Ukraine and Russia.
L'arbre des songes (or The Tree of Dreams) is a violin concerto composed between 1983 and 1985. It was dedicated to violinist Isaac Stern.
This a suite for solo piano by Maurice Ravel was composed between 1914 and 1917. There are six movements based on those of a traditional Baroque suite, with each being dedicated to the memory of a friend of the composer (in one case, two brothers) who had died fighting in World War I.
This orchestral work by Henri Dutilleux was commissioned by the conductor George Szell in 1959 to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Cleveland Orchestra. Composed between 1963 and 1964, it was first performed by Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra on 14 January 1965.
HiBROW interviews the clarinettist Michael Collins about the 20th century British composer Gerald Finzi.