Performer’s Perspective- Das Lied von der Erde, a rebirth

    It’s probably no coincidence that the two most popular composers of the 20th Century, Shostakovich and Mahler, are also the two whose autobiographies are most intimately associated with their work. However, although their musical work may have been shaped in part by the circumstances of their lives, it is also important to remember […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 2, a moment

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester   My wife and I call Mahler 2 “the Mahler symphony of “this is the best moment in the piece” moments.” From the bracing opening to the shattering climax of the first movement, from the infinitely elegant pizzicato return of the theme of the 2nd movement to the bizarre […]

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Conductor Conversations- Gianandrea Noseda on Mahler

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester Our first “conductor conversation” for Mahler in Manchester took place on Friday at Studio 7 in Manchester. I met Gianandrea after his final rehearsal of Kurt Schwertsik’s Nachtmusiken- the orchestra was on great form, and the new piece is very good. He’s been called “the conductor who could save […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 1, a riddle

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester Mahler in Manchester begins this weekend, as Gianandrea Noseda leads the BBC Philharmonic in Mahler’s 1st Symphony. The performance takes place at 7:30 PM on the 16th of January, 2010 in The Bridgewater Hall I promised, or at least hinted at, a riddle in Mahler 1 to be discussed, and […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 1, a challenge

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester Mahler in Manchester begins this weekend, as Gianandrea Noseda leads the BBC Philharmonic in Mahler’s 1st Symphony. The performance takes place at 7:30 PM on the 16th of January, 2010 in The Bridgewater Hall Even today, the First probably remains Mahler’s most popular piece- a generation ago, it was […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Is Mahler’s music hard(er) to conduct?

“Is Mahler’s music more difficult to conduct than that of other composers?” When I was asked this question just the other day it was by no means for the first time. It is not hard to understand why a listener might suspect that Mahler’s music is harder to conduct than that of most other composers- […]

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3 Months

* When conductors (particularly guest conductors) ask for specific things to be put into the parts, they should have the good manners to do so well in advance of the first rehearsal.  And that doesn’t mean two weeks, it means THREE MONTHS OR MORE. In most major orchestras, the organization gets in touch with the conductor […]

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2009 Repertoire Report- Christopher Zimmerman

My friend and colleague Christopher Zimmerman, newly appointed music director of the Fairfax Symphony and my colleague for the last five years on the faculty of the Rose City Conductor’s Workshop has weighed in with some interesting repertoire lists and thoughts about programming. First things first- a Repertoire Report in standard format, listing Chris’s 2009 […]

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