Something for the weekend!
What they've said…
'A conductor just waves a stick around! I'd earn a lot more [but] I can't see any other reason to do it'
Violinist Nigel Kennedy won't be picking up a baton anytime soon then
On this day…
… in 1824, the composer Anton Bruckner was born in the tiny Austrian village of Ansfelden. Renowned as an organist, it wasn't until later life that he started to compose the symphonies for which he's now famous. Click on the play button above to listen to a clip from the original version of his Fourth Symphony, played by the Bavarian State Orchestra and conducted by Kent Nagano (Sony 88697368812 (hybrid CD/SACD).
Questionable CD covers
In our mailbag this week: No, it's not Pink Floyd, it's Dutch choral music. Obviously.
In The Early Music Show this Sunday, Lucie Skeaping reveals all you need to know about Stradivarius violins. Travelling to Cremona, Italy, to the birthplace of the violin, Skeaping explores the Stradivari museum, talks to luthier Christopher D'Guerro and plays a selection of music on original instruments made by Cremona's famous maker.
And finally… the whale who sang at the Met