The greatest of art sometimes falls through the cracks, only to be rightfully rediscovered decades later. Charles Vermeer’s paintings were unknown for 200 years, while Moby-Dick took a century to gain any recognition. Enter Emilie Mayer, a 19th-century composer whose music is compellingly distinctive, yet also features both echoes and premonitions of other symphonic greats. Her Fifth Symphony is grand, tumultuous and even cinematic at times, with melodies that are sure to become earworms.
Barber, meanwhile, casts flute, oboe and trumpet as members of his household, the voices dancing around each other to reveal a mosaic of emotions, interactions and personalities that make up a family.
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A force of nature, Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz wrote seven violin concertos, eight quartets and four symphonies. ‘I run, not walk,’ she said. ‘I speak fast, even my pulse beats faster than normal.’