Copywronger and wronger

I’ve written here before about the modern excesses of copyright law. Today, I came across this interesting article in the Boston Globe– it appears that legal scholars have found interesting models for the protection of intellectual property that doesn’t involve the expensive and litigious system now used by record companies and film studios. Have a […]

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RIP- Oscar Peterson

Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson has died at age 82. I amassed quite a few of his recordings over the years and have marvelled at his performances on video whenever I could find them. Anyone who has ever made the effort try to master an instrument can’t help but be humbled beyond measurement by a musician […]

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Rose City Chamber Orchestra recognized

The Rose City Chamber Orchestra (KW principal guest conductor) has been nominated for the first Oustanding Achievement in Classical Music Award as part of the 2008 Portland Music Awards sponsored by Music Spectator Magazine. Other nominees include the Oregon Symphony, James DePriest, Portland Cello Project and Jon Pittman. The awards show is January 28th, 2008.  Highlights […]

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Messiah- Top 11 tips for not messing it up.

William from Phoenix emailed the following over the weekend- “Dear Maestro Woods- I’m a regular VftP reader and young conductor about to do my own first Messiah at my church this coming week. I read your posts about the piece, but was hoping you might write a bit offering some specific musical suggestions for someone […]

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CD Review- Parry Karp

For those of you who were following my concert with Parrry Karp at the Surrey Mozart Players concert in October, there is a new review of his sonata disc “Late Romantic Music for Cello and Piano,” with Howard Karp at MusicWeb International. The critic, Jonathan Woolf, concludes- Parry Karp is surely one of the most […]

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Meet the maestro

Yes, in this context that means me  LA based violinist Lindsay Deutsch has a foundation  called Classics Alive dedicated to encouraging young people’s participation in music and they’ve set up a fantastic kids website and newsletter. Their newest feature is Meet the Maestro- last month it was Borris Brott, who all my Canadian friends know well, […]

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RIP- Karlheinz Stockhausen

  More thoughts to follow. One of the most influential and controversial composers of the 20th Century has passed. You may not have loved his music, but we’re all poorer for living in an age of market-tested platitude-music without his uncompromising intensity to keep possibility alive. Here is the story from the New York Times…

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The Furtwangler Problem

I’ve recently been following a lively discusssion of the fascist beliefs of the conductor Reginald Goodall, which has, predictably, spilled over to discussion of Karajan and Furtwangler. After writing this about Furtwangler, I thought is was interesting enough to repost here.  The most telling assesment of Furtwangler’s war-year activities and beliefs I’ve heard came from my chamber music […]

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In orbit around Jupiter….

It’s often said that conducting is a lonely profession…. This week, I’m conducting the Surrey Mozart Players in (among other things), Mozart’s Symphony no. 41. Digging out a piece this well known when you’ve done it before imposes a certain extra degree of discipline on the conductor. The challenge in coming back to piece you’ve […]

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