As a contemporary of Strauss and Schoenberg, it was inevitable that Alexander Zemlinsky’s brilliance would be overshadowed.
He’s complex, lengthy and often frustrating. But give Bruckner due attention and he has power to captivate like no one else.
Now he is thought of as an old Dutch master, but Louis Andriessen a former apostle of Marxist modernism would doubtless shy away from such titles.
Accompanist to Frederick the Great, the second son of JS Bach was also a composer of rare inventiveness and beauty.
Over a lifetime that witnessed unprecedented musical and social upheaval in his homeland of Russia, Alexander Glazunov remained resolutely his own man.
Italy's operatic sensation Giuseppe Verdi, at times could be just like the operas he penned: a character of enormous dramatic contrasts.
Joseph Haydn was always a lively listen but 200 years after the composer’s death, Haydn's fresh and innovatory spirit matters more than ever.
Charles Ives may have only written in his spare time but that didn’t stop the eccentric American composer from being one of the most astonishingly inventive and distinctive voices of his era.
Peter Maxwell Davies was the late composer the Mancunian wild child with the power to shock and awe, or was he the Orkney-dwelling establishment figure? As it turns out, the two are entirely compatible.
Striving for success in Nazi Germany, Carl Orff led a life of grim deceit. But, says director Tony Palmer who has documented that life on film, let’s not sell him short as a composer.
As arguably the most naturally gifted of Russia’s “Mighty Handful” and a scientist of international standing, Borodin possessed an astonishing talent.
Carl Maria von Weber his life and affairs may have been scattergun in the extreme but the German composer’s brilliantly conceived music rarely missed its target
Rosalind Appleby explores the work of Peggy Glanville-Hicks one of the 20th century’s most gregarious musical personalities.