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Was 2013 a vintage year for classical music? Catherine Bott looks back on her ten musical landmarks of the year just past, including the Verdi and Wagner bicentenaries and the deaths of Colin Davis and John Tavener.
The appearance of music by Japanese composer Nobuo Oematsu in the Top Ten of Classic FM’s Hall of Fame this year caused quite a fuss. The reason? It’s from a video game. "I must admit that as a non-player of video games I was expecting it to be all blood and thunder," says Catherine, "but its sweetness and delicacy surprised me."
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