Mitropoulos in Rehearsal

I’ve never been able to find any decent footage of Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting. This film just appeared on YouTube on Sept 3rd, so I’m guessing I’m not the only one who hasn’t seen it before. I’ve got a lot of friends who played for a lot of legends, but I can’t think of any other conductor […]

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LvB 7: HIP To Be…. Aware (of the harmony)

I take a  certain perverse pleasure in the fact that there seems to be widespread confusion on exactly what my take is on Historically Informed Performance. Of course, my skeptical opinions on some well-known HIP-ster conductors (only one, really) are well documented (perhaps too much so for the good of my career), but I do […]

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Disaster avoidance 101- are we all playing the same piece?

For some time, I’ve been meaning to offer up a list of pieces that pose special dangers to conductors and librarians. These are works that exist in more than one version or edition, where an incompatible set of parts can mean more than just a frustrating rehearsal such as those in which the conductor has […]

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A good week at the Guardian

Sorry for having to re-post this. Once a typo gets in a blog title, it’s almost impossible to kill off, so better to start from scratch…. Highly recommended, for all conductors and students of conducting, an interesting interview with Gergiev from the Guardian Unlimited website. Download as a podcast here. Listen on their page here. […]

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“A Season of Symphonies” Meet the orchestras of the Northwest on NWPR

Robin Rilette, Music Director of Northwest Public Radio, has been a very busy person this summer. One by one, she’s tracked down almost every conductor of every orchestra in the region, and has been getting to know them and their bands. Her series, “A Season of Symphonies,” is now unfolding on NWPR, and is all […]

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The king likes blue pencil

Score marking was a popular topic at the 2009 Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop, although there were more questions than answers. With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to see how the king did it. Over at the NY Phil website, you can see a meticulously scanned copy of Mahler’s working score […]

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Gal recording- Day two. Better dead than red?

Day two of the Gál recording project is done, as is our recording of the Violin Concerto. I still find it hard to believe that a work of this stature has sat almost un-played (there were no performances at all between the premiere in 1932 and 2004!!!!!) and  completely unrecorded for so long. I’m sure […]

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