Friday Playlist: Celebrating the arrival of Spring

It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke   For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this week saw us pass the spring equinox on 20 March.  In celebration of this gorgeous time of year, here is a spring-themed playlist mixing classical pieces…

On this day: celebrating musicians born on 5 January

I heard on the radio this morning that today, 5 January, marks the birth date of several esteemed pianists. I love it when life throws up this kind of happenstance. Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (5 January 1920 – 12 June 1995) was an Italian classical pianist. According to Wikipedia, he is considered one of the greatest…

“For hearts and for minds….

...the moment is supreme." - Franz Schubert Franz Schubert wrote a huge range of classical music during his short lifetime (1797-1828).  There are two chamber pieces I would like to highlight in this post. Why have I picked these out of the many hundreds I could have chosen?  I think they represent a fascinating contrast between…