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Julian Lloyd Webber


With a time span of more than six centuries, the library of classical music runs so deep that there is a wealth of marvellous ‘unknown’ music we hardly ever hear. So why not join me and make some musical discoveries?


There can’t be many people unfamiliar with the opening phrase of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor – apparently it’s one of the most downloaded of all mobile phone ringtones! Yet how many are familiar with his equally marvellous String Quintet, K516, in the same key?


Mendelssohn’s extraordinary Octet for Strings - composed when he was a mere sixteen – is another piece of chamber music every music-lover should experience.


2004 was Dvorak’s centenary and one piece I discovered that year was his beautiful Stabat Mater. This inhabits a completely different world to the well-known orchestral works and I found it profoundly moving.


Shostakovich is one of my favourite composers – an undoubted genius who has a strong claim (in my opinion) to being the twentieth century’s greatest composer. His symphonies and concertos are world renowned, but what about his fifteen string quartets? These incredible pieces reveal his innermost thoughts. The one we hear most is Number 8; but I also recommend Nos. 3 and 5. No 5, especially, is a marvellous work in which the composer really bares his soul.


Shostakovich’s fellow - Russian, Prokofiev, is famous for his ballet music but we always seem to hear ‘Romeo and Juliet’ rather than the equally wonderful ‘Cinderella’. When I played the end of Act 2 to my thirteen-year-old son he announced: “I have never heard anything like it”! I know what he means because Prokofiev’s writing for the orchestra as the clock chimes midnight is truly amazing.


I love Russian music and I have always wondered why we don’t hear Rachmaninov’s early First Piano Concerto as often as we hear numbers Two and Three. It may not be as ‘professional’ as those masterpieces but it contains just as many luscious themes and harmonies plus all the ardour of youth - not bad for Opus One!


Along with Frederick Delius, John Ireland is a British composer whose music should be heard more often. He was a fine pianist who had a liking for writing piano pieces with descriptive titles like ‘Columbine’ and ‘Amberley Wild Brooks’ and they are always beautifully written for the instrument.


Another ‘miniaturist’ well worth investigating is the French-Venezuelan, Reynaldo Hahn. His songs are amongst the most sensual in the repertoire, particularly the ecstatic ‘L’heure Exquise’.


Sometimes it seems as if the choice of music we hear in the concert hall is becoming ever more limited but the classical music library – seven hundred years old and still growing – is filled with hidden treasures to be discovered.



                                                                                              Translator: Terrie Dai



朱利安 勞埃德 韋伯






幾乎無人不曉的莫扎特的G小調交響曲作品第40,它顯然是用戶下載率最高的手機鈴聲。然而,有多少人熟悉他的同是G小調的,同樣美妙的弦樂五重奏 K516。



門德爾松非凡的弦樂八重奏 – 當他創作這首樂曲時只有十六歲 – 是另一首室內樂,值得所有音樂愛好者去欣賞體驗的。




















另一個值得研究的“縮影”是法籍委內瑞拉裔的作曲家雷納爾多·哈恩。他的歌曲躋身最性感的曲目中,特別是藝術歌曲《美好的時光》L’heure Exquise’,令人心醉神迷。






                                                                                               -- 翻譯  戴莉