Happy 70th birthday to Christopher Rouse

Christopher Rouse is 70 today!

The American composer, although enthusiastically championed by Marion Alsop, has not yet enjoyed the exposure his music deserves.

His studies with George Crumb and Karel Husa, not to mention a thorough grounding in rock music history, have led rise to a fiercely individual voice in American music, one that is notable for its bold writing for orchestra.

Rouse has surely written some of the loudest modern music there is, and yet he does so with a sensitivity and intensity few of his piers can match. Listen to the playlist below and see if you agree:

Music for Burns Night

Here is an Arcana playlist for Burns Night! Made up of Scottish classical music and settings of the poet, it is a mixture of vocal and instrumental music that will hopefully give an idea of the breadth of responses to Robert Burns and his poetry – not to mention his own songwriting. Make sure you serve with haggis, neaps and tatties, and a warming whisky…